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Thursday
Dec092010

Barbara Walters Talks to Oprah, 'Fascinating People' in TV Specials

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Barbara Walters says, "I will never do it again."  She's talking about producing and starring in not one but two back-to-back Thursday night specials on ABC.

In the first one, called Oprah: The Next Chapter, Walters gets Oprah Winfrey to open up, discussing everything from her rumors about her sexuality, to why she never had kids, to her relationships with both Gayle King and longtime boyfriend Stedman Graham.

Winfrey tells Walters that despite all the rumors, she's "not lesbian, not even kinda lesbian" and says the reason why the constant questions bother her is "because it means that somebody must think I'm lying."  She adds, "Why would you want to hide that?  That's not the way I run my life."  Winfrey also says the reason she never had kids is because if she did, the pressures of her job would have led to her neglecting them.  She says, "I have no regrets about that."

In the second special, The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2010, Walters sits down to chat with Sarah Palin, Betty White, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bieber and the cast of MTV's Jersey Shore, and also mentions Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Prince William's fiancee Kate Middleton, LeBron James and Sandra Bullock.  Walters talks to Betty White about sex and how she has no plans to retire, discusses Justin Bieber's love life and haircut, finds out what kind of American Idol judge J-Lo will be, and learns about Jersey Shore slang like "grenade" and "smush."

As for Palin, she's back for a record third appearance on this annual special and, when asked if she could beat Barack Obama if she ran for president, says, "I believe so."  She reveals what book and which magazines she reads, and dismisses as "silly" reports that she cost the Republican party a Senate majority in the recent elections by backing unqualified candidates.

As for the most fascinating person of 2010, that's still a secret.  Walters, per tradition, won't reveal who it is, except to say, "When you see who this person is, you'll say, 'Yeah. [They] should be." 

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