(NEW YORK) — One of the names on Barbara Walters’ list of 2012’s Most Fascinating people is TLC reality star Honey Boo Boo. Walters tells UsWeekly she included the 7-year-old, whose real name is Alana Thompson, because “it’s a very sweet loving story.”
Walters explains, “A lot of people will say ‘For heaven’s sake, this is ridiculous, this is a child at five or six years old entering beauty contests. But the relationship between Alana and her mother — that’s the story, the two of them. It’s very touching.”
Walters’ 2012 list also includes actor/director Ben Affleck, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, gold medalist Gabby Douglas, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Fifty Shades of Grey author EL James, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and boy band One Direction.
Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2012 will air Dec. 12 at 9:30 p.m. Eastern time. The number one most fascinating person of the year will be revealed that night.
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