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Barbara Walters names Honey Boo Boo one of her Most Fascinating People

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It's almost time for the most important news event in everyone's grandmother's life: Barbara Walters is announcing who is on her list of Most Fascinating People of 2012. Topping the list is gold medal gymnast Gabby Douglas, Hillary Clinton and ... Honey Boo Boo? We don't care what Neil Degrasse Tyson says, the Mayans were right.

"It's a love story. It's a very sweet, loving story," Walters explained to Us Weekly about why she included 7-year-old redneck larvae Alana Thompson on her list. "A lot of people will say, 'For heaven's sake, this is ridiculous, this is a child at 5 or 6 years old entering beauty contests,'" she says. "But the relationship between Alana and her mother -- that's the story, the two of them. It's very touching."

Walters, who will feature Thompson on her Dec. 12 ABC special says Alana's relationship with her family, even her new niece with three thumbs, is sweet and will "make you smile," she the kid deserves recognition. "The fact that we have a show with Hillary Clinton, Chris Christie and Honey Boo Boo ... that is varied to say the least," she says. Hey Babs, getting all green lights on the drive home from work makes us smile, too, but it doesn't deserve its own TV show.

[Photo: AP]

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[Last modified: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 4:46pm]

    

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