Late Night: Barbara Walters says you can’t trust the Kardashians

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Last night, veteran journalist Barbara Walters unveiled her annual list of the world’s most fascinating people in a 90-minute special on ABC. The late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs topped the list, marking the first time it included someone who was no longer living.

More curious, though, at least for David Letterman, was the inclusion of professional egomaniac Donald Trump. Letterman has been outspoken in his criticism of Trump’s headline-grabbing behavior this past year. When Walters stopped by ‘The Late Show’ Wednesday night, he asked her to explain the Donald’s inclusion on her list.

Sounding as if she was trying to convince herself as much as anyone, Walters insisted Trump belonged on the list ‘because, whatever you think of him, the man is fascinating. The day after someone else is elected, Donald Trump is still going to be saying that he’s the candidate.’

Like Trump, the Kardashians are not so much ‘fascinating’ as they are ‘overexposed,’ but they too made Walters’ list. She asked Letterman if he liked the Kardashians and, perhaps worried about endangering future bookings, he struggled to find an answer.


‘Uh, well, I used to. I mean, I don’t even ... honest to God,’ he stammered. ‘What about that 72-day marriage?’

Walters explained that the segment with the Kardashians was taped back in September, before Kim’s abrupt split from Kris Humphries, Kourtney’s pregnancy, or Khloe’s impending move to Dallas. At the time, the family insisted they had no other big news on the horizon.

‘You cannot trust the Kardashians,’ Walters declared. For once, she sounded as if she meant it.


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— Meredith Blake