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The Most Fascinating Person of the Year Was Revealed by Barbara Walters Last Night. It’s Not Donald Trump and It’s Not Amy Schumer. It’s …

Dec 18, 2015  •  Post A Comment

Barbara Walters unveiled her selection for the Most Fascinating Person of 2015 on her annual ABC special Thursday night, with the honor going to Caitlyn Jenner.

“Formerly known as Bruce Jenner, this year Caitlyn announced that she had transitioned from being a man to a woman, first undergoing several surgical procedures, then legally changing her name,” ABC News reports. “Jenner was once hailed as the greatest athlete in the world after winning the 1976 Olympic decathlon and later became a motivational speaker and a reality TV star with one of television’s most famous families, the Kardashians.”

The report notes that Jenner has become “a symbol of hope for the transgender community.”

Jenner documented her high-profile transition on the E! reality series “I Am Cait,” and was a catalyst for discussion and awareness of transgender issues. In the process, said Walters, Jenner transformed society.

The other people on Walters’ list of the year’s 10 most fascinating people are Amy Schumer, Donald Trump, Tracy Morgan, Misty Copeland, Ronda Rousey, Donna Karan, Bernie Sanders, Jeff Bezos and Bradley Cooper.

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  1. Really Baba Wawa? Jenner? Why? I’m sorry, but I don’t understand why Jenner is even newsworthy. Thousands of people do the same thing every year and where’s THEIR glory? You have lost whatever credibility you had with me as a journalist. Forever more, you will only be Baba Wawa, a joke.

  2. Dumbest thing ever!!! Hate it was Caitlyn!!!

  3. “with one of television’s most famous families, the Kardashians”

    Andy Warhol was inaccurate. In the future, some people will be famous for fifteen years for utterly no reason. The talentless Kardashian brood is famous for simply being famous.

  4. BaaBaa WaaWaa needs to retire and write her memoirs. Caitlyn Jenner as the “most fascinating person of the year” was a poor choice. But then again these trainwreck celebrities get more traction thanks in no small part to news outlets producing stories on them. What was once strictly “entertainment news” has become too much a part of what broadcast execs now consider “real news”. It’s a shame; Paddy Cheyefsky really did predict the future of broadcast news.

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