Barbara Walters apparently needs to get out more, because she thinks Honey Boo Boo is one of the Most Fascinating People of 2012.
Seven-year-old Alana Thompson joins Ben Affleck, Hillary Clinton, and Olympic super star Gabby Douglas on Walters’ annual list.
America seems to love the redneck toddler too. Her reality show, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” was a ratings boon for TLC, even beating out a broadcast of the Republican National Convention. Not to mention, Rosie O’Donnell claims Honey Boo Boo is the next Shirley Temple. (Darryl F. Zanuck just rolled over in his grave.)
For her part, Walters seems convinced Alana and her family are more than the latest reality show train wreck. The journalist tells Us Weekly, “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.’ But the relationship between Alana and her mother — that’s the story, the two of them. It’s very touching.”
To join Barbara in being touched by the Thompsons, tune in to her ABC special on Dec. 12.