Category: Barbara Walters

Barbara Walters' fascinating people: Derek 'Gift Basket' Jeter

Barbara Walters and Derek Jeter

Sitting down with Barbara Walters for her "10 Most Fascinating People of 2011" special, Derek Jeter talked about his experiences with racism growing up as a person with a black father and a white mother.

"You'd go places and you'd get stares, you know, if you're just with one of your parents," he told Walters. "People always give you sort of a double take, because something just didn't seem right."

Jeter said it taught him how he "didn't want to be" and how he needed to learn about different people "as opposed to just judging them."

What Jeter didn't discuss in the teaser clip with Walters was a fascinating New York Post story alleging he sends his one-night stands home with a gift basket full of autographed swag — or, in the case of one woman's repeat performance, baskets, plural, because he forgot he'd given her one the first time around.

Jeter and girlfriend Minka Kelly, who rode the New York Yankees' World Series celebration float together in 2009 and were often rumored to be engaged, had an "amicable" breakup this summer after dating for three years. According to the Post, he's been playing the field since then.

An unnamed friend said Jeter, who prefers privacy, typically has lady friends over to his place, rather than taking them out, and then calls a car for them the next morning. "Waiting in his car is a gift basket containing signed Jeter memorabilia, usually a signed baseball," the friend said.

Should we try to learn more about Mr. Jeter, instead of just judging him? Meh, we'll simply sit back and ponder how an EBay listing for one of those baseballs could be worded.

And wonder whether Barbara got a basket after the "Fascinating" interview.



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— Christie D'Zurilla

Photos: Barbara Walters and Derek Jeter. Credits: Associated Press, left; Getty Images, right.

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This post has been updated, as indicated below.

Barbara Walters has released the almost-complete list of people that will be included in the 2011 edition of her annual special, "Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2011."

Warning to Daniel Craig: The Kardashians are on the list.

The most fascinating person of 2011 won't be revealed until the special airs Dec. 14 on ABC, but the rest of the participants are an eclectic group: In addition to Kourtney, Khloe and Kim Kardashian -- and don't forget mom, Kris Jenner -- there's the "Modern Family" duo of Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet, plus Simon Cowell, New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter, Donald Trump, pop star Katy Perry and Pippa Middleton.

Who's missing from the list? And tell us in comments: Who do you think will be the crowned 2011's most fascinating person?

[For the record, 2:41 p.m. Nov. 30: The headline on this post originally said "9 of 10 revealed." It has been changed.]


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-- Patrick Kevin Day

Photo: Barbara Walters in London for the royal wedding this year. Credit: Rob Wallace / ABC

Paul McCartney, Nancy Shevell are married -- let it be!

Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell are married

Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell were married Sunday in a low-key ceremony that had far more in common with the Cute Beatle's first wedding than his lavish second.

McCartney, 69, and Shevell, 51, tied the knot at London's Old Marylebone Town Hall, officially known as the Westminster Register Office.

"I feel married," the groom told reporters on his way out of the building Sunday after the civil ceremony. "I feel absolutely wonderful.”

The register's office is the spot where McCartney and Linda Eastman wed in 1969, beginning a union that lasted through three children and a knighthood, until her death in 1998. Another connection to the past: Sunday would have been fellow Beatle John Lennon's 71st birthday.

Ringo Starr and his wife, Barbara Bach, were at the ceremony, as were George Harrison's widow, Olivia, and -- of all people! -- Barbara Walters, the Shevell cousin who had a hand in bringing the bride and groom together in the Hamptons in 2007. Brother Mike McCartney was the best man.

"Going away for a big weekend," Walters had teased Friday on Twitter. "Will tell you more when I get back." She kept to her word, commenting Monday on the "wonderful family wedding of Nancy and @PaulMcCartney. Loved being there." That was it for details from Barbara -- until she spills more on "The View" on Tuesday.

The bride wore a dress by McCartney -- Stella McCartney, that is, the groom's designer daughter. And McCartney wore McCartney as well. Another daughter, 7-year-old Beatrice (she turns 8 this month!) was the flower girl. About 120 guests, including '60s it girl Twiggy and Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones, gathered at Paul's St. John's Wood home for the reception, where, according to the New York Post, he performed an original tune he'd spun up for his bride, along with one of her favorite songs: a little ditty called "Let It Be."

Mark Ronson deejayed the party, where grownups dined on vegetarian fare, including savory tarts, polenta, gyozas and more, Us Weekly said. The younger set had their own entertainment, including spinning plates, french fries and an early out courtesy of a small bus that left around 8:30 p.m.

For those keeping track, McCartney's simple first marriage had much better results than the extravagant 2002 affair in an Irish castle that saw him wed Heather Mills. At the time, friends and family had worried that Sir Paul was rushing into things in the wake of Linda's death. Only a few years later, it cost McCartney in the neighborhood of $50 million to settle his divorce.

But it seems to be a different story with Shevell: "The rest of the family love her and are thrilled she's made their dad so happy," a source told Britain's the Sun ahead of the ceremony.

New Yorker Shevell has a job of her own, holding down a vice president gig at a New Jersey-based transportation company run by her father. That company is valued in the nine-figure range, and Shevell has also been on the board of New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

McCartney and Shevell announced their engagement in May. This will be her second marriage; he has a son, two daughters and a stepdaughter from his first marriage, and one daughter with Mills.

The newlyweds plan to hold a second ceremony and reception in the Hamptons this week, but not before the groom on Monday announced 11 additional dates for his "On the Run" world tour, which will wrap up Dec. 20 in Liverpool.


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-- Christie D'Zurilla

Reuters contributed to this report.

Photo: Nancy Shevell and Paul McCartney are showered with rose petals by family and friends, including Barbara Walters, left, as they leave London's Old Marylebone Town Hall after their wedding Sunday. Credit: Lefteris Pitarakis / Associated Press

Denise Richards: Parenting Charlie Sheen's daughters is 'a difficult situation'


Denise Richards talks about Charlie Sheen Denise Richards made one thing very clear Friday about being Charlie Sheen's ex-wife and mother of two of his kids: "It's a difficult situation."

Richards, who rarely comments specifically about Sheen's exploits, actually didn't say very much to Barbara Walters and the gang when she guest-hosted Friday on "The View" (Walters admitted being the "designated hitter" tapped to broach the subject), but she did acknowledge how awkward it is for her from a mother's perspective.

"I'm learning as I go," said Richards, who explained she can easily control what's on television at home, but still has to deal with what her two girls might pick up at school.

She said she has used a book that explains addiction in terms young kids can understand -- though at first she described the book as one that helps kids "learn about different things going on" instead of simply saying it was about addiction.

Unlike Sheen's young twin sons with Brooke Mueller, Sam and Lola are old enough to cross paths with news floating around about dad's crazy life. (Sam turns 7 in March; Lola is 5½.) The girls were with mom in an adjacent room when Sheen had an allegedly drunken meltdown at the Plaza Hotel in New York; with "Two and a Half" men on hiatus at the time, he'd been spending some time with the kids while his ex-wife did publicity back East for "Blue Mountain State."

Also unlike Mueller, Richards was spotted at the hospital after Sheen's most recent hospitalization.

"This has been something I've dealt with for years," Richards said. "This is not a new situation. There are times when his life is more colorful than others and more public than others, and as the kids get older it's a difficult thing."

Still, she said: "It's honestly not my place to judge the situation."

Mmm-kay. Though we feel good about the fact that our mom never had to send out a message to friends and family along the lines of, "No 'adult film star' will be babysitting our kids!" -- we applaud Richards for drawing that line.

Incidentally, happy birthday to the actress, who turned 40 on Thursday.


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-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Denise Richards at the Heart Truth's Red Dress fashion show at Lincoln Center in New York on Feb. 9. Credit: Peter Kramer / Associated Press

Camille Grammer grilled about allegedly sexless sex life


Camille Grammer, she of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" fame, is used to being in the hot seat for inappropriate behavior -- but we at the Ministry think Barbara Walters deserves a wrist slap.

Camille Grammer Camille, currently embroiled in a divorce battle with actor Kelsey Grammer, appeared on "The View" on Monday to promote the second part of her "Housewives" reunion special airing Tuesday, where Walters asked some tough questions about her sex life.

"You sort of implied that you hadn't had sex with Kelsey in a couple of years ... and if so why are you that surprised that he wanted someone else?" Walters asked, referring to Kelsey's fiancee, Kayte Walsh

"You'd have to ask him that," Camille responded with nervous laughter, evident in the clip above.

"I thought I'd ask you since you're the one who said it," Walters pressed, sounding annoyed (at best).

"We tried and something didn't click with us on an intimate level, but we were best friends," Camille said. 

Do you think Babs was too harsh with her queries? Tell us in the comments section below.


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-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: Camille Grammer in October in New York. Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images 

Barbara Walters' '10 Most Fascinating People of 2010': Do you agree? [poll]

Barbara Walters 10 Most Fascinating People of 2010 includes Justin Bieber

Gen. David Petraeus and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg were the big reveals on Barbara Walters' "10 Most Fascinating People of 2010" special Thursday night, joining the already-announced Justin Bieber, Jennifer Lopez, Kate Middleton, Sandra Bullock, LeBron James, Betty White, the cast of "Jersey Shore" and a back-again Sarah Palin on the annual list.

In addition to commanding Walters' No. 1 spot, Petraeus commands the U.S. military effort in Afghanistan, and we certainly hope this is the last time he's spotted here in the Ministry of Gossip. For his own sake! Nothing against you, general, but him popping up with a divorce, a DUI arrest or a sex tape would definitely do us all more harm than good.

A few people from last year's list popped up in the gossip ranks this year, including one, Brett Favre, for reasons we didn't expect. Walters' most fascinating person in 2009 was First Lady Michelle Obama, with Favre, Palin, Lady Gaga, Tyler Perry, Jenny Sanford, Kate Gosselin, Glenn Beck, Adam Lambert and Michael Jackson's children filling the rest of the spots.

In 2009, many commenters said they would have liked to have seen hero pilot Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger on the list. (Hey, at least he ranked at the Tournament of Roses Parade.)

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Oprah Winfrey weeps to Barbara Walters over Gayle King; talks Stedman

This is gonna be good -- Barbara Walters let slip a little sample of her upcoming cathartic chat with Oprah Winfrey, wherein the most powerful woman in media lets loose about her super-close friendship with Gayle King.

"She is the mother I never had. She is the sister everybody would want. She is the friend that everybody deserves. I don't know a better person," Winfrey, overcome with emotion, said of King. Walters pressed her about why she was so verklempt.

"Shoot, I wasn't going to cry here," Winfrey said. "It's making me cry becuase I'm thinking about how much I probably have never told her that."

"Tissue please! I now need tissue."

Babs addressed the longtime rumors that Oprah and Gayle are perhaps more than friends.

"Well, I have said we are not gay enough times. I'm not lesbian, I'm not even kind of lesbian," Winfrey said. She said she finds homosexuality nothing to hide, but is frustrated by the rumors because they won't die.

Winfrey also discusses Stedman Graham, her only public male love interest for the last 100 years or so. Walters told the big O that, like, no one thought she and Sted were still an item.

"That's shocking to me ... [he's] the love, the lover, the man, the partner, the mate. ... I do not know another man on this planet who could live this life with such grace," Winfrey said.

The entire delicious interview airs Tuesday on ABC.


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-- Matt Donnelly

Sandra Bullock, Sarah Palin, Justin Bieber among Barbara Walters' 'Most Fascinating People' [Updated]

Sandra-bullock-most-fascinating-people As dependable as Santa's naughty and nice lists, the annual release of names on Barbara Walters' "Most Fascinating People" list reminds us that the holidays are here.

This year, Walters curates a list of the 10 people (only eight will be revealed prior to the broadcast) who captivated our attention in 2010 -- including scandal survivor Sandra Bullock, teen sensation Justin Bieber, polarizing politico Sarah Palin and princess-to-be Kate Middleton

The sit-down is significant for Bullock, who has turned up publicly only for a couple of awards, a "Today" interview pegged to charitable work, and her mildly candid People spread about adopting baby Louis. Read: Expect the juice to flow.

Palin, an alumna of the 2009 list, makes the cut again, while heartthrob Beiber hits it for the first time. Betty White, LeBron James, Jennifer Lopez and the cast of "Jersey Shore" (yes, you read that correctly) will also appear.

Walters will reveal the ninth name, in addition to the identity of her "most fascinating" person, when the show airs Dec. 9. 

Can you guess which luminary will fill the empty spot? Lady Gaga again? Final-season Oprah Winfrey? Mel Gibson? Perhaps a repeat performance from the recently-more-fascinating Brett Favre?

Tell us in the comments section below. 

[For the record, 11:56 a.m.: Justin Bieber's last name was misspelled in an earlier version of this post. As for initially calling Kate Middleton "Katie," well, that's just our little pet name. Thanks to commenter @Emmy for the catch.]

-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: Sandra Bullock at the 2010 People's Choice Awards. Credit: Getty Images


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PREACH IT! Seal Levi Johnston's future! Right here! Right now! You betcha! [video, poll]

Barbara Walters once wrote a book. It was called "How to Talk With Practically Anybody About Practically Anything." That was back in the 1970s. She has not lost her touch.

"You became famous for impregnating a 17-year-old girl," Walters told Levi Johnston on Monday's "The View." "You're 20 years old, you don't have a high school diploma yet, you don't have a trade. Now you're running for mayor.

"Would it not be better for you, instead of just seeking publicity ... to learn a trade, to find a job, to get an education and to support your son?"

Couldn't have said it better ourselves. Get a job, you Palin impregnator, you.

But what kind of profession could our boy from Wasilla possibly undertake? Well, we're members of the media, which means we (a) are experts in positively everything and (b) have absolutely no choice but to get up in this child’s business. You know, to make the world a better place. It's what Murrow would have wanted.

And because we're also members of the entertainment media, we simply must turn this whole exercise into a poll. Otherwise, why exactly did we wake up this morning?

So, what sort of career might fit Johnston best? Be aware that he has a background in hockey, so any career involving bench-clearing brawls may prove quite a fit. Phillies baseball comes to mind. We'll also make a few calls and see if there are any spare rooms in the "Jersey Shore" house.

While we're doing that, it's your turn.

-- Leslie Gornstein

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Whoopi Goldberg reveals her mother's death on 'The View'

Whoopi-goldberg-bus Whoopi Goldberg's mother died shortly after suffering a stroke that brought her daughter back home from the London run of "Sister Act," the performer announced Tuesday morning on the season premiere of "The View."

Barbara Walters, returning to the show after heart surgery during the break, set Goldberg up to reveal the news that her mother, Emma Johnson, had died Aug. 29.

"My brother and I were very, very lucky to have her in our lives," Whoopi said. "And so, I’m not sad because she had a great time.... I think I’m just sad sometimes because I think, 'Who will love me the way that she did?' But I realized that my brother and I have each other so we’re OK."

At the time her mother fell ill, Goldberg had been playing Mother Superior in a stage adaptation of her 1992 film.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Whoopi Goldberg on July 26 in New York City. Credit: Statia Photography / Getty Images

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