From L to R: TIME Managing Editor Rick Stengel (moderator); Speaker Newt Gingrich, Bryan Cranston, Padma Lakshmi, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Matt Lauer
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TIME hosted its annual Person of the Year panel today, where a seemingly random assortment of notable people give their opinions on who should get the honor. Moderated by managing editor Rick Stengel, panelists included:
Bryan Cranston – best known for his chemical concoctions on Breaking Bad, star of Argo.
Newt Gingrich – The only panelist who actually held the honor of “Person of the Year,” as speaker of the house back in 1995. Dubious about climate change.
Matt Lauer – host of the Today show, not dubious about climate change.
Padma Lakshmi – Host of Top Chef, woman.
Michael Nutter – Mayor of Philadelphia.
Here’s a roundup of the contenders, and what the panelists thought. Read more