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Report: ABC Nixed Barbara Walters’ Naming Edward Snowden Year’s Most Fascinating

barbara waltersThe New York Daily News reports Barbara Walters wanted to tap NSA leaker Edward Snowden as this year’s most fascinating person for her upcoming special, but was overruled by ABC executives.

Snowden will be on the list, just further down, the Daily News reports:

Snowden, who did land further down on the list, is particular about his outlets, relying mainly on journalist Glenn Greenwald — formerly of the Guardian — to tell his stories, and would not participate. Instead, the network did a write-around with old interview clips for his part, much like they did with Gen. David Petraeus in 2012.

The report suggests Walters was fascinated by Snowden, thinking he’ll be named TIME’s person of the year.

ABC News SVP Jeffrey Schneider disputes the report, telling TVNewser:

“There are only two people who pick the people who end up on the most fascinating list, and that’s Barbara Walters and Bill Geddie. I certainly understand it has been a parlor game for years, to try and figure out who will be the most fascinating, but the only people who know who’s on the list are Barbara and Bill.”
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WATCH: Mediabistro’s Post-Oscars Hangout

Another Oscars is behind us. So, was Seth MacFarlane a good host? Did the pre- and post- shows succeed in generating buzz? What about the speeches? From the TV coverage to the ceremony to the social media chatter, join TVNewser senior editor Alex Weprin, FishbowlLA co-editor Richard Horgan, GalleyCat editor Jason Boog, Gold Derby’s Tom O’Neil and KCRW producer Darby Maloney for a post-Oscars Google+ Hangout.

Jennifer Lawrence: ‘Actors are great but I love Al Roker’

Of all the celebrities at the Academy Awards, Jennifer Lawrence told Piers Morgan she was most excited about seeing Al Roker, who was working the red carpet for NBC. Morgan was astounded: “Of all the people you could possibly see, Al Roker?” The moment, which played out during CNN’s red carpet special, was played up this morning on “Today.”

“Piers Morgan is trying to get her to change her answer,” said Willie Giest to Roker, who was live in Hollywood with Meredith Vieira. “She will not back down. She wants to meet Al Roker.”

“She has a solid backbone and she will not be brow beaten by a guy with a name of something that a ship pulls into,” joked Roker.

Jennifer Lawrence Can’t Wait to Meet Al Roker

On CNN’s Oscar red carpet special, Piers Morgan has been asking his guests who they’re most excited to see. Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Daniel Day-Lewis would top the list, but when Morgan asked Oscar-nominee Jennifer Lawrence, she only had one man on her mind:  ”I want to see Al Roker. I used to watch him every day before school.”

Al Roker?,” Morgan shot back. “Of all the people you could possibly see, Al Roker?” “It means something to me personally,” said Lawrence, “Every morning he’s happy.”

Roker is reporting from Hollywood tonight for tomorrow’s “Today” show.

Following the Lawrence interview, Morgan chatted with Dustin Hoffman, who had some nice words about his CNN show: “God bless you for what you’re saying about gun control,” said Hoffman.

A few minutes after that, Morgan grabbed his “former boss” News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch. After chatting about some of the 20th Century Fox-nominated movies, Morgan couldn’t resist asking: “How do you feel about CNN doing so well against Fox at the moment?”

“I think we’re okay, I think we’ll survive,” Murdoch laughed. “I think you probably will,” said Morgan.

The Afternoon Ticker: Blizzard, Oscar, Jones

  • A blizzard expected to hit the Northeast tomorrow and continue into Saturday is keeping the “Today” show in New York City. Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie had planned to anchor from Chicago Friday.

  • CNN updated its iPhone app, with a must-have feature … and it sounds a little something like this. The feature is optional and can be turned off, if you get turned off by it.