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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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Greta ‘Taking a Pass’ on the White House Correspondents’ Dinner This Year

Greta Van Susteren’s husband John P. Coale sitting between Lindsay Lohan and Kim Kardashian at the 2012 White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

She was famous for escorting the famous around Washington, DC during White House Correspondents’ weekend. But this year, Fox News host Greta Van Susteren is taking a pass on the dinner April 27. “I made another commitment out of town that weekend,” she writes on GretaWire.

I am sure everyone will have fun – it is the one day of the year that the media, politicians, entertainers etc. socialize together – but it can also be a bit exhausting as it is a 2 1/2 day affair.

In recent years Van Susteren has played host to Kim Kardashian, Ozzie Osborn, and last year, Lindsay Lohan

But there was a backlash following last year’s star-studded dinner, by none other than NBC’s Tom Brokaw on “Meet the Press.”

“I think George Clooney is a great guy,” said Brokaw. “I’d like to meet Charlize Theron. But I don’t think the big press event in Washington should be that kind of glittering event where all the talk is about Cristal champagne, taking over the Italian Embassy, who had the best party. That’s another separation between what we’re supposed to be doing and what the people expect us to be doing.”

Greta tells Politico she will likely attend the annual brunch put on by Tammy Haddad on the day of the dinner.

Willie Geist Gives Kim Kardashian Parenting Advice

Willie Geist was not in his usual perch on NBC’s “Today” or MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Friday –  he was in Los Angeles for a taping of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” Kim Kardashian, who is expecting a baby with Kanye West, was also a guest on Thurday’s show, and Geist threw a few parenting tips her way.

“Kanye’s gonna have to decide early on whether or not he’s a baby bjorn guy,” Geist advised. “Because the minute you put on that baby bjorn, there’s no turning back. It’s like buying a minivan — you lose a little piece of yourself.” Watch:

Geist also talked about his infamous on-air kiss with Al Roker:
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Greta Van Susteren: ‘I Am Game’ For a Celebrity-Free White House Correspondents’ Dinner

On Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” NBC’s Tom Brokaw said it’s “time to rethink” the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, stating the star-studded event “separates the press from the people they’re supposed to serve.” Now Fox News Channel’s Greta Van Susteren, who hosted Lindsay Lohan and Kim Kardashian at last month’s dinner, is responding to Brokaw’s idea:

I am game to give Tom Brokaw’s idea a try next year – no more celebrities for our one big social night in Washington (WHCD) – but here is my request: in exchange, how do we get our colleagues in the media’s attention to such issues as genocide in Sudan?  does he have ideas? and could he help?

Van Susteren traveled to Sudan last month and has been writing of the region’s devastation on Gretawire since she returned.

“I thought it odd that the media had lots of interest in my guest list at the WHCD — but not any interest in the my video and pics showing genocide in Sudan,” she wrote. “Imagine if we could get someone with the star power of Tom Brokaw to be more interested in the genocide going on in the Sudan than the guest list at a social event! I would love that!”

Did Greta Van Susteren’s Husband Have the Best Seat in the House?

As you know by now, Greta Van Susteren invited two Kardashians and a Lohan to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner last night. Not surprisingly, Kim Kardashian and Lindsay Lohan (and Keith Olbermann, Barack Obama, Barbara Walters, cable news, Newt Gingrich, and more) made it into Jimmy Kimmel‘s monologue. At one point Kimmel asks Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, “Would you do us a favor? Would you mind driving Lindsay Lohan home? … Make sure you do not run into a goose. Especially a grey goose.”

That’s Greta’s husband John P. Coale sitting between Lohan and Kardashian. Our spies tell us Lohan did eat, but did not drink.

Greta Van Susteren Invites Lindsay Lohan As Guest to WHCA Dinner

In 2010, it was Kim Kardashian.

Last year it was Sarah Palin.

This year, FNC’s Greta Van Susteren and her husband John P. Coale have outdone themselves. FishbowlDC reports the couple has invited Lindsay Lohan as their guest to this weekend’s White House Correspondents Dinner festivities. If history is any indication, this means LiLo will make the rounds at Tammy Haddad‘s Garden Brunch, the pre-Dinner cocktail parties, the dinner and an after party or five. But if anyone can chaperone an oft-busted starlet around DC, it’s Greta. At least we hope so.

Ahead of ‘Where in the World’ Kickoff, Matt Lauer Shares Travel Tips with David Letterman

Monday marks the return of “Where in the World is Matt Lauer?,” which the “Today” show has resurrected after a three-year hiatus for November sweeps.  Lauer gave viewers a clue to his first destination on the show this morning: “It conjures up thoughts of a child’s worst fright, but there are no people to scare in this skier’s delight.” The “Today” show anchor also stopped by CBS’ “The Late Show” last night to share some travel tips with David Letterman. (Among them: “Get drunk before your flight, airplane booze is expensive,” and “Honeymooning with Kim Kardashian? Get refundable tickets.”) Watch:

Kris Jenner tells Ann Curry Kim Kardashian Made No Money on TV Rights for her Wedding

Kris Jenner was booked on the “Today” show to talk about her new book, but Monday’s news that daughter Kim Kardashian was divorcing after 72 days marriage, was topic A, and B and C and most of D. During the 8-minute live interview Jenner dispelled rumors about how much money Kardashian made on TV rights of the wedding. “We don’t sell television rights,” says Jenner. “Our network has been amazing to us. We have a great relationship with them. But we were all paid to do our television show just like any other episode.”

Jenner also went on the fourth hour of “Today” with Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford, then to ABC’s “The View” and she’ll be on “Good Morning America” tomorrow morning and HLN’s “The Joy Behar Show” tomorrow night. HLN says Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian will be on with Behar two weeks from today.

Gifford, Greta Van Susteren and Lara Spencer were just a few TV news personalities who attended the wedding.

In late September the whole Kardashian clan co-hosted the fourth hour of the show. E!, on which the Kardashians appear endlessly, and NBC News are both owned by NBCUniversal.

Kardashians to Co-host ‘Today’

Late morning TV watchers, your dream has come true.

Bruce Jenner will be hosting the fourth hour of the “Today” show next week, as will his wife Kris, and his stepdaughters the Kardashians… all of them.

NBC announced that a different Kardashian, and the two Jenners, will sit alongside Hoda Kotb in the co-host seat next week. Khloe Kardashian is first up on Monday, with Bruce Jenner on Tuesday, then Kris Jenner on Wednesday, Kourtney on Thursday and Kim Kardashian on Friday. NBC News and E! — where the 7 or 8 Kardashian shows air — are both owned by NBCU.

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TV Journos Descend on Kardashian Wedding

As we noted last week, Saturday was the wedding of reality TV star Kim Kardashian and NBA player Kris Humphries, and plenty of TV news personalities ventured to Montecito to attend.

From Fox News, Greta Van Susteren was a guest, along with ABC “Good Morning America” lifestyle anchor Lara Spencer and “Today” fourth hour co-anchor Kathie Lee Gifford. As The Hollywood Reporter‘s Kimberly Nordyke notes, CBS News and CNN had crews on-site filing reports, though they were not allowed inside the wedding. Update: CBS says that a local affiliate was there, but not a national news crew.

E! had the exclusive video rights to the wedding, which will air as a pair of two-hour specials in October. NBC’s “Today,” which like E! is owned by Comcast, got the first video to come out of the wedding courtesy of its sister network:

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