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Published:December 5th, 2012 11:54 EST

Honey Boo Boo Child Makes Barbara Walters' 'Most Fascinating' List

By Robert Paul Reyes

"The reality TV star whose real name is Alana Thompson was named one of Walters` most  `Fascinating People` of 2012. Walters feels the legacy of the `Here Comes Honey Boo Boo` reality star is touching.


`It`s a love story,` Walters told Us Weekly of the bond between Honey Boo Boo and her mother, June."

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Don`t be distracted by the bad grammar, poor hygiene, appalling diet or redneck tomfoolery, "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" is all about love.

Honey Boo Boo Child has the talent and precociousness of a Shirley Temple, the world-weariness and mystery of a Greta Garbo, the marketing skills and chutzpah of a P.T. Barnum, and the comedic skills and timing of a Charlie Chaplin.

Honey Boo Boo is the kind of genius that we see only once in a generation, and her appeal will endure for generations to come.

Barbara Walters would have been criminally negligent if she had failed to acknowledge Honey Boo Boo as one of the most fascinating individuals of 2012.

I won`t bore you with who else made the list, this year it was all about the precocious child from Georgia, and you betta redneckognize her talent and achievements.

Barbara Walters "Ten Most Fascinating People" special will air on December 12 on ABC.

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