By Adam S. Levy – Radar Staff Writer
The Kardashian clan – Kim, Kourtney, Khloe and mom Kris Jenner – landed a spot on Barbara Walters’ 10 Most Fascinating People of 2011 on ABC Wednesday, and in a sit-down with the famous family, Walters hit where it hurt, confronting Kim about her sex tape, and the family about how they are able to command the limelight without “any talent.”
Walters reminded Kim of the 2007 sex tape she made with hip-hop star Ray-J that launched her name into the headlines, before asking her point-blank, “So was it a good thing to have done?”
“I have made mistakes in my life, for sure,” Kim said, without specifying to the legendary journalist if the XXX film had a positive or negative effect on her life.
Mom Jenner then jumped in, reminding her daughter, “You learned a lot from that.”
Jenner told Walters the experience was “devastating” for the family, and that she cried herself to sleep a few nights before regrouping and seeking legal remedies to the problem.
Also on Wednesday’s special, Walters asked the reality TV family how they are able to maintain fame and riches without a formal act to fall back on.
“You don’t really act; you don’t sing; you don’t dance,” Walters told the quartet. “You don’t have any — forgive me — any talent!”
Kim said that despite the lack of a shtick, they’re “still entertaining” the viewers who tune into their shows, explaining there’s more pressure on reality stars to “get people to fall in love with you for being you” — which takes a degree of yes, talent.
Also in the interview, Khloe admitted she’s been hurt by the digs taken at her appearance online, as she’s been likened to the cartoon character Shrek and called an ogre.
“The Internet can be so negative … I’m over it now, I own who I am, and I have the best husband of in the world,” she said of her spouse, Dallas Mavericks forward Lamar Odom.
If you’re wondering where were all the questions about Kim’s 72-day marriage to free agent NBA forward Kris Humphries, it’s because there wasn’t anything to ask yet at the time, as the interview was taped in September, Walters told David Letterman Tuesday. (Kim filed for divorce on Halloween.)
Apple owner Steve Jobs, who died in October at 56, topped the ‘Most Fascinating’ list, marking the first time in 18 years of doing the special that Walters awarded the top selection to someone who’d died. Walters said she’d already earmarked the top spot for Jobs when he retired in August, but never got the chance to interview him.
“It’s unlikely there will ever be anyone like him again,” she said.
Others who made the list included: Amanda Knox, Herman Cain, Donald Trump, Derek Jeter, Simon Cowell, Modern Family stars Eric Stonestreet & Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Pippa Middleton and Katy Perry.