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Rejected: TV Legend Barbara Walters Was Turned Down By Jay Z, Kristen Stewart & Robert Downey Jr. For 'Most Fascinating People' Interviews

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Dec. 26 2013, Published 6:35 a.m. ET

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What Barbara Walters wants, Barbara Walters doesn't always get.

An insider exclusively tells that three major A-list stars turned down the seasoned journalist for an appearance on her annual 10 Most Fascinating People special.

While celebs like Jennifer Lawrence made waves with her outspoken interview on the Babs special, a source close to production exclusively tells that Jay ZKristen Stewart and Robert Downey Jr. all turned down appearances on the show.

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"The real story behind the show is who turned down a sit-down with the interview queen for her annual special," the source said.

"Typically, Barbara very carefully starts approaching people in September for the special, but she always accounts for getting turned down by some of her interview targets. They start with 30 names and narrow it down to get all the interviews done for Thanksgiving."

Several of the biggest names opted out this year.


"Kristen hates being interviewed -- by anybody -- with a passion," the source revealed.

"But it's interesting that Jay's primary disciple Kanye West ended up on the special with Kim Kardashian."



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