4 December 2012 11:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Be silenced, Honey Boo Boo haters.  Barbara Walters is on the defense after adding Alana Thompson, the 7-year-old phenomenon and star of TLC's Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, to her list of The 10 Most Fascinating People of the Year. In 2011, Walter confronted criticism when she placed the Kardashians on the roster (to the reality TV family's credit, they are well aware they are famous for being famous.) "A lot of people will say, 'For heaven's sake, this is ridiculous, this is a child at 5 or 6 years old entering beauty contests,'" Walters says in

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