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Barbara Walters to un-retire for 'Most Fascinating'

Barbara Walters remained on "The View" from its

Barbara Walters remained on "The View" from its debut in 1997 to May 2014, when the veteran news journalist officially retired. Credit: AP / ABC

Barbara Walters will revive her crowd-pleasiong staple, "Most Fascinating People" special, ABC just announced -- thereby reviving this question: Wasn't Barbara supposed to be retired?

 No longer!  Here's what Babs said, via a statement: 

"I was absolutely delighted when ABC approached me to do another year of ‘10 Most Fascinating People’.'  I know we said last year was our last, but there are just too many fascinating people out there… and you never pass up the opportunity to interview Oprah, Neil, Chelsea, or Scarlett.”

(Perfect! What's next? A very special weeklong "guest-hosting" stint on "The View" to promote the special? Now that's fascinating.) 

Not (of course) did anyone fully expect the forever-young Walters to stay out of the limelight for too long: Her retirement in May was from "The View," and all of her other assorted on-air activities, this included. But she did attach an asterisk: Maybe, just maybe there was a curtain call or two left.

 The details: 

Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014,” a two hour ABC News special highlighting some of the year’s most prominent names in entertainment and pop culture. Walters will interview Oprah Winfrey, Neil Patrick Harris, Chelsea Handler, and Scarlett Johansson for the special. Additional names will be announced shortly. The #1 most fascinating person will be revealed on the special. “BARBARA WALTERS PRESENTS: THE 10 MOST FASCINATING PEOPLE OF 2014” will air on SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14 (9:00-10)

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