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Walters Names Hilton Fascinating

December 7, 2004

NEW YORK (AP) _ Paris Hilton has been named one of the ``most fascinating people of 2004″ by Barbara Walters. Walters will host a special on Wednesday, presenting the 10 most intriguing people of the year.

Others besides the hotel heiress include filmmaker Michael Moore, ``Jeopardy!″ champ Ken Jennings and Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling.

In an interview for the show, Walters asks Hilton about the now infamous sex video with her then-boyfriend Richard Salomon. The tape surfaced just before the premiere of Hilton’s Fox reality show, ``The Simple Life.″

``I was in love with him and people, I think, do that sometimes,″ Hilton says. ``I never thought that it would get out and that I’d be hurt like that.

``It was (very painful). I thought it was the end. I thought, I was so embarrassed for all my teenage fans and my younger fans. I thought it was over.″

Nevertheless, ``The Simple Life″ became a hit, and spawned a second series as well.

Also in the interview, Hilton reveals that she doesn’t just sit around saying ``That’s hot″ all day: she even reads books. And the most recent one? Fittingly, ``Maneater,″ a novel about an uninhibited L.A. woman’s search for a man.

``Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2004″ airs 9 p.m. EST Wednesday on ABC.

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