Who deserves to be 'Person of the Year'?

Published Thursday, December 13, 2012 / The Five

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ANDREA TANTAROS, CO-HOST: Well, Barbara Walters revealed her most fascinating person picked last night. We'll tell you our thoughts on that in a moment.

But first, her list inspired me, along with "Time" magazine's upcoming person of the year naming, to hit the streets and ask Americans who they think deserves the title.

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TANTAROS: Who do you think should be person of the year?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Harry Styles.

TANTAROS: Who is that?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: From one direction.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I would say Eli Manning.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The president.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I think Mitt Romney. I think. I mean it's hard to be the runner up.

UNIDENTIFIED GIRL: Santa Claus.

TANTAROS: Good one!

SANTA CLAUS: Ho, ho, ho! Merry Christmas.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Santa Claus is the person of the year.

TANTAROS: Do you know that a 4-year-old just gave me that exact same answer?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Great minds think alike.

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TANTAROS: someone said I should be person of the year for putting up with you, Bob.

BOB BECKEL CO-HOST: Yes. OK, fine.

Last night, Barbara Walters went down her list of fascinating people. On it was Ben Affleck -- I guess, Greg, you can make a lot of movies and have them bomb and you're still considered fascinating.

Gabby Douglas, E.L. James, the author of "Fifty Shades of Grey", One Direction, Prince Harry, but she also put Chris Christie on her list.

And last night she asked him, this is one of the reasons why I love Barbara Walters. She had guts to ask him a question a lot of people have been talking about, his weight.

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BARBARA WALTERS, ABC NEWS: There are people that say you couldn't be president because you are so heavy. What do you say to that?

GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE, R-N.J.: That's ridiculous. I mean, that's ridiculous. People watched me for the last number of weeks in hurricane Sandy doing 18-hour days. So I don't really think that would be a problem.

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TANTAROS: What do you think?

GREG GUTFELD, CO-HOST: What a weak, weak question. There are people who say -- Barbara, who said it? It was you who said it.

She said I think you're fat. I think you're fat. That is what you should have said. "There are people who say --" what a wussy question.

TANTAROS: But a lot of people think that. A lot of people talk about that.

GUTFELD: A lot of people, who?

TANTAROS: Me and my friends. We do.

BECKEL: They say --

GUTFELD: Yes, they say. Some say.

TANTAROS: All right.

Here's another example of something that -- this is something I think about.

(CROSSTALK)

TANTAROS: Hillary Clinton in front of her. Listen to this. She asked a question about Hillary Clinton's hair. Something we all think about.

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WALTERS: Your hair.

(LAUGHTER)

SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON: I know it is one of the great fascinations of our time, much to my amazement.

I do not travel with any hair dresser, I'm not very competent myself. I have been admitting that for years which should be obvious to everyone. So I said, enough, we're just going to try to go with simple as possible.

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BECKEL: Somebody explain to me who is this band thing? I never heard of them. She put Honey Goo Goo?

TANTAROS: Honey Boo Boo.

BECKEL: That little chick has been getting more publicity for doing nothing. But living well, never mind.

(CROSSTALK)

BECKEL: R.C. Cola and moon pie.

ERIC BOLLING, CO-HOST: That's most fascinating at the bottom of this thing --

BECKEL: You find her fascinating?

BOLLING: I do.

BECKEL: You do?

BOLLING: Well, if we talk about it and everyone wants to hear what's going on.

(CROSSTALK)

BOLLING: Half the people who watch are disgusted. Other half are enamored. That's fascinating. She's right.

BECKEL: That little kid?

BOLLING: Yes.

BECKEL: Really?

BOLLING: That little kid.

BECKEL: Wait a minute. Who's this band? Can somebody tell me who the band is?

TANTAROS: Boy band.

DANA PERINO, CO-HOST: Like your daughter probably likes them. Or maybe she might be too old.

BECKEL: One Direction.

GUTFELD: Dana, you have a One Direction lunch pail.

PERINO: Yes, I have one for every day of the week.

GUTFELD: Yes.

PERINO: Monday through Friday. I always bring my lunch. Well-balanced meal with little like baby carrots.

GUTFELD: I like how to use to (INAUDIBLE) make a little happy in your bread.

PERINO: Yes.

TANTAROS: Dana, what do you think of the list?

PERINO: I like Hillary Clinton. That was good. I also think Bill Clinton was pretty fascinating this year. He came back from kind of hadn't been in public eye much to help Barack Obama win again.

I thought it was weird -- I would have put Blake Shelton on the list.

GUTFELD: Please!

PERINO: There is a good reason. You don't even know.

(CROSSTALK)

BECKEL: Her top number one?

TANTAROS: Her number one, yes, her number one is David Petraeus. I actually, I agree with that.

BECKEL: Dana made a good point. What has David Petraeus done this year? Except get in an affair.

GUTFELD: Two he's done.

(LAUGHTER)

(CROSSTALK)

TANTAROS: Makes you a very fascinating person, too, Bob.

GUTFELD: Who uses the word "fascinating" when they describe somebody --

PERINO: When I talk about you all the time.

GUTFELD: Aside from me. You have don't go I just ran in to the most fascinating person. No planets are fascinating. Scientific discoveries are fascinating. Lemur, fascinating.

People, not fascinating. People are people.

PERINO: Well, I didn't have time. Follow me on Twitter tonight as I go to Vegas for the National Finals Rodeo. It will tell you why I think Blake Shelton should have been on the list. There is a good reason. Not just because he is a good singer.

BECKEL: Can I have a phrase to be banned?

GUTFELD: What?

BECKEL: "To die for." OK?

GUTFELD: There you go.

PERINO: Who said that?

BECKEL: It came in my mind.

BOLLING: You could be one of the most fascinating people I know.

TANTAROS: You know what? On that note, you are absolutely right. Bob, you might just be the most fascinating person, at least here at "The Five."

BECKEL: They broke the mold, I guess.

TANTAROS: They sure did.

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