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