Kardashians may have made her list of 10 Most Fascinating People of 2011, but Barbara Walters showed them no mercy as she interviewed the famous reality family for the TV special.
Barbara, 82, took a swipe at the family for finding fame and fortune without “any talent” as she sat down with Kim Kadashian, 31, Kourtney, 32, Khloe, 27, and their mother Kris Jenner, 56.
Barbara Walters also grilled Kim Kardashian about the X-rated tape she made with hip-hop star Ray-J in 2007 that helped launch her into the spotlight.
The veteran journalist asked: “So was it a good thing to have done?”
It proved to be an awkward moment, with Kim Kardashian clearly a little rattled at being caught off guard.
“Whatever you do, you might think…” she stammered, trailing off.
Kim Kardashian then said: “I’ve made mistakes in my life for sure.”
Kris Jenner, her mother and manager quickly went into damage control mode, offering to Kim: “You learned a lot from that.”
Kris Jenner went on to describe the experience as “devastating” for the family, adding that she cried herself to sleep at night over it.
However, Kim Kardashian’s 72-day marriage to Kris Humphries was not discussed – the interview was recorded in September before the couple’s split.
Barbara Walters candidly quizzed the family about how they were able to stay in the spotlight.
“You don’t really act; you don’t sing; you don’t dance,” Barbara Walters said.
“You don’t have any – forgive me – any talent!”
Khloe Kardashian was the first to chime in, saying: “We’re still entertaining people …”
Kim continued: “I think it’s more of a challenge for you to go on a reality show, and get people to fall in love with you for being you.”
Then Khloe added: “None of us think we have talent. None of us think we can sing or act or dance.”
Khloe Kardashian was also asked about criticism she has received on the internet, with some cruelly comparing her to Shrek and called an ogre.
“The Internet can be so negative… I’m over it now, I own who I am, and I have the best husband in the world,” Khloe Kardashian said.
Khloe Kardashian and her husband Lamar Odom are now set to move states after his transfer to the Dallas Mavericks.
Apple owner Steve Jobs, who died in October at 56, topped the list while Amanda Knox, Herman Cain, Donald Trump, Derek Jeter, Simon Cowell, Modern Family stars Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Pippa Middleton and Katy Perry were also included.