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2012 Time 100 List Announced

Truth rating: 10

By Daniel Gates

(Time)

Time has announced its ninth annual TIME 100 list of the “most influential people in the world.”

“Celebrities” who made the cut include:

Rihanna
Chelsea Handler
Claire Danes
Kate Middleton
Pippa Middleton
Kristen Wiig
Louis C.K.
Matt Lauer
Stephen Colbert
Viola Davis
E.L. James
Harvey Weinstein
Jessica Chastain
Tilda Swinton
Adele

A number of celebs also contributed written pieces:

Angelina Jolie on filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Stella McCartney on Rihanna
Ashton Kutcher on Spotify CEO Daniel Ek
Pink on Adele
Howard Stern on Matt Lauer
Johnny Depp on Harvey Weinstein
Kathy Griffin on Chelsea Handler
Alyssa Milano on Mashable CEO Peter Cashmore
Elton John on singer Raphael Saadiq
Sarah Jessica Parker on designer Sarah Burton

Profile highlights include:

Adele by Pink: “There are a few artists in my life who I can think back and remember where I was when I first heard them…. Her success renews hope in me that the world I live in has good taste—that we still occasionally come back to what’s simple, and simply amazing.”

Chelsea Handler by Kathy Griffin: “Look, I don’t know how Chelsea Handler does it. Chelsea presides over her own media empire—talk show, sitcom, books—all while sharing a network with Ryan Seacrest and the Kardashians. To hell with the Time 100; she should be Person of the Year just for putting up with Khloe.”

Rihanna by Stella McCartney: “She’s one of the coolest, hottest, most talented, most liked, most listened to, most followed, most impressive artists at work today, but she does it in her own stride…. This is the beginning for Rihanna…. She is just getting going, so watch out.”

Matt Lauer by Howard Stern: “We all wondered, Was it over? It’s over, it’s over, he’s losing his hair! It’s got to be over! But we were wrong! … He was still the smartest, the strongest, the classiest…. No wonder NBC is paying someone $25 million a year and it ain’t me!”

Harvey Weinstein by Johnny Depp: “There are producers, and then there are producers. Harvey belongs to the latter batch…. Harvey isn’t afraid of a duke-’em-out. (I’ve had the pleasure of being both his ally and his enemy at various times.) He stops at nothing for what he believes in.”

 


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