Some of the year's biggest stars opened up to Barbara Walters for her annual special, "The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2011."
Former presidential candidate Herman Cain told Walters that he doesn't believe he was treated fairly in his campaign for the Republican nomination.
"I believe that in the court of public opinion, I have not been treated fairly," he said. "Because the accusations were false, but they continued to be spun as if they were true, and they are not true."
When asked by Walters if he thought any of it had to do with the fact that he is black, Cain replied, "Yes, I happen to believe that Democrats did not want an accomplished, articulate, optimistic black man to face President Obama. I can't prove that … but I do believe that."
Cain told Walters he doesn't expect to be chosen as a running mate because then the … spin of the spin would start all over again," but would "totally hypothetically" be interested in the cabinet position of secretary of defense.
He said that while he's known as "the 9-9-9 guy," a reference to his economic policy proposal, he says that the Department of Defense appeals to him, "because if I could influence rebuilding our military the way it should be, that would be a task I would consider undertaking."
Pop star Katy Perry told Walters her music is a departure from her conservative Christian upbringing.
"Everything I do is a bit slightly forbidden," the 27-year-old said.
Perry's parents were former hippies turned evangelical pastors -- her mother once dated Jimi Hendrix, and her father is a recovered drug dealer.
"I'd heard it in his sermons because it's a part of his testimony," she said. "Then I started to register, 'oh, yeah, their lives were very colorful before this very black-and-white world.'"
In that "black and white world," the only music in their strict Christian household was gospel music, and the only book, the Bible. Deviled eggs were known as "Angeled eggs" in her household.
"I still call them Angeled eggs," Perry said.
"When I was a little girl, I kind of thought that our world, my family's world, was the only type of world that existed. I had no idea that there was, you know, rock and roll or MTV … we had television but it was very censored. If people were about to kiss, I would never see that actual kiss. It would be changed the next second, but I didn't know that at the time."
|Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson|
On mainstream TV once a week, audiences are watching two gay men raise a baby, and rooting for them.
As members of an extended "modern family," Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson are breaking new ground. Tyler Ferguson is gay in real life and Stonestreet is straight, but says he was bullied because of his weight.
"I was made fun of, you know, as a kid, for being overweight," he told Walters. "I was always the biggest kid around, tallest and widest and thickest, I guess. But, you know, it definitely helped me become me. I learned how to, you know, take jokes away from people before they could say them."
Ferguson also said he was "called names."
"I was, you know, pinned up against a fence with my jacket, and left out there after the recess bell, and the teacher had to come find me," he said. "I had red hair, I had glasses, I think maybe some kids knew I was gay, and I was, that was a threat to them. I just knew that I was kind of always trying to stay in the shadows, not make too much noise."
No matter where you look these days, you are likely to see a Kardashian. The ubiquitous reality TV stars have created a cultural juggernaut of spinoffs and endorsements by living their lives in front of the cameras and seeming to hold nothing back.
Khloe, the youngest of the three sisters, told Walters she had a difficult time during her teenage years.
"My sisters were always so beautiful … I did not look like them," she said. "And I had a very long awkward phase, and I've always been taller, and my weight fluctuated, and I got bullied my entire teenage life, but always compared to my sisters, and I've even been asked a million times, 'are you adopted?,' by people."
Now 27 and married to NBA star Lamar Odom, she says, "it took a really long time for me to be comfortable with myself."
"When I even take pictures with them now, I get called an ogre … I'm 5'10"… I think people think [my sisters] are much taller than they are," she said. "The Internet can be so negative. Because to me, they call me Shrek, or an ogre … they're awful to me. But I'm over it now. I own who I am and I have the best husband in the world … and when my weight goes up and down … he loves every single thing about me."
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Walters also talked to Simon Cowell about his relationship with Paula Abdul, New York Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter about growing up in a mixed race family (CLICK HERE to watch) and billionaire Donald Trump about his presidential bid and his legacy (CLICK HERE to watch).