In three short weeks, America's favorite frenemies Bill O'Reilly and Jon Stewart will trade insults and intellectual niceties once again in a 90-minute debate. O'Reilly announced the event Monday night on his show, explaining that it would be modeled after the presidential debates but "without all the phoniness and pomposity." It's all happening on October 6 at George Washington University, and they're calling it "The Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium." And it's going to be tons of fun, and it will "illuminate the vital issues associated with upcoming presidential election." Oh, and it'll also cost you $4.95 if you want to watch it stream live.
It's actually sort of impressive that it took O'Reilly and Stewart this long to start charging for their annual face-off. The two TV hosts have been swapping licks during primetime since 2004 when Jon Stewart made his first appearance on The O'Reilly Factor to promote his book America: A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction. It was an election year then, and O'Reilly jumped at the chance to lambast Stewart for all the "stoned slackers" who watched his show and might even influence the outcome of the election. The fun continued in 2008 when O'Reilly visited The Daily Show and shared a warm mug of hot chocolate with its host, and it sort of peaked with a 42 minute-long standoff that Fox News aired in two segments in 2010. It was during that segment that Stewart backhandedly complimented O'Reilly by calling him the "thinnest kid at fat camp."