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Jon Stewart Vs. Bill O'Reilly: Watch Their Next Showdown on Sept. 22

by Chris Jordan, posted Sep 16th 2010 3:30PM
Politics aside, Jon Stewart and Bill O'Reilly are entertainers of the first order. So another Jon and Bill showdown should make for an entertaining evening of television.

Stewart, host of the 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' on Comedy Central, will appear on Bill O'Reilly's 'The O'Reilly Factor' on Fox News on Wed., Sept. 22, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times. O'Reilly will reciprocate with a trip to 'The Daily Show' on Mon., Sept. 27.

This will mark Stewart's third appearance on 'The Factor.' A spot in February drew big ratings and headlines.

The visits are for mutual benefit: Stewart will promote his new book, 'Earth (The Book),' while O'Reilly also has a new book, 'Pinheads & Patriots: Your Place in the Age of Obama.'

A talking point for the upcoming interviews might be Stewart's criticism of Fox News' coverage of the mosque proposed to be built near in lower Manhattan. Stewart has been especially critical what he says is the cable news network's failure to disclose that a funder of the mosque is the second largest shareholder of News Corporation, the parent company of Fox News.

Despite the political barbs, Stewart and O'Reilly seem to enjoy a mutual respect for each other's work.

"I always enjoy watching you and I do enjoy watching your program,'' Stewart told O'Reilly in 2008 on 'The Daily Show.' "You're not an ideologue; I'm not sure what you are.''

The first meeting of the hosts occurred in 2004 on 'The Daily Show' on the eve of that year's presidential election. O'Reilly had been referring to Stewart's audience as "stoned slackers' at the time.

Watch two of their previous meetings below:

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