Two popular talk-show hosts will hope to bring some levity — and maybe a little insight — to this year’s election season by squaring off in a debate next month.
Bill O’Reilly and Jon Stewart will go head to head on Oct. 6 in a 90-minute debate to be held at George Washington University in Washington, organizers announced Monday.
Mr. O’Reilly, host of Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor,” and Mr. Stewart, host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” will discuss various political topics during what organizers are calling “The Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium.”
The debate, which organizers are also calling the reason “why Al Gore invented the Internet,” will be streamed live online and will cost $4.95 to view. Most tickets to attend the debate at GWU’s Lisner Auditorium will cost $75 or $100. One-half of net profits are expected to go to charity.
Mr. O’Reilly and Mr. Stewart rarely see eye to eye, but the two frequently have engaged in spirited, yet civil, debates on each other’s shows.
“I’m excited to debate Mr. O’Reilly,” Mr. Stewart said in a statement announcing the event. “I believe this will be a very enjoyable night for fans of our programs, political junkies, partisans and people who just enjoy yelling.”
Mr. O’Reilly’s enthusiasm was more tempered.
“I had no idea my agent signed me up for this,” he said. “How can I get out of it?”