Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly may not be running for president, but the pair will be stealing some of the spotlight when they go head-to-head in a 90-minute debate next month.
The debate, which was announced today, is being labeled “The Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium,” Politico reported. There is actually a modicum of seriousness to the Jon Stewart-Bill O’Reilly debate with CNN anchor E.D. Hill moderating.
The pair already have some good experience going toe-to-toe with each other, The Huffington Post noted. They have frequently appeared on each other’s shows, at times fiercely debating their sides but always reserving a good amount of respect for each other.
Already Bill O’Reilly is taking a shot at Jon Stewart. On his show Monday, O’Reilly said: “In order to illuminate the vital issues associated with the upcoming presidential election, Stewart and I will debate man-to-man, eye-to-eye. Well, not really. He’s a tiny guy.”
O’Reilly added that he and Jon Stewart would be “debating the state of the union and how the upcoming election is likely going to affect it.” He went on to say that it would be a night to remember for Stewart “and his 18 writers.”
The debate also has its own website, TheRumble2012.com, which features teaser videos and gives visitors the chance to pre-order the livestreaming event for $4.95. They can also suggest a question for the debaters to address at the event. Half of the proceeds from sales of the livestream will go to charity.
As to why livestreaming instead of broadcasting the event on television, the site notes: “It’s why Al Gore invented the internet.”
The Jon Stewart-Bill O’Reilly debate will take place at George Washington University on Saturday, October 6 at 8 pm.