Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly will go head-to-head in a debate to be held in Washington next month, the pair announced Monday.
In what will no doubt be the greatest exchange of ideas since the Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858, the hosts will face off Oct. 6 in a 90-minute event, dubbed the “The Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium.” The conversation will be moderated by television journalist E.D. Hill, and Stewart and O’Reilly will also field questions from the audience and, of course, the Internet.
Although Stewart, the left-leaning host of "The Daily Show," and O'Reilly, the conservative host of "The O'Reilly Factor," have made occasional appearances on each other's shows over the years, the Rumble represents the first time the ideologically divergent pundits will spar for an extended period of time.
The curious can watch the debate, which will be live-streamed via the Internet, for a mere $4.95.Tickets to the live show, which will be held at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium, will cost quite a bit more: $100 to be exact. One half of the net proceeds from the event will go to a “number of charitable causes,” according to the Rumble website.