Big Day for O’Reilly, Colbert

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Expect some big laughs next week on Fox News Channel and Comedy Central, with network stars Bill O’Reilly and Stephen Colbert scheduling appearances on each other’s shows.

O’Reilly, star of Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, and Colbert, host of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report,agreed to appear on each other’s show Thursday, Jan. 18. Colbert will appear first on The O’Reilly Factor at 8 p.m. (EST), and O’Reilly will return the favor at 11:30 p.m. with an appearance on The Colbert Report, which follows Comedy’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Colbert often pokes fun of O’Reilly on his mock news program, and O’Reilly, who has taken the jibes in stride, has been known to poke fun at Colbert.

“I look forward to the evening. It is an honor to speak face-to-face with a broadcasting legend, and I feel the same way about Mr. O’Reilly,” Colbert said in Tuesday’s announcement.

O’Reilly responded, “I’m really looking forward to speaking to a man who owes his entire career to me.”

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