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Colbert meets O'Reilly, Part I

David Edwards and Mike Sheehan
Published: Thursday January 18, 2007
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Worlds collide as The Colbert Report's Stephen Colbert is interviewed by Bill O'Reilly on the FOX host's O'Reilly Factor.

"I've been waiting for this my whole life, sir," says Colbert to O'Reilly in the tongue-in-cheek encounter that aired this evening. O'Reilly starts off by questioning the "French" pronunciation of Colbert's name and comes back to that subject several times in the interview.

Among many humorous exchanges that often had the studio crew laughing aloud, O'Reilly knocks Jon Stewart's audience of "stoned slackers" and asks Colbert if his greater success is driving Stewart "to smoke more substances." The Daily Show host "was high most of the time I was over there," replies Colbert, who got his start with Stewart.

Colbert will in turn host O'Reilly on The Colbert Report. See that video here.