IT'S A MEGA MONUMENTAL MOMENT
WHEN TV'S BIGGEST PUNDITS STEPHEN COLBERT AND BILL O'REILLY
APPEAR ON EACH OTHER'S RESPECTIVE SHOWS ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 18
Stephen Colbert Will Be a Guest on FOX News Channel's "The O'Reilly Factor"
At 8:00 PM ET
Bill O'Reilly Will Be a Guest on COMEDY CENTRAL's "The Colbert Report"
At 11:30 PM ET/PT
NEW YORK, January 9, 2007 -- A colossal media event a year-and-a-half in the making will unfold when Stephen Colbert ventures into the "No Spin Zone" to make his debut guest appearance on FOX News Channel's (FNC) "The O'Reilly Factor" on Thursday, January 18th at 8:00 p.m. Later that evening Bill O'Reilly will grab his American passport and head over to "Colbert Nation" for his debut appearance on COMEDY CENTRAL's "The Colbert Report" airing at 11:30 p.m.
Colbert commented, "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."
O'Reilly added, "I'm really looking forward to speaking to a man who owes his entire career to me!"
"The Colbert Report" airs Monday-Thursday at 11:30 p.m. following "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." Each episode repeats Monday-Thursday at 1:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and Friday at 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. (all times ET/PT). Guests who Colbert has "nailed" in the past include: Stone Phillips, Barry Manilow, Tim Robbins, New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, Deepak Chopra, Randy Newman, Frank Rich, Martin Short, Toby Keith, Neil Young, Morgan Spurlock, Tom Brokaw, Dhani Jones, Tony Hawk, Madeleine Albright, Sebastian Junger, Jesse Jackson, Arianna Huffington, Frank McCourt, Maureen Dowd, Jim Lehrer, Harry Shearer, Mike Lupica, Representative Robert Wexler (D-FL), Ron Reagan Jr. and Lorraine Bracco.
"The O'Reilly Factor" has been the highest rated program in cable news for more than five years. Going beyond just the headlines, the "Factor" uncovers news items from the established wisdom and goes against the grain of the more traditional interview style programs. No stranger to controversy, O'Reilly's signature "no spin zone" is designed to cut through the rhetoric as he interviews the key players. Throughout the past 10 years, O'Reilly has authored four New York Times bestsellers, including the most recent Culture Warrior, as well as The O'Reilly Factor and The No Spin Zone, which were both number one on the bestseller list, and The O'Reilly Factor for Kids. He was also named one of the 10 most powerful people in TV news by Television Week in 2003 and 2004.
FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour general news service covering breaking news as well as political, entertainment and business news. For more than four years, FNC has been the most watched cable news channel in the nation and currently presents 8 out of the top 10 programs in cable news. Owned by News Corp., FNC is available in more than 85 million homes.
COMEDY CENTRAL, the only all-comedy network, currently is seen in more than 90 million homes nationwide. COMEDY CENTRAL is owned by, and is a registered trademark of, Comedy Partners, a wholly-owned division of VIACOM Inc.'s (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B) MTV Networks. COMEDY CENTRAL's Internet address is www.comedycentral.com. For up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs visit COMEDY CENTRAL's press-only Web site at www.comedycentral.com/press.