O'Reilly, Colbert trade appearances


NEW YORK -- After more than a year of parody on "The Colbert Report," Comedy Central will get the real thing for a half hour.

Fox News Channel host Bill O'Reilly will appear on "The Colbert Report" at 11:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, as a guest on the show. Colbert, who plays his O'Reilly-like commentator to the hilt, will return the favor by appearing on "The O'Reilly Factor" earlier in the evening at 8 p.m. EST.

Colbert, a longtime contributor to Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," got his own show in October 2005. O'Reilly has had the top cable news show for more than five years and has been with the Fox News Channel since its start in 1996.

"I'm really looking forward to speaking to a man who owes his entire career to me," O'Reilly said in a prepared statement.