RENEE MONTAGNE, host:
For more than a year, comedian Stephen Colbert has hosted the nightly show based largely on parodying Fox News host Bill O'Reilly. The imitator and the imitated met last night, trading appearances on each other's shows. Colbert often stresses his French sounding name and O'Reilly wanted to know why he changed from Colbert to Colbert.
(Soundbite of "The O'Reilly Factor")
Mr. STEPHEN COLBERT (Host, "The Colbert Report"): Bill, you know, you got to play the game that the media elites want you to do. Okay? You and I have taken a lot of positions against the powers that be and we've paid a heavy price. We have TV shows, product lines and books. It's not the price we pay.
Mr. BILL O'REILLY (Host, "The O'Reilly Factor"): It is tough being me. Is it tough being you?
Mr. COLBERT: It's hard for me to be you.
MONTAGNE: The normally bombastic Colbert was for a night reverential, sitting face-to-face with the physically commanding O'Reilly.
Mr. COLBERT: Here's what I love about you, Bill. You give and give.
Mr. O'REILLY: Right.
Mr. COLBERT: I do my show, half hour night, four nights a week. I haven't seen my kids in 18 months and I am losing calcium in my bones. Doctors say I should stop. I'm not gonna. Okay? You go five nights a week, an hour a night.
Mr. O'REILLY: An hour.
Mr. COLBERT: Plus the radio factor, Bill. What do you want? What gives you the strength? Jesus Christ, or Pat Robertson's protein shake?
MONTAGNE: Bill O'Reilly never answered that question. Later, when he appeared on Colbert's show, the Fox News host didn't quite match up with his macho persona.
(Soundbite of "The Colbert Report")
Mr. O'REILLY: I'm effete. I'm not a tough guy. This is all an act.
Mr. COLBERT: You're breaking my heart, Bill.
Mr. O'REILLY: Sensitive, I'm a -
Mr. COLBERT: If you're an act, then what am I?
(Soundbite of laughter)
MONTAGNE: We'll leave you, our listeners, to ponder that question. Stephen Colbert and Bill O'Reilly appearing on each other's shows last night.