Colbert actually understood that this swap was good natured and meant to be fun in a wink-wink to the two audiences sort of way. Bill O’Reilly seemed to be lost, and, frankly it was cowardly to softball Colbert and then once he was gone put on two guests to talk about how horrible Colbert (and what he does) is. If he had issues with Colbert, he had him right there.
It appeared that Colbert was nervous and trying too hard. O’Reilly was relaxed and went with the flow. No one was expected to outdo the other. Colbert forgot this.
Even on O’Reilly’s show, Colbert always had control of the conversation. He flipped around everything O’Reilly said and used it for his own benefit, he inserted his own clever little jabs, he refused to acknowledge O’Reilly’s attempts at humour and he stole the man’s microwave!
I thought Colbert actually took it easy on “falafel boy” — he could have buried him.
It’s a sad situation when a pseudo-news anchor (with a show watched by millions) hosts a guest that is virtually a spoof of himself, and the said guest actually resonates more with viewers.
Was there a contest I was unaware of? How do you define “win”?
Actually a close call. O’Reilly actually came across as a human being for a change.
I had to vote for O’Reilly, considering the wacky Olbermann nutcases that feed on your site.