Well okay, they are not technically sex tapes, but who’s really looking for sex tapes these day? Bill O’Reilly of The O’Reilly Factor and Stephen Colbert of The Colbert Report traded appearances on each other’s programs this week. The non-sex videos are below.

So who came out as the top banana? Does Gilligan beat the Skipper? You be the judge.

Parody met its inspiration Thursday when
Stephen Colbert and Bill O’Reilly traded guest appearances on each other’s shows in an exchange that Colbert called “a meeting of the guts.”

Colbert has molded his tough-talking, America-defending persona as host of the satirical “Colbert Report” largely on the Fox News pundit. On his Comedy Central program, Colbert has often spoke reverently of O’Reilly — or as he affectionately calls him, “Papa Bear.”

“The Colbert Report” and “The O’Reilly Factor,” the top-rated program in cable news, were taped one after another early Thursday evening, with “The Factor” airing at 8 p.m. EST and “The Report” at 11:30 p.m. EST.


Dueling videos below, may the best banana win:

Colbert on the O’Reilly Factor

O’Reilly on the Colbert Report

Gigantic hat tip: Daily Background

See also: NoFactZone, No Fact Zone again with Scarborough, Make Them Accountable, Hot Air, City Paper, Huffington Post, NewsHounds,

USA Today has this to say:

Fox News’ mouth that roared, Bill O’Reilly, says he’s really not sure what to expect Thursday at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT when he talks to Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central’s Colbert Report, and he’s not saying what he plans to ask Colbert earlier on The O’Reilly Factor (8 ET/5 PT).

“I think he’s going to stay in the role, in full Colbert regalia. It’ll be a Borat situation,” O’Reilly says, referring to Sacha Baron Cohen’s infamous character.

As for what he’ll ask Colbert, “it’s going to be a surprise. I prepare for all of my interviews, but it’s not any more than I prepare for anybody else, but I have a certain line of questioning that I’m going to get into.”

Is O’Reilly going for the big kill? “No.”

Colbert could not be reached for comment. O’Reilly says the two met once at a Time magazine event last year. “It was a nice conversation, that’s all, but I don’t know him enough to say if he was in his role or not.”

He’s flattered to be satirized by Colbert and Jon Stewart, saying that Comedy Central “understood the culture was being influenced by us, and they decided to satirize us, and that’s what smart people do in that business.”

Some observers have noted that younger viewers now actually get their news from fake anchors such as Colbert and Stewart, but O’Reilly doesn’t buy that.

“I don’t think younger viewers get their news from them, but I do think people like Colbert shape their opinions,” O’Reilly says.

“Their approval of a certain person means something, and their disapproval of a certain person means something to their audience, but I don’t think they get their facts from them.”