Forget Obama vs. Romney, or Biden vs. Ryan. The most entertaining debate of the election season is shaping up to be Stewart vs. O'Reilly.
Yes, the well-known TV frenemies, Jon Stewart and Bill O'Reilly, have agreed to engage in 90 minutes of verbal warfare. Billed as "The Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium," the event is set for Oct. 6 at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Rather than broadcast the showdown on TV, Stewart and O'Reilly are streaming the event over the Internet -- for a price. Audiences can buy a video or audio stream of the debate for $4.95 from therumble2012.com. Half the net profits will go to charities.
Stewart and O'Reilly are polar opposites when it comes it political and social ideology, but they have a cordial relationship and have appeared on each other's cable television shows in the past.
In a statement, Stewart, host of "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central, said: "I'm excited to debate Mr. O'Reilly. I believe this will be a very enjoyable night for fans of our programs, political junkies, partisans and people who just enjoy yelling."
O'Reilly, who presides over "The O'Reilly Factor" on Fox News, said: "I had no idea my agent signed me up for this. How can I get out of it?"
The debate is to be moderated by E. D. Hill, a television anchor who has worked for both CNN and Fox News.