The feud: Largely manufactured. Colbert's TV persona on The Colbert Report is clearly an homage to the blustery bombast of The O'Reilly Factor he even calls O'Reilly "Papa Bear." The two agreed to appear on each other's show in January 2007 in a good-natured mock debate.
Chance at reconciliation: We have no doubt that Colbert is mocking O'Reilly; that's clear to anyone. But as O'Reilly said, imitation is the clearest form of flattery. These two won't be fast friends, but it's a symbiotic relationship; good for everyone.
He Said/He Said:
"If you imitate someone, you owe them a royalty check. If you emulate them, you don't. There's a big difference. Check your lawyer.
Stephen Colbert, Jan. 18, 2007
[Colbert] owes his whole life to me, and I'm happy to give it up for him.
Bill O'Reilly, Jan. 18, 2007