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Beck on Stewart and Colbert's Copycat Rally

This is a RUSH transcript from "The O'Reilly Factor," September 24, 2010. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

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BILL O'REILLY, HOST: In the "At Your Beck and Call" segment tonight: Our pal Glenn has become a person to emulate in America. Recently, comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert announced they are going to hold a rally in D.C., much like Beck did. So how is Beck processing that? And what did he think of my interview with Stewart this week? Roll the tape.

 

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O'REILLY: So here's Beck, and he didn't watch the Jon Stewart interview because your son's fifth birthday was it?

 

GLENN BECK, FOX NEWS ANCHOR: Uh, sixth, but thanks for remembering. You know, the -- I actually was busy watching "Oprah."

 

O'REILLY: Were you? "Oprah" is not on at the same time as "The Factor," so…

 

BECK: I TiVo'd. I could only do one.

 

O'REILLY: OK. So Stewart was here.

 

BECK: Yes.

 

O'REILLY: And he's very proud of the fact that he and this guy Steven Colbert -- do you know this man?

 

BECK: I don't know him.

 

O'REILLY: No?

 

BECK: No.

 

O'REILLY: Do you know what he does though, right?

 

BECK: Yes.

 

O'REILLY: He imitates me.

 

BECK: Is that you?

 

O'REILLY: Yes, that's me.

 

BECK: I didn't…

 

O'REILLY: Yes, it's hard to tell. But that's me.

 

BECK: Oh, yes.

 

O'REILLY: So he and Colbert on October 30, when you and I are going to be with the folks up in Connecticut at the Mohegan Sun…

 

BECK: Yes.

 

O'REILLY: …they're going to be in Washington, D.C., mimicking your rally, the very successful rally you had in August. Everybody wants to know what you think about that.

 

BECK: I'm totally cool with anybody -- I mean, look.

 

O'REILLY: You're cool with it?

 

BECK: Yes. I mean, let's see, I had a problem with other people having a problem with me just expressing myself in the public space. How could I possibly have a problem with somebody else doing what I did?

 

O'REILLY: Because they're ripping you off. They're -- they're…

 

BECK: That's what they do.

 

O'REILLY: Yes, but they're mocking.

 

BECK: Did you notice Stephen Colbert, his whole career is based on you?

O'REILLY: Is that right? I didn't know that. Is that what he's doing? He's mocking me every night?

 

BECK: He's mocking you every night. That's what they do.

 

O'REILLY: That shouldn't be allowed. That shouldn't be allowed.

 

BECK: Maybe you should get 10 percent, at least, of everything they…

 

O'REILLY: You're talking about money though. I'm glad you brought that up…

 

BECK: Yes.

 

O'REILLY: …because Stewart goes on "Oprah," and he says this. Go.

 

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JON STEWART, HOST, "THE DAILY SHOW": That's Glenn Beck.

OPRAH WINFREY, TALK SHOW HOST: Yes.

 

STEWART: Yes. He's my moneymaker. You know what I call him?

 

WINFREY: What?

 

STEWART: My kid's college fund.

 

(END VIDEO CLIP)

 

BECK: He does.

 

O'REILLY: At least he's honest. Yes.

 

BECK: I think there was an article on him. I don't know what it was in. And they asked me about Jon Stewart, and I said, "A, I think he's funny. I don't think he's fair, but I don't think that's -- that's not his job. His job is to be funny. And if I were him, I'd be doing the same thing."

 

O'REILLY: You would be mocking yourself.

 

BECK: I would be mocking myself. I am be the easiest target. Do you know…

 

O'REILLY: I'm an easier target than you.

 

BECK: Any -- any joke that Jon Stewart can done -- has done, I have done at least five times before him.

 

O'REILLY: On the radio.

 

BECK: Yes.

 

O'REILLY: OK. But I'm an easier target than you. I'm more -- I'm more bombastic than you are. You're kind of a…

 

BECK: Is that what it is? More bombastic?

 

O'REILLY: You come off as a nice guy. You know, can I give you a little advice? Can I do that?

 

BECK: Well, you're going to do it anyway, so I might as well say yes, Bill.

 

O'REILLY: OK. If you didn't cry on your broadcast…

 

BECK: Yes.

 

O'REILLY: …they wouldn't have much on you.

 

BECK: I don't cry on my broadcast.

 

O'REILLY: No, once in a while you break down.

 

BECK: Well, once in a while.

 

O'REILLY: Yes.

 

BECK: Just on the days that I'm, like, you know, I feel a little puffy.

 

O'REILLY: Right. But see, if you didn't do that, then they'd have to go after me again.

 

BECK: I'm feeling so bloated, Bill.

 

O'REILLY: So these guys, Colbert and Stewart, they make big money off you and me.

 

BECK: Good. God bless America.

 

O'REILLY: You're OK with that?

 

BECK: God bless America. Yes.

 

O'REILLY: But shouldn't they give back a little?

 

BECK: No.

 

O'REILLY: No? You just said…

 

BECK: Yes, yes, they should.

O'REILLY: So you should get a residual from this -- from this little Halloween fest.

 

BECK: No. I don't think they're making any money on that. They're not making money on that. That would be wrong.

 

O'REILLY: Well, I told Stewart every dope dealer within 100 miles is going to be at that rally.

 

BECK: Yes.

 

O'REILLY: Do you know what I'm talking about?

 

BECK: No, I don't, Bill O'Reilly. I have no idea.

 

O'REILLY: So -- so they're going to have the rally. Now, I want you to make an estimate of how many people you think are going to show up. You had 2.8 million, right?

BECK: No.

O'REILLY: How many did you have?

 

BECK: We had between five and 650,000.

 

O'REILLY: Wow, big. If you had only charged a buck each.

 

BECK: Damn. I will be disappointed if they have less than three million people there. It will be a failure.

 

O'REILLY: You think so?

 

BECK: I have no idea how many people they'll get there. The more the merrier.

 

O'REILLY: There's only a million people that watch their show.

BECK: The more people that get engaged and start to pay attention to politics -- how many people were there?

O'REILLY: But that's not going to be a political rally. They're just going to mock us. That's all they're going to do. This is a rally for mockers.

 

BECK: Bill, do you know how many people watch you because they heard about how evil you were?

 

O'REILLY: Yes. That's good.

 

BECK: So this is going to be good for us because there are a lot of people there that are going to be like, "You know what? They said something about somebody on Fox that I should watch." And they'll watch. We got them.

 

O'REILLY: Did you see the Breitbart -- did you see the Breitbart tape the other night where he went into a…

 

BECK: In Chicago?

 

O'REILLY: Yes.

 

BECK: That guy is -- you know what? I said this on the radio. He may be -- I would like to see Bill O'Reilly and Andrew Breitbart in a steel cage match fight to the death. I don't know…

 

O'REILLY: But then one of us would be dead. Wouldn't you miss us?

 

BECK: Depends on who wins.

 

O'REILLY: All right. So you have no problem with Stewart and Colbert ripping off your idea?

 

BECK: No, of course not.

 

O'REILLY: Are you going to make a guesstimate of how many people are going to show?

 

BECK: I have no idea. What did I say to you? I mean, Bill, what did I say to you? I said there may be 100. Me, I mean, I have no idea.

 

O'REILLY: I'm going to say 25,000.

 

BECK: I know that Oprah tweeted it.

 

O'REILLY: Ooh, Oprah tweeted it.

 

BECK: Yes.

 

O'REILLY: What does that mean exactly?

 

BECK: I don't know. No, she got online and she tweeted it.

 

O'REILLY: What did she say?

 

BECK: She said, "I think Jon Stewart is on to something here. You should all go." Something like that.

 

O'REILLY: Do you think Oprah will show up?

 

BECK: No.

 

O'REILLY: Oprah is not going.

 

BECK: You don't think so?

O'REILLY: No.

 

BECK: Why not? Is she going to be in Australia?

O'REILLY: You and I, I wish we could go, but we can't. We're with the folks up in Connecticut. And Stewart, if you watch the interview on BillOReilly.com, which you absolutely should, unedited.

 

I said that to him. I said we can't go.

 

He said, "You and Beck should go."

 

I said, "We can't go. We're with the folks."

 

He said, "The folks. Who are the folks?"

 

He doesn't know who the folks are.

 

BECK: He doesn't know who the folks are? The folks -- Jon, the folks are the normal people in America.

 

O'REILLY: Yes, and I said those are the people who never watch your show.

BECK: They don't. They don't. You know, they have jobs.

 

O'REILLY: All right. Glenn Beck, everybody. There he is.

 

BECK: Thank you.

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