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About (Late) Last Night: Jon Stewart invites Glenn Beck to appear on 'The Daily Show' [video]

January 20, 2011 |  8:01 am
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Wednesday night on "The Daily Show," Jon Stewart invited Fox news pundit Glenn Beck to appear on his show. Here's why: Wednesday morning, Beck made an appearance on "Today" to promote his latest project, a self-help book called "The 7: Seven Wonders That Will Change Your Life." In the segment, host Meredith Vieira asked Beck about the angry tone and violent imagery he often used on his radio and television shows -- given that Glenn's new book encourages readers to let go of anger. Beck declined to take back the things he'd said, insisting that, like Jon Stewart and "The Simpsons," he was only joking about poisoning Nancy Pelosi and beating Charlie Rangel to death with a shovel.

The analogy was not the soundest one Beck could have made; I'm not sure the last time Jon Stewart threatened, in jest or not, an elected official. But never mind that quibbling detail. Stewart was thrilled by the name-drop and seized he opportunity."You don't have to ask Meredith Vieira to ask me. Ask me yourself!" he implored, making the case for why Beck should "Come on Jon Stewart." (Some suggested titles for the segment:  "Drop a Load on Jon Stewart" and "Two Established Television Personalities Penetrate Each Other While People Watch.")  As incentive, Stewart promised Beck a five-pronged chalk holder, an allusion to Beck's fondess for elaborate chalkboard diagrams. "Imagine, you could get five people connected to George Soros," he joked. 

So, what are the chances that Glenn Beck will follow in Bill O'Reilly's footsteps and stop by "The Daily Show" studio? It's hard to say. O'Reilly displays a greater willingness to engage -- or butt heads -- with his detractors, including Stewart.  Beck is more prone to self-deprecation than many of his conservative cohorts and has even called Stewart's impersonation of him "hilarious." So a "Daily Show" appearance doesn't seem out of the question. Still, it makes you wonder how Beck might explain clips like this to the the incisive Jon Stewart. 

What do you think?

-- Meredith Blake