Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly don’t see eye to eye on, well, about anything. Last night on The Daily Show the two sat down for a heated discussion about white privilege.
O’Reilly came on the show to promote his new book, Killing Patton, but the conversation quickly veered to the topic of race.
Stewart started the interview saying: “Listen, here’s all I want from you today. This is all we have to do during this conversation. I have one simple request. I want you to admit that there is such a thing as white privilege. I just want you to say that I am terribly terribly wrong.”
O’Reilly repeatedly denied that “white privilege” exists saying that “America is now a place where if you work hard, get educated and are an honest person, you can succeed.” The Fox News host argued that since the two most powerful people in America (President Obama and Oprah Winfrey) are black and that the highest paid people in America are Asian that it was clear that white privilege does not exist.
Stewart tried to convince O’Reilly that white people, especially white men, have it easier than most other Americans and he nearly succeeded. The interview ended with O’Reilly admitting that race, in some cases, did play a factor in a person’s success.
Check out a clip from the interview below or watch all 12 minutes of it here on Comedy Central.