O'Reilly Fires Back at Clooney Charity Challenge
January 11, 2005

It's war between George Clooney and Bill O'Reilly. "Extra" has reported how the movie star responded in an open letter to the TV pundit's criticism of his fundraising efforts, first for 9/11 and now the tsunami disaster, and now O'Reilly is striking back.

"I got a letter from my pal George Clooney today," O'Reilly quipped Monday night on his show. "I don't think he likes me."

Clooney wrote O'Reilly: "People cancelled their pledges because you told them that the telethon was flawedÖ A lot of money that should have gone to a lot of needy families didn't, because you wanted a controversy."

Then Clooney gave O'Reilly the one thing he loves more than anything, a challenge: "So all right, Mr. Journalist, come on in. I'm booking the talent for the tsunami event and you, Mr. O'Reilly, are now officially invited to be a presenter."

So will O'Reilly show? Well, he began outlining some conditions on his show Monday night, stating, "I have to see what the format is. I'd like to go over and check things out. Whether I can make a pitch or not depends on how organized things are."

Clooney has already assembled an all-star list of performers including Christina Aguilera, Sheryl Crow and Tim McGraw to take part in the NBC telethon. The question remains, will O'Reilly become a factor?


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