Dec. 9, 2011 at 10:42 AM ET
"Daily Show" host Jon Stewart found himself in hot water -- and maybe bound for something far, far hotter -- after he declared a mock war on Christmas.
"A couple of nights ago, I responded to the ginned-up outrage that many Christmas celebrants feel when they are unable to celebrate Christmas at all times, in all places," Stewart told viewers on Thursday night's show.
He then ran a clip of his call to war, which not so surprisingly, caught the attention of his TV nemesis and frequent feud partner, Bill O'Reilly.
"Our pal Jon Stewart is following the various Christmas controversies very closely," the man Stewart dubbed "one of Santa's unusually large elves" told his "O'Reilly Factor" audience before adding, "Now, there is no question Mr. Stewart is going to hell."
OooK. Well, even if O'Reilly wasn't totally serious about that claim -- and he did let out a little chuckle after making it -- as it turns out, the joke's still on him. Because his rival isn't exactly afraid of the flames.
"Here's what you and your minions don't understand, O'Reilly," Stewart stated. "Your hell doesn't scare me. I make my living watching Fox News eight hours a day. I'm already in hell."
Do you think O'Reilly will let the war of words drop, or should Stewart expect another jab to come his way soon? Tell us in the comments section below.