If you watched January’s momentous meeting of minds, when Stephen Colbert appeared on the O’Reilly Factor and later that night O’Reilly made a reciprocal visit to the Colbert Report, you remember that Colbert preserved a memento of the world-historical event: He stole a microwave from the Fox News green room, which he displayed on his own show and then planted on his set. So you can imagine our surprise when we found ourselves in the Fox News green room last night — we were going on Red Eye, Greg Gutfeld’s absurdist-stoner take on the McLaughlin Group, and, no, we’re not proud — and saw what very much seems to be a Colbert Report microwave. We like to think there was a revenge micro-raid by the O’Reilly staff. True? Who knows. We decide; you report.
UPDATE: A reader e-mails: “Oh, New York Magazine, you disappoint me. Anyone who watches The Colbert Report knows that Colbert had that microwave sent over to Fox and had it tricked it out to with a Colbert Report logo so O’Reilly could never forget from whom it came.” Thanks, reader. And now we must confess: Colbert is on past our bedtime, and therefore we don’t watch it as often as we should. Then we look dumb.
Earlier: When Stephen Met Bill