Talk about reality TV: Former President Bill Clinton and his opponent in the 1996 presidential race, Bob Dole, plan to square off again.
The two diametrically opposed political philosophers have signed on to provide 10 debate segments on CBS’s “60 Minutes,” starting this coming Sunday, The New York Times and Daily Variety report.
The two are reportedly teaming up to revive the commentary segment “Point-Counterpoint” on “60 Minutes,” in which one commentator takes the liberal point of view and the other, a conservative one. (Guess who’ll fit which shoes.)
The show has not used the “Point-Counterpoint” segment regularly since 1979. Dan Aykroyd and Jane Curtin used to lampoon its format on “Saturday Night Live,” with Aykroyd once famously retorting to Curtin: “Jane, you ignorant slut.”
“60 Minutes” creator and executive producer Don Hewitt tells The Times that the segment will no longer be called “Point-Counterpoint,” but, rather, “Clinton/Dole” one week, and “Dole/Clinton” the next.
“When you’ve got a name like that,” Hewitt tells the paper, “you don’t waste it.”
No financial details of the deal were disclosed, but neither man is known to work for free.
Clinton, 56, (who tells The Times that he admires Dole for being “a patriot”) makes a fortune in speaking engagements and book deals, while Dole, 79 (who tells the paper that he and Clinton intend to “have some fun”), has served as a TV commercial pitchman, including spots for Viagra and Pepsi.