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Clooney to Fox's O'Reilly: 'Ante up'

NEW YORK, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Actor George Clooney challenged a Fox News anchor to personally make sure money raised in a celebrity telethon for tsunami victims actually gets to them.

Clooney e-mailed a letter to Fox News Anchor Bill O'Reilly Monday, saying O'Reilly's comments last week will result in people donating less money, CNN and MSNBC reported.

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"This is your chance to put your considerable money where your considerable mouth is," Clooney wrote in the sarcastic missive signed, "Your fan." He invited O'Reilly to "ante up" and be part of the show and be "that watchdog that you feel we clearly need."

O'Reilly said his participation depends on "how organized things are" during his show Monday. "We have to be sure the situation is under control," The "O'Reilly Factor" anchor said.

It's the second time the two have sparred. O'Reilly criticized a United Way event in which Clooney participated after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks in the United States. The latest dispute began last week when O'Reilly expressed concern all the money raised in the upcoming event be sent to tsunami survivors.

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