This is bound to be terrible news for people who loved watching Dr. Oz dispel questionable medical advice-slash-concern troll, like when he dedicated a whole segment of his show to warn viewers of the dangers of Ashton Kutcher’s all-fruit diet (that’s what he’s actually doing in the picture above, while getting upstaged hard by a CGI bile duct). Last month Dr. Mehmet Oz announced that he was officially running for the US Senate in the state of Pennsylvania, and a big question (aside from the biggest question: “WHY???“), was how he was going to do The Dr. Oz Show and pursue a late-stage career in politics. As it turns out, he’s not! He’s pulling the plug on The Dr. Oz Show, and letting it die next month. Wait, does his medical license approve him for clearance on end-of-life decisions? I’m pretty sure he’s only medically allowed to recommend scam email boner pills.
I suppose I thought that after Dr. Oz announced a hiatus from the show, they would bring in a revolving line-up of guest hosts, like on the current version of The Wendy Williams Show. And I’m sure if they got desperate for a fill-in host with daytime TV charisma and the ability to push pseudo-science, they could clone the DNA off of a used Crest White Strip swiped from Travis Lane Stork’s trash can. They’re not going to do that. It’s being reported that they’re just simply going to end The Dr. Oz Show instead. via TV Line:
Dr. Oz is scrubbing out: The Dr. Oz Show will come to an end just after the new year, TVLine has learned.
The series’ final airdate will be Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. The chatfest will have run for 13 seasons.
In September 2020, The Dr. Oz Show was renewed for Seasons 13 and 14, taking it into Spring 2023. But in November 2021, host Mehmet Oz announced that he was running for Pennsylvania’s open United States Senate seat, as a Republican.
So Dr. Oz could have guaranteed himself at least one more season of income, but he’s decided to throw it all away at the chance of becoming a US Senator. Which…might pay off, considering he’s not polling that poorly. And as TV Line notes, he’s pretty much gone full-on Senate campaign mode. The official Dr. Oz Show YouTube channel has started throwing up campaign videos, although his Instagram page is still posting clips from the show. January 14th is almost exactly one month away, and with the show going on a holiday break, there really won’t be that much room for new episodes.
And it appears the spot left open by The Dr. Oz Show’s departure won’t be vacant for long. TV Line writes that The Dr. Oz Show will be replaced by The Good Dish, which is a one-hour syndicated program hosted by Dr. Oz’s daughter, Daphne Oz, as well as food writer/Top Chef judge Gail Simmons, and Let’s Eat co-host Jamika Pessoa. The Good Dish started as a weekly segment on The Dr. Oz Show, so I guess you could technically call it a spin-off.
But what will the final episode of The Dr. Oz Show look like? I’m guessing it will be a teary farewell filled with the foundational building blocks of Dr. Oz’s 13-season tenure as a TV doctor. The numerous bogus weight-loss cures. Time-killing segments about what your poo is telling you. Dubious dietary suggestions. And maybe the Goodbye sheet cake will be wheeled out by a literal bottle of snake oil, who knows!
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