Oprah Winfrey broke her silence on Dr. Mehmet Oz’s decision to run in the 2022 Pennsylvania Senate race as a Republican, after he asked her to “stay out” of it.
“Don’t support me because if you get involved in any way, you’ll get hurt and I don’t want my friends hurt,” he said about Oprah’s involvement in his political aspirations.
The former talk show host decided to voice her opinion on the matter, but didn’t give her former protege her endorsement.
“One of the great things about our democracy is that every citizen can decide to run for public office,” Winfrey remarked. “Mehmet Oz has made that decision. And now it’s up to the residents of Pennsylvania to decide who will represent them.”
The former “Dr. Oz Show” host may have more to worry about than Oprah’s neutral statement. He got caught on a live mic by reporter Olivia Nuzzi, when she called and his wife forgot to hang up the phone.
Oz and his spouse Lisa panicked that the Nuzzi was waiting at his office and had lied about having an appointment, while the reporter was listening on the phone.
They referred to Nuzzi, who works for Intelligencer, as “this f–king girl reporter,” and complained about flattering quotes the couple’s friend, Michelle Bouchard” gave the publication.
“She said things she shouldn’t have f–king said,” Dr. Oz said of Bouchard, as Lisa attempted to correct him, but was repeatedly cut off by her husband.
“She said s–t she shouldn’t have said!” Dr. Oz ranted. “That I was going to be the next leader of the Republican Party— “
“No, she didn’t say that,” Lisa replied, and Dr. Oz snapped back that Lisa was the one who had informed him of the fact.
“You told me that’s what she said,” he continued. “That Michelle told her I’m going to be the next leader of the Republican Party, s–t like that, that’s what you told me she said!”
Nuzzi believes it’s odd that Dr. Oz would freak out about Bouchard’s comment. “Now I had to wonder why a candidate running for a high-profile position of power in the Republican Party wouldn’t want to be seen as a leader of that party,” she wrote.