“Jeopardy!” Contestants Petition ABC to Oust Dr. Oz as Guest Host

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More than six hundred former contestants of the long-running daytime game show Jeopardy! have come together to oppose “talking head” Dr. Mehmet Oz’s guest stint as the show’s presenter.

Following the death of beloved host, Alec Trebek, the ABC quiz show tapped celebrity substitutes to temporarily take the reins. Fans were thrilled for Katie Couric, Aaron Rodgers, and champ Ken Jennings took their turn, but when Dr. Oz was selected to emcee the two-week slot from March 22 to April 2, former contestants came together in protest.

In an open letter to Executive Producer Mike Richards posted to Medium on February 24, hundreds of contestants wrote, “we were opposed,” to the choice of Dr. Oz. Though they understand that Jeopardy! is a television show that must achieve high ratings to stay on air, they believe that Dr. Oz “stands in opposition” to the show, which “values facts and knowledge.”

“Throughout his nearly two decades on television, he has used his authority as a doctor to push harmful ideas onto the American public, in stark contrast with his oath to first do no harm,” They wrote. “In fact, his ideas are so dangerous that thousands of his colleagues have petitioned to have him fired from his position at Columbia Medical School.”

Dr. Oz has a reputation for touting pseudoscience on his titular show. The contestants cited his promotion of supplements that have no health benefits, pushing “dangerous” unproven treatments for autism, endorsing gay conversion therapies, and backing hydroxychloroquine as a coronavirus treatment.

“Dr. Oz represents what has become a dubious trend in America: the elevation of the credentialed talking head at the expense of academic rigor and consensus,” they said. “Evidence-based medicine is the gold standard because evidence-based medicine keeps people alive. And we need our public champions of learning and science to support that view.”

“In Dr. Oz’s world, everything is a possible answer,” said April 2020 winner Hemant Mehta. “I feel like it’s just a publicity stunt,” added two-time winner Heidi Sanchez. “The whole thing is silly, but then to take Dr. Oz … I felt it was an insult to the memory of Alex Trebek — and to the contestants and the viewers.”

“Jeopardy! is known for being incredibly rigorous; a well-deserved reputation,” the letter concluded. “To then invite Dr. Oz to guest-host is a slap in the face to all involved.”

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CeeDee
CeeDee
20 days ago

I preferred Dr. Oz over Katie Curik. He acted and sounded more like Alex Tribek.

Judy Johns
Judy Johns
20 days ago

Love Dr Oz and he is doing a great job

Robert Strang
Robert Strang
20 days ago

Arrogant former Jeopardy contestants should take seriously their status as “former” contestants and keep their opinions to themselves.

Wesley
Wesley
20 days ago

Wow. Cancel Culture anyone? I watched Jeopardy for many years. Loved the show. Watched Dr. Oz for many years. Liked the show. Nobody is getting slapped in the face. Just because you don’t agree with what he endorses does not mean that he should be banned from hosting the show. I’m sure you have some thoughts or ideas that I would not like. But that does not mean that you should be banned forever from coming back to the show. Oh crap. That’s what Cancel Culture is. I don’t agree with you so you should be banned. Good thing I’m not into that.

Kate Ferris
Kate Ferris
20 days ago

Key reason = gay conversion

Kimberly
Kimberly
20 days ago
Reply to  Kate Ferris

I agree and it’s a sorry reason.

Kimberly
Kimberly
20 days ago

If he is not permitted to be MC then you don’t need me watching the show. Keep the politics out of it. I don’t like Katy Couric but I would never say not to allow her to serve as MC. We use to live in a free country where we were all allowed our beliefs. This show has always been non political, keep it that way or you lose me, and many of my family members and friends.

snert
snert
20 days ago

jeopardy is a dead show!!!

Erleebird
Erleebird
20 days ago

Oops! I forgot! Only Hollywood is respected on this show!

Carlo
Carlo
20 days ago

If former contestants don’t want to see him on the show, just change the channel idiots.

TFL
TFL
20 days ago

But Katie Couric is to be applauded? She’s a joke!

Deborah
Deborah
20 days ago
Reply to  TFL

AMEN! Agree with you completely!

Deborah
Deborah
20 days ago

Katie Couric strongly insulted half the country with her political garbage. I’m more appalled by her hosting!

Lifelongskeptic
Lifelongskeptic
20 days ago

Don’t watch Dr. Oz and am unaware of Aaron Rogers’ academic credentials, but I am familiar with Katie Couric’s work; seems like a pretentious double standard to me.

Mary
Mary
20 days ago

The letter writers lost all credibility by accepting Katie Couric!

Laxmom
Laxmom
19 days ago

Even though hydroxychloroquine does work…bunch of “woke” cancel culture morons. Jeopardy died with Alex Trebek…

trebor
trebor
18 days ago
Reply to  Laxmom

Using the hydroxychloroquine endorsement as a reason to remove Oz is revealing the political leanings. Cuomo wouldn’t allow it’s use in NY and probably caused more deaths by this action than he did by sending infected elderly to nursing homes. Read the medical journals, it works.

Phred
Phred
19 days ago

I too, don’t agree with the gay conversion thing, but that don’t mean Dr Oz should be canceled! As far as his “useless supplements” goes, I’m 80 yrs old and in great health, most people don’t believe I’m 80, because they say l look act and talk more like someone 20 yrs younger. I’ve been taking “useless supplements” for over 60 yrs, and take NO “scripts” of any kind! I’ve never been brainwashed by Big Pharma, that’s why l stay healthy. It’s the “cancel culture” morons who are the, as Joseph Stalin refered to them as “useful idiots” who only believe what they are told to believe! True anti-1st Amendment, anti-American leftists!

speedle
speedle
19 days ago

This sounds like just another dose of the cancel culture. I would give OZ a multi-million dollar contract just to spit in the faces of these bellyaching morons.

Sage
Sage
19 days ago

Oh my Lord. Who is next? I could give a crap as to what a bunch of former contestants think.

Willie
Willie
19 days ago

Go Oz Go

Paul
Paul
18 days ago

We’re there any protests for Couric, the lying leftist?

Linc
Linc
18 days ago

Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz, Dr. Dolittle should all get together.

J Patko
J Patko
18 days ago

fucking little babies grow up they should just stop the stupid show lil pussies going to throw tantrums now get a life

J Patko
J Patko
18 days ago

katie curik are you kidding me talentless has been please just end the show

SP Raymond, Ca
SP Raymond, Ca
16 days ago

People don’t like hearing the truth when it goes against the liberal bias they call network news. Everything they complained about is ‘woke’ BS and fake news. Keep telling the truth OZ!