In the hours since Jeopardy! has released its next list of guest hosts, the show is being roundly criticized on all forms of social media for announcing Dr. Oz. as one of its four additional guest hosts today. Anderson Cooper, Savannah Guthrie, and Dr. Sanjay Gupta have also been announced.
On Twitter, the replies are overwhelmingly negative, with many fans referring to Oz as “a snake oil salesman”.
Five-time champion Kristin Sausville said, “Jeopardy! celebrates knowledge and facts and Dr. Oz has largely broken from that in his medical advice.” Nine-time champion Dan Pawson weighed in with “Not on board with Dr. Oz and STRONGLY call for this not to go forward. He stands for misinformation: exactly the opposite of what Jeopardy’s supposed to be. Please reconsider.” Season 35 champion Adam Francois Watkins’ remarks were simple: “Dr. Oz is the opposite of Alex Trebek”.
Here at The Jeopardy! Fan, I personally think that this is another in an increasingly lengthening line of missteps this season by new executive producer Mike Richards. Dr. Oz, in my opinion, lacks credibility amongst the show’s fanbase, and this very much risks tarnishing Alex Trebek’s legacy. That being said: Cooper, Guthrie, and Gupta are all excellent choices and I look forward to watching them host. It also does not help Sony’s case that The Dr. Oz Show is also a Sony property; the nepotistic undertones are also concerning. The only potential positive out of this is that this may have taken the heat off some of the other potential guest hosts; all of the negativity seems to be flowing through Dr. Oz right now. Fortunately as well, this looks to just be one week, and more guest hosts will be announced soon. Hopefully, the third crop will be better received.
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