NEW YORK – US Senate candidate Mehmet Oz will end his “Dr. Oz” syndicated talk show next month, and producers will replace it with a cooking show featuring his daughter.
“Dr. Oz,” in its 13th season, will air its final episode Jan. 14, Sony Pictures Television announced Monday.
The heart surgeon and talk show host is running for the US Senate as a Republican in Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia, New York and Cleveland television stations seen in Pennsylvania had already taken “Dr. Oz” off the air, lest the Federal Communications Commission’s “equal time” rules allow rival contestants to request similar airtime.
In many parts of the country, “Dr. Oz” will be replaced by “The Good Dish”, a talk-cooking show where hosts Daphne Oz, Gail Simmons and Jamika Pessoa will serve a dish of the day. The producers bragged that it would be “the most fun you can have in the kitchen without having to do the dishes”.
The show is an outgrowth of a weekly segment on “Dr. Oz,” just as Oz’s television career was quickly boosted by Oprah Winfrey.
Sony said it was committed to airing “The Good Dish” to stations representing 90% of the country’s population.
“The Good Dish” begins Jan. 17, Sony said.