Dr. Mehmet Oz’s long-running talk show “The Dr. Oz Show” will end in mid-January after the host announced he would run for the Republican nomination to run for the US Senate in Pennsylvania, has Sony Pictures Television announced on Monday.
The news comes after a number of TV stations announced they were taking the show off the airwaves, citing the Federal Communications Commission’s “equal time” rules, which state that rival candidates must be granted the right to vote. equal opportunity if they ask for it.
New York, Philadelphia and Cleveland TV stations have already pulled the show, the Fox Television Stations spokesperson confirmed earlier this month. WJW-TV, a Cleveland Fox subsidiary, also pulled the show because the station’s signal “is bleeding a bit in Pennsylvania.”
Oz, a famous cardiac surgeon who rose to fame as a guest on Oprah Winfrey’s popular talk show, announced last month that he would enter the overcrowded Republican primary to replace incumbent Senator Pat Toomey, R-Pa .
The Pennsylvania Senate race will be one of the most closely watched in the 2022 midterm election. CNN classifies state as one of the 10 seats most likely to tip over in the all-important terms, which will determine control of Congress for the final two years of President Joe Biden’s first term.
Oz, a longtime New Jersey resident, entered the race about a week after Sean Parnell, a candidate backed by former President Donald Trump, announced he was suspending his campaign.
On the Democratic side, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman has become a formidable fundraiser and frontrunner, but Rep. Conor Lamb and State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta have also launched strong campaigns ahead of next year’s primary.
According to multiple reports, the Oz show will be replaced by a one-hour syndicated show called “The Good Dish,” co-hosted by daughter Daphne Oz, “Top Chef” judge Gail Simmons and Jamika Pessoa. The show began as a weekly segment of the Oz show.
Spectrum News has reached out to Sony Pictures Television for comment.