Looks like Dr. Oz is no longer one of Oprah’s favorite things. The media mogul and WW International
investor has endorsed Democrat John Fetterman over Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania’s Senate race.
Oz’s senior communications advisor Rachel Tripp told MarketWatch over email that there’s no hard feelings, however. “Doctor Oz loves Oprah and respects the fact that they have different politics,” she said. “He believes we need more balance and less extremism in Washington.” Read more: Oprah delivers November surprise, endorses Fetterman over Oz But this November surprise coming just days before the pivotal 2022 midterm elections has raised plenty of eyebrows online — namely because Winfrey is responsible for putting TV personality “Dr. Oz” on many people’s radars in the first place.
After all, Oz became a regular staple on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” appearing in dozens of episodes before spinning off his own series, “The Dr. Oz Show,” that was launched by Winfrey’s Harpo Productions and Sony Pictures Television. Oz’s show ran for 13 seasons — and some medical professionals and publications have questioned how much he promoted pseudoscience like supposed miracle weight-loss cures. More recently, Oz made controversial claims supporting hydroxychloroquine as a COVID-19 treatment during the pandemic — until, the New York Times noted, a Veterans Affairs study showed that COVID-19 patients treated with hydroxychloroquine were more likely to die than untreated patients. Related: Video of Dr. Oz complaining about grocery prices goes viral: ‘That’s $20 for crudités!’ So some people have been debating Winfrey’s role in giving Oz a platform. Earlier in November, for example, actress Bette Midler tweeted, “I’m still waiting for Oprah to apologize for forcing Mehmet Oz on all of us.”
Winfrey wasn’t immediately available for comment. But she shared her endorsement on her lifestyle site OprahDaily.com, which was also tweeted from her verified Twitter account: “At the beginning of the midterm campaigns, I said it was up to citizens to vote for who would represent them. If I lived in Penns …