Sony cancels the Dr. Oz Show due to his candidacy for Senate in Pennsylvania

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Dr. Mehmet Oz (“The Dr. Oz Show”) January 13, 2020.

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Sony Pictures announced Monday that it will end its long-running “Dr. Oz Show” next month, a move that comes weeks after host Mehmet Oz announced he would run for the Senate as Republican of Pennsylvania.

Sony did not cite Oz’s candidacy in its announcement that its syndicated show will be replaced by its spin-off, “The Good Dish.” The show, hosted by daughter Daphne Oz, will air on January 17, three days after the last broadcast of “Dr. Oz”.

But the decision almost comes two weeks after TV channels in New York, Philadelphia and Cleveland said they would no longer air the show due to the Federal Communications Commission’s equal time rules.

These rules allow applicants to request air time from TV stations that broadcast content, and stations that dropped out of recent New Jersey resident Oz are all seen in parts of Pennsylvania.

The show is currently in its 13th season.

“The Good Dish” was picked up for airing by station groups Fox, Hearst, Nexstar, Gray, Sinclair and others, according to Sony.

In announcing his candidacy, Oz joined an already crowded group of candidates seeking to replace Senator Pat Toomey, a retired Republican. The race could determine whether Democrats retain their current majority control of the Senate in 2023.

Pennsylvania is one of a handful of 2022 Battlefield State Senate races where no clear Republican favorites have emerged.

Oz has lived in New Jersey for about two decades and registered to vote at his in-laws’ address in Pennsylvania earlier this year, according to the Associated Press.

As Oz launched his Senate bid, a campaign spokesperson told CNBC he “lives” and “votes” in Pennsylvania. The campaign did not say where Oz lives in Keystone state or when he moved there.

Since launching his campaign at the end of last month, the famous doctor has appeared more frequently in the programs of the conservative network Fox News.

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He also adopted language associated with former President Donald Trump, starting with a reference in his first campaign video to the rallying cry “America First” adopted by the 45th President.

Oz also spent the early days of his campaign criticizing what he called media bias and efforts to “reverse” it.

Toomey faced backlash from his state party after voting earlier this year in Trump’s second impeachment trial for inciting the Jan.6 riot on Capitol Hill. Trump was acquitted in this Senate trial.

Democrats barely hold majority control in the Senate due to their 48 seats, two independents who caucus with Democrats, and the decisive vote provided by Vice President Kamala Harris.

In its announcement for “The Good Dish” replacing the Oz show, Sony Pictures noted that it “originally came from popular weekly segments of The Dr. Oz Show” and “is an opportunity for viewers to see it. sit at the table and enjoy delicious family recipes served by the best of the best that bring professional insight, real-life wisdom and a dish on the topics of the day while preparing delicious dishes. “

“The Good dish will provide simple shortcuts, money saving tips, must-see trends and practical tips that will make life easier, tastier and more fun! ”Sony said. TV veterans who will bring their expertise to help give every viewer the confidence to cook and enjoy food like a pro and, most importantly, help understand what’s in for dinner. “


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