Why 'Jeopardy!' Fans and Over 500 Former Contestants Want Dr. Oz Removed as Guest Host

Dr. Oz has begun his week-long 'Jeopardy' guest hosting gig despite a petition signed by more than 500 former contestants calling for his removal.

Dr. Oz visits "Outnumbered Overtime with Harris Faulkner."

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Dr. Oz visits "Outnumbered Overtime with Harris Faulkner."

Over 500 former Jeopardy contestants have signed a petition calling for the removal of Dr. Mehmet Oz as guest host.

Last month, an open letter was addressed to the show’s executive producer Mike Richards urging him to reconsider having Dr. Oz fill in as guest host. On Monday, Oz started his hosting stint. 

New episodes of Jeopardy! continue this week with guest host @DrOz! pic.twitter.com/9pRYevhjZA

— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) March 22, 2021

Jeopardy! is a show that values facts and knowledge. Throughout his nearly two decades on television he has used his authority as a doctor to push harmful ideas onto the American public, in stark contrast with his oath to first do no harm,” the letter reads. “These ideas include promoting supplements that do nothing, legitimizing gay conversion therapy (which is banned in California, as well as 19 other states), dangerous ‘cures’ for autism, and, most recently, the use of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19.” 

The letter concludes by saying that enlisting someone who has utilized his platform to spew unfounded and possibly dangerous medical advice is a “slap in the face,” especially for a TV show that was built on ensuring that facts are accurate. Even though these contestants and winners warned of the backlash that would come from moving forward with Jeopardy’s decision, the response to Oz’s first appearance last night was quite negative, with some even starting the hashtag #BoycottJeopardy. 

Getting ... with a
on quack doctor#Jeopardy... host pic.twitter.com/tRxI4mYt0y

— Paysoninho (@paysoninho) March 22, 2021

Answer: Dr. Oz. Question: who’s the worst possible pick for “Jeopardy” guest host?

— Jeff Greenfield (@greenfield64) March 23, 2021

Dr. Oz is a schizer, a schill and a dangerous snake oil salesman. The biggest slap to the face of Alex Trebek’s memory that I could imagine. I love Jeopardy but, this week? I’ll #BoycottJeopardy

— Only Josh (@grove808) March 23, 2021

Dr. Oz will be serving as guest host until April 2. 

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