Dr. Mehmet Oz started filling in as host of Jeopardy recently, and people took notice. A lot of people weren’t very happy about that replacement choice either, some of them were former contestants of the show.
The controversial TV host is only hosting the popular game show for two weeks, but nearly 600 contestants are calling for a boycott anyway. Oz got off to a pretty rocky start on March 22nd as a group of former contestants wrote in to express their displeasure.
“Dr. Oz stands in opposition to everything that Jeopardy! stands for. 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.”
“Jeopardy! is known for being incredibly rigorous; a well-deserved reputation. As contestants, we’ve all seen what happens behind the scenes if there’s any doubt about a question. We’ve seen writers and judges frantically cross-reference answers in real time to make sure that the facts are accurate. To then invite Dr. Oz to guest-host is a slap in the face to all involved,”
This letter was sent to the show’s executive producer and signed by 593 former contestants of the show. It’s going to be pretty hard to avoid that kind of letter when it arrives on his desk. We’ll have to see what they do about this situation.