Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Productions has dumped Dr. Mehmet Oz’s radio show, with little explanation or fanfare.
The company that syndicates the “radio minute” with Dr. Oz, Westwood One, sent a brief letter of announcement that the show will no longer air, beginning May 29, Vox reported. The announcement did not include an explanation, but Dr. Oz has faced increasing fire in recent months for what critics label his “quack treatments” that are sometimes tinged with seeming company-tied conflicts of interest, the Daily Mail reported.
Dr. Oz has defended himself by saying he only shows “multiple points of view” during his medical segments and his personal views are “without conflict of interest,” the news outlet reported.
The Dr. Oz show is syndicated to 150 stations. He also has a television show that is still significant in viewership, though ratings have steadily fallen over the years. This season, his audience is around 1.97 million views, but that’s down from the 3.80 who watched in the 2011-12 season.
“He still has a pretty significant following,” said Brad Adgate, a ratings analyst for Horizon Media, in the Daily Mail. “His current numbers would match those of a top-tier cable network in prime time.”
Winfrey on previous occasions has referred to Dr. Oz as “America’s doctor.”
It’s not known who would replace Dr. Oz, but Westwood One’s pick is clear: CNN’s Sanjay Gupta, and his segment, “A Better Life With Dr. Sanjay Gupta.”