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Dr Mehmet Oz is to end his daytime talk show in the US next month, and he’s running for Senate from Connecticut.
Oz, who is famous for his hugs and tearful reminiscences, has found himself in the political crosshairs of President Donald Trump and his Republican Party.
In a Tweet, President Trump said the show did not serve US interests. The President later added that he respected the doctor’s decision to run for the Senate.
Oz has been the host of The Dr. Oz Show since 2006. It airs in the US on ABC.
Speaking on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2009, he said: “The only common thread in all our illnesses is we are unable to tell the difference between a normal inflammation or immune response and an autoimmune response.”
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The show was criticised by the American Association of Clinical Nutrition for not reporting studies
According to Deadline Hollywood, the last episode will feature one guest, and will have a preview of the CBS pilot of Dr Oz’s show, entitled The Dr. Oz Show.
The star, who has denied any wrongdoing in the face of criticism, said that while he was passionate about health and treating the public “as his patients”, he believed his work with celebrities “could use a clean slate.”
Last October, he announced he would not forgo his share of some $60m in payouts to two sets of women who accused him of sexual misconduct.
“The most important role models for my daughters are the men in my life, including Dr. Oz,” he said.
Johnson & Johnson said in a statement it did not support efforts to have Dr Oz removed from his show, or his political campaign.
“The only comments we would ever make about someone who is, or is not, a physician is in the patient-centered education segment of our program,” the company said.
“This certainly is not our normal role in supporting an otherwise productive individual.”
The American Association of Clinical Nutrition told the Associated Press news agency it was disappointed in the show and its lack of reporting of studies.
However, the group added it “had not identified any non-public data in the long-running series in which Dr. Oz and clinical experts discuss and showcase research regarding the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of common health conditions, including obesity”.