Sony Pictures on Monday said it will end its long-running “Dr. Oz Show” next month, a move that comes weeks after host Mehmet Oz announced he will run for the Senate as a Republican out of Pennsylvania.
Sony did not cite Oz’s candidacy in its announcement that his syndicated show will be replaced by its spinoff, “The Good Dish.” That show, hosted by his daughter Daphne Oz, will premiere Jan. 17, three days after last broadcast of “Dr. Oz.”
But the decision comes nearly two weeks after TV stations in New York City, Philadelphia and Cleveland said they would no longer broadcast the show because of the Federal Communications Commission’s equal time rules.
Those rules allow candidates to ask for air time from TV stations that carry content, and the stations that dropped the recent New Jersey resident Oz all are seen in parts of Pennsylvania.
In announcing his run, Oz joined an already crowded field of candidates seeking to replace Sen. Pat Toomey, a Republican who is retiring. The race could determine whether Democrats retain their current majority control of the Senate in 2023.
Pennsylvania is one of a handful of 2022 battleground state Senate races where no clear Republican favorite has emerged.
Oz 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.
At the time 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 the Keystone State or when he moved there.
Since he launched his campaign late last month, the celebrity doctor has appeared more frequently on the conservative network Fox News’ programs.
He also has adopted language associated with former President Donald Trump, starting with a reference in his first campaign video to the “America First” rallying cry embraced by the 45th president.
Oz has also spent the early days of his campaign criticizing what he characterizes as media bias and efforts to “cancel” him.
Toomey faced backlash from his state party after he voted earlier this year at Trump’s second impeachment trial of inciting the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. Trump was acquitted at that Senate trial.
Democrats barely hold majority control in the Senate due to their 48 seats, two independents who caucus with the Democrats, and the tie-breaking vote provided by Vice President Kamala Harris.
In its announcement about “The Good Dish” replacing Oz’s show, Sony Pictures noted that it “initially grew out of popular weekly segments on The Dr. Oz Show,” and “is an opportunity for viewers to take a seat at the table and enjoy delicious, family friendly recipes served up by the best of the best who bring professional insight, real-life wisdom and dish on the topics of the day while making delectable dishes.”
“The Good Dish will provide simple shortcuts, money-saving tips, must-have trends and effortless how-tos that will make life easier, more delicious and more fun!,” Sony said. “It is hosted by culinary experts and 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 figure out what’s for dinner.”