The "Dr. Oz Show" will end its 12-year run early next year as its host, Mehmet Oz, ramps up his bid for a Senate seat in Pennsylvania, Sony Pictures Television confirmed in a statement Monday.
The daytime television show , currently in its 13th season, will air its last episode on Jan. 14, 2022 and will be replaced by "The Good Dish," a cooking show hosted by Oz’s daughter Daphne, food writer Gail Simmons and "Let’s Eat" co-host Jamika Pessoa. The "Dr. Oz Show" had previously been renewed in September 2020 for seasons 13 and 14.
Oz is running as a Republican for the seat being vacated by GOP Sen. Pat Toomey, who is retiring at the end of next year. The Pennsylvania race is widely viewed as crucial to both parties amid jockeying to seize the Senate majority in next year’s midterms.
Although he is a well-known television personality, Oz is a relative newcomer to Pennsylvania. The TV doctor is a longtime resident of New Jersey — his show is taped in New York City, where he is also an attending physician at New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center — who changed his official residence last year to a home owned by his wife’s parents near Philadelphia. But The Philadelphia Inquirer reported earlier this month that Oz’s social media accounts have continued to heavily feature photos of the doctor at his home in New Jersey or with the New York skyline in the background.
Oz faces a crowded field in the Pennsylvania Republican Senate primary, including former U.S. ambassador to Denmark Carla Sands, real estate developer Jeff Bartos and political commentator Kathy Barnette. Sean Parnell, the candidate endorsed by former President Donald Trump, dropped out of the race in November amid claims of abuse from his estranged wife.
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