"Jeopardy!" is taking some heat for having Dr. Oz guest host this week.
The show has had various celebrities stand in since it resumed filming after Alex Trebek's death.
Dr. Oz has in the past espoused pseudoscience and made false or misleading medical claims.
"Jeopardy!" elicited backlash Monday when it tweeted talk show host Dr. Mehmet Oz would be guest-hosting the famed game show this week.
The program, produced by Sony Pictures Television and syndicated across the US, made the announcement in a February 2 press release revealing an upcoming slate of guest hosts. A wave of criticism ensued Monday afternoon when the show tweeted ahead of Oz's first appearance.
Other planned guest hosts include "Today" show anchor Savannah Guthrie, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the associate chief of the neurosurgery service at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta and chief medical correspondent at CNN.
Neither representatives for "Jeopardy!" nor Oz immediately returned Insider's request for comment Monday.
The show has relied on a rotating list of guest hosts that have included past contestants, like all-star Ken Jennings, to other celebrities, like journalist Katie Couric, since it began filming after the death of Alex Trebek in November last year.
But the inclusion of Oz, who rose to fame after regular appearances on Oprah Winfrey's eponymous long-running talk show and who since 2009 has hosted the syndicated daytime program, "The Dr. Oz Show," angered thousands of people online over his history of promoting medical misinformation and making baseless claims.
As of Monday afternoon, more than 6,000 people responded to the tweet featuring Oz. Nearly 3,000 responded by quote-tweeting the video of Oz. The responses were overwhelmingly negative.
-Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) March 22, 2021
As Insider previously reported, Oz last year said hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malarial drug once frequently touted by the former President Donald Trump, could be an effective treatment for COVID-19. It is not.
Oz has espoused a number of other false or misleading claims about issues including weight-loss products, supplements to combat cramps and the common cold, astrological signs, genetically modified foods, and teeth whitening.
In 2014, a study published by The British Medical Journal found medical research didn't back, or in some cases outright contradicted, the claims made on Oz's talk show. According to the study, 46% of recommendations on his show were backed by evidence, 15% of them were contradicted by evidence, and there was no evidence to support the remaining 39% of recommendations on the show.
The TV host was once admonished by former Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat from Missouri, during a 2014 Senate hearing for "melding medical advice, news, and entertainment in a way that harms consumers" over his promotion of an unproven weight-loss drug, Politico reported at the time.
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