On the most recent episode of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight,” which aired on Easter Sunday, April 17, the former “The Daily Show” correspondent didn’t mince words when he criticized Dr. Oz. for several controversies that he’s been a part of over the years.
John Oliver Reminds The Audience Of Dr. Oz’s Controversial 2014 Capitol Hill Hearing
On Sunday night, the Emmy-award-winning host devoted 16 minutes of his usually 30-minutes episode to talk about Dr. Mehmet Oz and the many controversies that have been leveled against him over the years.
As USA Today reported, Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri dubbed Oz a “snake oil salesman” on Capitol Hill back in 2014. McCaskill asked him why he described several supplements he endorsed on his show as a “magic weight-loss cure” and “the No. 1 miracle in a bottle.” She said, “I don’t get why you say this stuff because you know it’s not true. So why, when you have this amazing megaphone and this amazing ability to communicate, why would you cheapen your show by saying things like that?”
She added, “I get that you do a lot of good on your show but I don’t get why you need to say this stuff because you know it’s not true.
Many were less than impressed with Dr. Oz’s answer. He replied, “I actually do personally believe in the items I talk about in the show. I passionately study them. I recognize that often times they don’t have the scientific muster to present as fact.”
He added, “My job, I feel, on the show is to be a cheerleader for the audience when they don’t think they have hope and they don’t think they can make it happen.”
John Oliver Calls Out Dr. Mehmet Oz For Peddling Pseudoscience
Oliver began his analysis of Dr. Oz’s Senate run by first calling out his main residence. Although he is running for office in Pennsylvania, he was born in Ohio and he lives in a mansion in North Jersey, according to social media posts Oliver dug up. Oliver called this the “Eric Adams special,” a reference to the New York mayor, who was rumored to live in Fort Lee, New Jersey.
Oliver also showed several videos of Oz’s awkward attempts to connect with Pennslyvania residents. At one point, Oz was complaining about the high vegetable prices at a local store called REdners. Another time, he complained about rising oil prices while pumping gas. He also stumbled through a speech where he attempted to praise high school wrestlers in Pennslyvania.
Oliver insisted that, despite his attempts to be relatable, there was no way to relate to working-class voters about the high prices of food and gas when Oz is a multimillionaire. To prove his point, Oliver pulled up a 2019 video of Dr. Oz wake surfing in Italy to the Grits song “My Life Be Like.”
“The truth is that this is what his life be like because he’s f—ing rich,” Oliver said. “Which means he gets to do stuff like that but what he doesn’t get to do though is stand in front of gas pumps and pretend he’s personally affected by those numbers.”
Oliver also issued an apology to the staff of “The Dr. Oz Show,” recognizing that his anger was pointed in the wrong direction.
“This campaign has actually taught me something because I’ve talked a lot of s— about the Dr. Oz Show and I did that because it was unremittingly terrible, but what is now clear is I didn’t appreciate how hard his staff had to work everyday to make sure it wasn’t even worse,” Oliver said.
He added, “He had to abandon his show to go run for Senate and if any of his staff are coming back to our office in the coming weeks to clear their stuff out we’ve actually left a new special message for them on our alligator: ‘I’m sorry. He seems like a f—ing nightmare.’ Because he really does.”
The full episode of “Last Week Tonight,” including the Dr. Oz segment, is currently available for streaming on HBO.