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Dr. Oz accused of ‘making fun of’ contestant on ‘Jeopardy!’

The reply is: One other Every day Double full of hassle for Dr. Mehmet Oz. 

The celeb MD — who has infamously flatlined as a visitor host of “Jeopardy!” — is studying that typically laughter isn’t all the time the most effective medication. 

Within the days since his temporary stint behind the lectern was deemed a “slap within the face” to the model by contestants and followers alike, Oz, 60, is now being accused of making fun of a contestant throughout filming.  

“It was simply odd,” latest present winner Emily Seaman advised the Ringer of Oz’s rocky run as anchor from March 22 to April 2. 

“I don’t suppose he likes ‘Jeopardy!’ ”

Seaman, a legislation clerk for the federal Southern District of Texas court docket, claims she overheard Oz making her the butt of a joke when she didn’t reply a query after efficiently blazing by means of all the class throughout gameplay. 

“I heard him making fun of it to at least one of the producers,” she mentioned. “Like, ‘I can’t imagine they didn’t get this one.’ ”

Her response to the physician’s alleged janky jab: “I used to be, like, ‘Cool, bro — let’s see you do that.’ ”

Dr. Oz (left) as a contestant on Jeopardy! in 2012 before being tapped as guest host on the show in March.
Dr. Oz (left) as a contestant on “Jeopardy!” in 2012 earlier than being tapped as visitor host on the present in March.
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Though he’s no stranger to the lights, digital camera and motion of tv manufacturing, the swaggering host of “The Dr. Oz Present” allegedly stumbled whereas making an attempt to fill the footwear of late question-master Alex Trebek as interim moderator. 

Oz is one of the numerous Hollywood hotshots on the carousel of substitutes tapped to quickly take the “Jeopardy!” emcee podium since Trebek — who dazzled because the present’s guiding gentle for 36 years — died of pancreatic most cancers in November.  

Seaman was initially scheduled to compete on the knowledge-based broadcast in April 2020 with Trebek as host. However her look was postponed till late March of this 12 months, owing to the pandemic. 

Within the “Remaining Jeopardy!” spherical of one of Seaman’s two video games, she claims Oz struggled to pronounced the class title: “Antidisestablishmentarianism.”

“He simply couldn’t get it,” Seaman mentioned, noting that the daytime TV medical grasp needed to re-record the phase “seven or eight instances” because of his mispronunciation missteps. 

“And greater than that he couldn’t get it, he didn’t know when he hadn’t gotten it, so it type of appeared just like the producers had been like, ‘Are you gonna inform him that we’ve finished this six instances and he didn’t get it?’ ” she added. 

“Everyone within the viewers”— which, because of COVID-19 restrictions was made up of upcoming “Jeopardy!” contestants — “was like, ‘That’s not the way you say that . . . ‘ ”

Seaman had no clue Oz could be the ringleader of the present earlier than flying from Houston to Los Angeles to showcase her smarts on “Jeopardy!”

However she was effectively conscious of the controversy his affiliation with the present had triggered. 

“They went to date with the COVID safety,” Seaman mentioned.

She famous the 2 coronavirus checks (one earlier than her flight and one other on the Culver Metropolis, California, studio previous to taping), N95 masks offered to all contestants, and social-distancing guidelines “Jeopardy!” producers have in place. 

“There have been so many precautions, after which that they had [Dr. Oz] who touted hydroxychloroquine,” she added, pointing to the physician’s since-debunked principle that the drug may curb the results of COVID. 

Oz’s long-standing fame for touting pseudo-science served because the thesis of a petition demanding his rapid disassociation with the “Jeopardy!” model. 

Alex Trebek honorably served as the host of Jeopardy! for 36 years before losing his battle to cancer in November.
Alex Trebek honorably served because the host of “Jeopardy!” for 36 years earlier than dropping his battle with most cancers in November.
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The decision to motion, printed in February, was co-authored by previous contestants and signed by greater than 600 disgruntled present veterans and lovers. 

Reps for Oz and for “Jeopardy!” haven’t responded to The Put up’s requests for remark.

Regardless of the doc’s bum wrap, when Seaman realized Oz could be on the helm of her episodes, she refused to desert her “Jeopardy!” goals. 

“You’re not getting a name again should you do this,’ ” she defined as to why she didn’t storm off set in protest to Oz’s appointment as host. 

“You stroll out of there, and that’s your one likelihood.” 

However, silently, the Harry Potter buff did liken the embattled physician standing at Trebek’s submit to Severus Snape’s taking on for Albus Dumbledore:

“How dare you stand the place he stood?” she recited.

Inexperienced Bay Packers quarterback and “Movie star Jeopardy!” champion Aaron Rodgers, 37, is at the moment slaying his two-week tenure as “Jeopardy!” quizmaster. 

Rodgers, together with 74-time “Jeopardy!” victor and newly knighted producer Ken Jennings, are reportedly on the quick checklist of who might be named the present’s everlasting grasp of ceremonies. 

The official crowning of the brand new host is anticipated to be introduced someday this spring, forward of the “Jeopardy!” 38th season premiere in September. 

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