Dr. Mehmet Oz began his two-week stint as guest host of Jeopardy! on Monday. When it was announced in early February that he would be hosting, there was immediate backlash from fans. Despite the fallout, Oz filled in for Alex Trebek, who died from pancreatic cancer last November.
"You know, I was so fortunate to become friends with Alex, and I visited him and this show as often as I could," said Oz at the top of the show. "One of my favorite memories was of Alex showing me, with immense pride, a room full of letters and support for him from you, from his fans. And of all of his achievements he was most proud of his connection with all of you at home."
While Trebek was beloved by viewers, Oz received much more mixed reviews. The majority of viewers' opinions on Twitter were negative. #BoycottJeopardy also started trending as result of his appearance.
— Paysoninho (@paysoninho) March 22, 2021
— Jonathan Jewel 🌊 (@jonathanjewel) March 22, 2021
The first two weeks of #Jeopardy I'm taking a pass on since Alex. Dr. Oz is a charlatan and not worthy of the hosting spot. See you again in a few.
— Dawn Bernstein (@guitardawn) March 23, 2021
Dr. Oz is a schizer, a schill and a dangerous snake oil salesman. The biggest slap to the face of Alex Trebek’s memory that I could imagine. I love Jeopardy but, this week? I’ll #BoycottJeopardy
— Only Josh (@grove808) March 23, 2021
Our family are loyal jeopardy fans HOWEVER, we will #BoycottJeopardy while Dr. Oz is the guest host.
— Mwyatt (@mhcmhw) March 22, 2021
While several viewers were disappointed by Oz's appearance, some good did come out of it. Jeopardy! matched the winnings total from all three contestants with a donation to his charity HealthCorps. On Monday they raised $23,001 for a good cause.
Jeopardy! is a syndicated program; visit Jeopardy.com or check your local listings for the TV schedule.
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