In a special episode of “The Dr. Oz Show” he taped on Tuesday, Oz — arguably America’s best-known doctor — addressed the 10 doctors directly and accused them of trying to intimidate him.
The episode will be televised on Thursday, but the show released a preview clip on Tuesday evening.
“This month, we celebrate my 1000th show,” Oz says in the preview clip. “I know I’ve irritated some potential allies in our quest to make America healthy. No matter our disagreements, freedom of speech is the most fundamental right we have as Americans. And these 10 doctors are trying to silence that right.”
He concluded: “So I vow to you right here and right now: we will not be silenced, we will not give in.”
About two-thirds of the episode will be devoted to Oz’s rebuttal, according to a spokesman for the show.
The doctors wrote to Columbia last week, challenging Oz’s position as a faculty member at the university’s college of physicians and surgeons and accusing him of “promoting quack treatments and cures in the interest of personal financial gain.”