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John Oliver Skewers Dr. Oz for Phony Weight Loss Claims (watch!)

John Oliver Skewers Dr. Oz for Phony Weight Loss Claims (watch!) 1

John Oliver takes on Dr. Mehmet Oz and his claims about diet pills, in one of his most hilarious bits since he started his new show on HBO.

John Oliver is finally hitting his stride on his new HBO talk show. He deconstructed Dr. Mehmet Oz for hyping diet pills without any scientific evidence to back them up. Dr. Oz’s comeuppance has been a long time coming.

It took an act by Congress to finally call Dr. Oz on the carpet for his baseless claims, but Oliver nailed him to the floor.

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Oz is no ordinary pitchman. A successful open-heart surgeon, his daily TV show pulls in some four million daytime viewers. Many consider him America’s most prominent medical authority.

“Name me one case where a man named Oz claimed mystical powers and led people astray,” said Oliver. “You can’t do it.”

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On his show, he’s hyped such dietary supplements as green coffee bean extract, which he called a “magic weight loss cure for every body type.”

During the congressional hearing before the Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance, Dr. Oz did his best to dance around the fact that his miracle remedies have no basis in scientific fact.

“I actually do personally believe in some in the items I talk about in the show. I passionately study them. I recognize that they often don’t have the scientific muster to present as fact,” he told lawmakers.

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“But that’s the whole point,” said Oliver. “You’re presenting it as a doctor. If you want to keep spouting this bullsh*t that’s fine. But don’t call your show Dr. Oz.

“Call it “Check This Sh*t Out With Some Guy Named Mehmet.”

Oliver’s show also wouldn’t be a spin-off of “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” without a shot at Fox News.

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