On Thursday, television legend Oprah Winfrey endorsed Democrat John Fetterman in Pennsylvania’s closely contested Senate election and rejected Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz, whom she had helped propel to stardom over two decades earlier by inviting him on her very popular daytime talk show as a frequent guest.

Dr. Oz announced that he will be running for one of the two United States Senate seats from Pennsylvania in the upcoming 2022 elections. In a pre-recorded message posted on his social media profiles, the celebrity surgeon said that he will be running as a member of the Republican party.

In his announcement message on Tuesday, he said, “As a heart surgeon, I know how precious life is. Pennsylvania needs a conservative who will put America first, one who can reignite our divine spark, bravely fight for freedom and tell it like it is.”

Who is Dr Oz?

Born in Ohio’s Cleveland, raised in Delaware and a long-time resident of New Jersey, Dr Oz has received his qualifications from prestigious educational institutions in the United States. He is an alumnus of Harvard University, Wharton Business School and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

According to the official website of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Dr Oz was appointed to serve as a member of the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition. He has also garnered nine Daytime Emmy Awards for his famed television show ‘The Dr Oz Show‘. The 61-year-old is also an attending physician at New York-Presbyterian – Columbia Medical Center.

Dr Oz’s resume is dizzying: heart surgeon, author of New York Times bestsellers, Emmy-winning TV show host, radio talk show host, presidential appointee, founder of a national non-profit to educate teens about healthy habits and self-styled ambassador for wellness.

He was appointed by former United States President Trump to a crucial Presidential Council position, guest-hosted the Jeopardy! game show and helped save a dying man at Newark Liberty International Airport last winter, according to reports from Associated Press.

According to the celebrity net worth, Dr. Mehmet Oz has a net worth of $200 million. Dr. Oz married, Lisa Lemole, in 1985, and they have four children together.