Since his first appearance on Oprah in 2004, Dr. Oz has made a name for himself as a premier health and wellness expert for the masses. He's celebrating the 1,000th episode of his show, but Dr. Oz has found himself in hot water. In April, a group of 10 fellow doctors called for his dismissal from the Columbia University faculty, and last Summer, Dr. Oz appeared in front of a Senate panel, where he was criticized over his claims that certain weight-loss products can be "miracles." Finally, Dr. Oz has spoken out and admitted he made a "big mistake."
"I wish I'd never used the laudatory terms I used for weight-loss supplements. That was the big mistake I think we all acknowledge," Oz told Fox & Friends. "I stopped doing that a long time ago, over a year ago." His statements led many supplement marketers to piggyback off his name, stealing his likeness to sell their products without his consent. He was up-front about his show toggling "back and forth between hardcore medicine" and general wellness and prevention; the show "is not a medical press show," said Oz. "I do many other things (I think) on the show to help people in a positive way, and we get a lot of good feedback for that. And that's always been the mission."