According to the NY Daily News, it was a curious move, given that the syndicator had just renewed its deal with the TV doctor last September. Westwood One even had glowing words of praise for the now-embattled Dr. Oz. at the time.
Still, Oz's rep, Tim Sullivan claimed Thursday that Oz had actually chosen to end his deal with Westwood One last winter - just months after signing a new deal. He said the change of heart came after Harpo's radio division shut its doors in December.
“Daily Dose” had aired on approximately 150 stations, including six of the top 10 radio markets.
Westwood One sent a letter to affiliates Wednesday offering a replacement feature, “A Better Life With Dr. Sanjay Gupta.” Gupta is chief medical correspondent for CNN.
“We have been great fans of Dr. Oz and we are thrilled to be able to give him this much larger platform— from broadcast to digital and mobile,” says iHeartMedia Networks president Darren Davis.