Longtime 'Dr. Oz Show' EP Mindy Borman Exits (Exclusive)
"Working to bridge our relationship with the medical professional community will be a big part of season seven," says Amy Chiaro, now the show's sole EP.
One of The Dr. Oz Show's longtime executive producers is scrubbing out.
Mindy Borman, who has been an executive producer on the syndicated daytime show since its inception, is leaving ahead of the show's upcoming seventh season, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
“For the past seven years, I have put all my creative energies into The Dr. Oz Show. I am so proud of all our accomplishments including our three Emmy Awards, and most importantly, driving the national conversation on health," said Borman in a statement. "Mehmet Oz is a passionate healthcare advocate, and I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with such an outstanding figure. Earlier this year, I decided this would be my last season, so I can pursue new opportunities which I will announce soon."
Amy Chiaro will now serve as the sole executive producer. She also has been with the show since season one and was upped to executive producer in 2013.
"I have been at the side of a creative force for six years since we launched The Dr. Oz Show. Mindy has been an incredible business partner and friend and I can't wait to see the product of her next endeavors," said Chiaro. "Looking ahead, I am excited to lead the show into the new season and create television that amplifies the vision of our host, Dr. Mehmet Oz, and his impact on public health."
During Borman's tenure, the show won the Daytime Emmy for outstanding informative talk show three years in a row; Oz won for host in 2009 and 2014. Prior to Dr. Oz, Borman served as a producer on The View, Good Morning America and Big Brother, and was also vp alternative development for Fox Television Studios.
“The Dr. Oz Show staff is like family to me and I treasure all that we have accomplished together," said Oz. "I wish Mindy the best as she pursues new creative opportunities and am excited to continue our work with Amy at the helm.”
Borman's exit follows a rough patch for The Dr. Oz Show, and particularly its star host. Ten doctors sent a letter to Columbia University in April demanding that Oz be removed from his faculty position at the school, citing his "disdain for science and for evidence-based medicine," among other issues.
Oz addressed his critics on his show days later, and also penned an op-ed for Time magazine defending his support for alternative medicine. "It's all about representing different points of view on the show," Chiaro told THR. "We share advice from all sorts of conventional doctors and especially Dr. Oz's opinion on the show, and we really welcome a robust discussion."
Ahead of season seven,The Dr. Oz Show recently named Dr. Michael Crupain as chief of staff of the show's medical unit. Crupain will act as a formal liaison to the medical community and also oversee fact checking, vetting and curriculums discussed on the show.
Chiaro cited Crupain's "highly respected" standing in the medical community as an important asset for the show going forward. "[He] can help be a liaison with that community so that where there are doctors who want to have a voice on our show, and want to have a voice in a debate that we're having or a discussion we're having — or have a different point of view than even Dr. Oz has — they're going to have a really great way and an ability to get that information, get that point of view into the show so that we can share that with the audience," Chiaro told THR. "I think really working to bridge our relationship with the medical professional community will be a big part of season seven."
The show has also added a "clinician's corner" to its website to help health care workers better access information related to topics presented on the show. The Dr. Oz Show is produced by Harpo Productions and distributed by Sony Pictures Television.