Dr. Mehmet Oz began his two-week stint as guest host of Jeopardy! on Monday. When it was announced in early February that he would be hosting, there was immediate backlash from fans. Despite the fallout, Oz filled in for Alex Trebek, who died from pancreatic cancer last November.
"You know, I was so fortunate to become friends with Alex, and I visited him and this show as often as I could," said Oz at the top of the show. "One of my favorite memories was of Alex showing me, with immense pride, a room full of letters and support for him from you, from his fans. And of all of his achievements he was most proud of his connection with all of you at home."
While Trebek was beloved by viewers, Oz received much more mixed reviews. The majority of viewers' opinions on Twitter were negative. #BoycottJeopardy also started trending as result of his appearance.
While several viewers were disappointed by Oz's appearance, some good did come out of it. Jeopardy! matched the winnings total from all three contestants with a donation to his charity HealthCorps. On Monday they raised $23,001 for a good cause.
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