It’s not a scenario I like to think about but if I should ever require heart surgery, Dr Oz is the man I would like to be on the case. Not to discount my loyalty to Grey’s Anatomy’s McDreamy (fictional character notwithstanding) but Dr Oz has the kind of patient, personal and hands-on approach to life that made me feel instantly at ease. He may be a heart surgeon, author, host and heir to the daytime TV throne left behind by the ending of the Oprah show, but Dr Mehmet Oz is also just a really nice guy.
I went to a taping of his very popular TV show at Rockefeller Center. Like many Oprah fans, I came to know of Dr Oz as he appeared on her show, and I’d caught a few of his segments on TV before. But sitting in the audience that day, it became clear why The Dr Oz Show has been doing so well. He is caring, kind, and there are no airs and graces about him. In a segment in the show when he is being shown some exercise tips and one of the guest’s mats flops over and crumples up, he doesn’t wait for someone else to fix it – as some other celebrities might, but he gets down there and does it himself.
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Here we chat about the top questions he’s asked, Twitter and how to be a master time manager – oh, and what he learnt from Oprah.
He’s a keen environmentalist, so click to hear Dr Oz’s Celebrity Green Tip too.
Dr Oz airs on SABC 3 in South Africa from Monday to Thursday at 15h45.