Dr. Oz is taking on his critics and fighting back against new claims about his medical credibility in a very big way.
In a new 'The Dr. Oz Show' preview clip for this Thursday's episode, the TV personality says he will "not be silenced" by a group of doctors who recently challenged his position as a faculty member at Columbia University's college of physicians and surgeons.
Dr. Oz on 'The Dr. Oz Show.' (Photo Credit: R/R)
"This month, we celebrate my 1,000th show," Dr. Oz, 54, said in the video. "I know I've irritated some potential allies in our quest to make America healthy. No matter our disagreements, freedom of speech is the most fundamental right we have as Americans. And these 10 doctors are trying to silence that right.
"So I vow to you right here and right now: we will not be silenced, we will not give in," he concluded.
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Last week, 10 prominent doctors penned an email to Columbia accusing Dr. Oz of "promoting quack treatments and cures in the interest of personal financial gain" on his television program, which first premiered in September 2009.
The group additionally called out the star's "baseless and relentless opposition to the genetic engineering of food crops."
Dr. Oz testified at a consumer protection and product safety hearing in 2014. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
According to a spokesperson for 'The Dr. Oz Show,' Thursday's episode will be primarily dedicated to Dr. Oz's rebuttal to the note and defense of his medical credibility.
Despite the letter, Dr. Oz’s position at Columbia does not appear to be in jeopardy at this time. “The university is committed to the principle of academic freedom, which means our faculty are encouraged to participate in public discussion," Doug Levy, the chief communications officer at Columbia Medical Center, said in a statement.
Watch 'The Dr. Oz Show' preview clip below.
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