Dr. Oz to 'aggressively' respond to critics on show

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Dr. Oz To 'Aggressively' Respond To Critics On Show

Dr. Oz says he's ready to give his critics a taste of their own medicine.

Last week, 10 physicians around the country wrote a letter to Columbia University in which they called the celebrity doctor's advice "quack" and demanded that the university drop him as its vice chair of the surgery department.

The doctors also attacked Oz's, quote, "baseless opposition to the genetic engineering of food crops."

Dr. Mehmet Oz says he will address the strongly worded letter and, quote, "intimidation" on his daytime talk show on Thursday and respond "aggressively." While a person associated with the show said the special episode is "the last thing we want to do," it would stand to be a good platform.

Nielsen ratings reveal "The Dr. Oz Show," which is now in its sixth season, reaches nearly 2 million viewers every weekday.

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UNITED STATES - JUNE 17: Mehmet Oz, host of the Dr. Oz Show, testifies at a Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance Subcommittee hearing in Russell Building titled 'Protecting Consumers from False and Deceptive Advertising of Weight-Loss Products,' June 17, 2014. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Dr. Mehmet C. Oz, chairman and Professor of Surgery, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 17, 2014 , before the Senate subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance hearing to examine protecting consumers from false and deceptive advertising of weight-loss products. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: TV Personality Dr. Oz attends z100s Jingle Ball on December 12, 2014 in New York City (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 13: Dr. Mehmet Oz attends the Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation's 12th Annual Celebrity Gala at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers on November 13, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 14: Dr. Mahmet Oz attends the 'Fury' New York Premiere at DGA Theater on October 14, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 15: (L-R) Singer TamTam, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Noor Altamimi, and Sarah Altamimi attend Bridges Of Understanding's annual 'Building Bridges' award dinner honoring designer Reem Acra with Steven Kolb on October 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Bridges of Understanding Foundation)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 14: Dr. Mamet Oz (L) and Zoe Oz attend the 'Fury' New York Premiere at DGA Theater on October 14, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
THE CHEW - Dr. Mehmet Oz is a guest on 'The Chew,' airing Monday, November 3, 2014. 'The Chew' airs MONDAY - FRIDAY (1-2pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Jeff Neira/ABC via Getty Images) DAPHNE OZ, DR. MEHMET OZ
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 29: Dr. Mehmet Oz., Co-founder, HealthCorps, Ms. Jeanie Buss, Co-Owner and President of the Los Angeles Lakers and NBA Cares Global Ambassador, Dikembe Mutombo at the 2014 Concordia Summit at the Grand Hyatt on September29, 2014 at New York City, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Michael LeBrecht/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29: Co-founder of HealthCorps, Dr. Mehmet C. Oz speaks onstage at the 2014 Concordia Summit - Day 1 at Grand Hyatt New York on September 29, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Leigh Vogel/Getty Images for Concordia Summit)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29: Concordia Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board, Nicholas Logothetis (L) and co-founder of HealthCorps, Dr. Mehmet Oz speak backstage the 2014 Concordia Summit - Day 1 at Grand Hyatt New York on September 29, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Leigh Vogel/Getty Images for Concordia Summit)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 29: Dr. Mehmet Oz., Co-founder, HealthCorps, Jeanie Buss, Co-Owner and President of the Los Angeles Lakers and NBA Cares Global Ambassador, Dikembe Mutombo at the 2014 Concordia Summit at the Grand Hyatt on September29, 2014 at New York City, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Michael LeBrecht/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 29: Dr. Mehmet Oz., Co-founder, HealthCorps, and Jeanie Buss, Co-Owner and President of the Los Angeles Lakers at the 2014 Concordia Summit at the Grand Hyatt on September29, 2014 at New York City, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Michael LeBrecht/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29: Concordia Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board, Nicholas Logothetis (L) and co-founder of HealthCorps, Dr. Mehmet Oz speak backstage the 2014 Concordia Summit - Day 1 at Grand Hyatt New York on September 29, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Leigh Vogel/Getty Images for Concordia Summit)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 22: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) talks with famous Turkish-American doctor Mehmet Oz (L) during the dinner given in his honor by the deceased Turkish-American businessman Ahmet Ertegun's wife Mica Ertegun in New York, United States on September 22, 2014. Photo by Kayhan Ozer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Dr. Oz aka Mehmet Oz and his wife Lisa Oz attend Day 4 of the 2014 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/GC Images)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 17: Mehmet Oz, host of the Dr. Oz Show, testifies at a Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance Subcommittee hearing in Russell Building titled 'Protecting Consumers from False and Deceptive Advertising of Weight-Loss Products,' June 17, 2014. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
THE CHEW - 6/4/14 - Dr. Oz cooks with daughter Daphne on the delicious talk show, THE CHEW, airing MONDAY - FRIDAY (1-2pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images)
THE CHEW - 6/4/14 - Dr. Oz cooks with daughter Daphne on the delicious talk show, THE CHEW, airing MONDAY - FRIDAY (1-2pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 29: Dr. Oz attends the NYRP 13th annual spring gala at General Grant National Memorial on May 29, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 29: TV personality Dr. Mehmet Oz attends the TIME 100 Gala, TIME's 100 most influential people in the world, at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 29, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for TIME)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 29: Dr. Oz, Arnold Germer, Bette Midler and Isaac Mizrahi attend the NYRP 13th annual spring gala at General Grant National Memorial on May 29, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25: Dr. Mehmet Oz poses backstage at the hit musical 'Rocky' on Broadway at The Winter Garden Theater on April 25, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 16: Dr. Mehmet Oz and Lisa Oz attend The Hollywood Reporter 35 Most Powerful People In Media Celebration at The Four Seasons Restaurant on April 16, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 09: (L-R) Dr. Mehmet Oz, Gloria Steinem and Lisa Oz attend HealthCorps's 8th Annual Gala at The Waldorf=Astoria on April 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 09: Dr. Mehmet Oz attends HealthCorps's 8th Annual Gala at The Waldorf Astoria on April 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 10: Dr. Mehmet Oz attends the Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770 Honors David Heyman at the Order of the Golden Sphinx Gala at the Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center on March 10, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for The Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 10: Dr. Mehmet Oz attends the Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770 Honors David Heyman at the Order of the Golden Sphinx Gala at the Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center on March 10, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for The Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: Dr. Mehmet Oz speaks at the Clear Channel Media + Entertainment New Yorks FIRST ANNUAL Lifestyle Health & Wellness Expo presented by NY State of Health at Skylight One Hanson in Brooklyn on February 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: Dr. Mehmet Oz speaks at the Clear Channel Media + Entertainment New Yorks FIRST ANNUAL Lifestyle Health & Wellness Expo presented by NY State of Health at Skylight One Hanson in Brooklyn on February 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
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A show spokesman told the New York Times the program will likely run longer than normal but he won't dedicate the entire show to the controversy.

Oz plans to reiterate that he is not opposed to genetically modified foods, but that they should be labeled - a point he has touched on in several episodes.

According to the Washington Post, Columbia University has not made any plans to take action against Oz, saying the institution upholds "faculty members' freedom of expression for statements they make in public discussion."

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