When The Doctors returned for its 13th season on Sept. 21, viewers were taken aback by the new format. Instead of a panel of five medical professionals, the long-running TV show now has just one host for the remainder of 2020.
Dr. Ian Smith, who was a member of the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition during Barack Obama’s two terms in office, is currently shooting the revamped series out of an East Coast studio, but what led to the sudden cast shake-up? COVID-19 is largely to blame. “Trustworthy and straightforward medical news has never been more important. The Doctors recognizes the opportunity to support our viewers and deliver the content they’re looking for and deserve to get,” executive producer Jay McGraw said while discussing the changes.