Multi-platinum entertainer Kid Rock slammed TV icon Oprah Winfrey on Saturday and called it a ‘fraud’ after Winfrey endorsed Democrat John Fetterman’s Pennsylvania Senate campaign against Republican opponent Dr Mehmet Oz , whom Winfrey has known and worked with for decades.
“Oprah helped Dr. Oz in his career”, Kid Rock tweeted Saturday in a post that has been retweeted more than 10,000 times. “I guess because she looked him over and found him to be a wonderful person. Now she’s against him. Oprah is a fraud. -Kid Rock.”
Winfrey, a Democrat, announced Thursday that she supports Fetterman’s senatorial campaign despite her long relationship with Oz.
Oz first rose to prominence as a health expert on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” before having his own talk show in 2009, which was produced by Winfrey’s company Harpo. His show ended in January.
“I will tell you all this, if I lived in Pennsylvania, I would have voted for John Fetterman by now for many reasons,” Winfrey said in a virtual chat with community leaders.
Fetterman’s campaign said Winfrey’s support for the Democrat on Oz “speaks volumes.”
“Oprah is widely regarded as the person who helped launch Dr. Oz’s career and knows him well,” the campaign said.
Kid Rock, born Robert Ritchie, has been a vocal critic of Winfrey in the past, including an onstage rant at his downtown Nashville honky-tonk, where he told the crowd “f*** Oprah Winfrey and “f*** Joy Behar.”
“A drunk man’s words are a sober man’s thoughts, I own what I said,” Kid Rock told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on an episode of Tucker Carlson Originals on Fox Nation in June.
Representatives for Winfrey did not immediately respond to a Fox News Digital request for comment.
“Doctor Oz loves Oprah and respects that they have different policies,” Rachel Tripp, senior communications advisor for the Oz campaign, told Fox News Digital in an emailed statement. “He thinks we need more balance and less extremism in Washington.”
Oz and Fetterman are currently locked in a tight Senate race in the Keystone State that a recent survey watch Oz leads by a margin of 1 percentage point.
Hotly contested Senate race could ultimately decide which party controls the Senate after Tuesday’s midterm elections.
Fox News’ Brie Stimson contributed to this report