Terry Dubrow is known for his stints on reality shows like “Bridalplasty” and “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” but now the “Botched” star is taking on true crime.
Dubrow, 60, is hosting a new series, “License To Kill,” on Oxygen and will also serve as the show’s executive producer. The series consists of actors and real-life patients, friends and family members reenacting and explaining chilling accounts of medical professionals knowingly putting people in danger.
“The stories are weirder than you could even imagine and sometimes incredibly hard to believe,” Dubrow told Page Six. “But what’s so cool about this show, for me, is that if you’re a true crime fan, normally there’s a crime, everyone knows someone died, there’s a victim, it’s very clear and then you start unraveling the clues to try to figure out who did it or not, right? Or whether what happened. In this case, with doctors, because we have privacy laws and the cloak of secrecy, plus our patients have diseases that sometimes get worse, and sometimes patients die, you don’t even know whether a crime was committed a lot of the time.”
“When your neighbor goes off the deep end and they kill someone, that’s usually it, right?” he added. “But, when a doctor does it, they can get away with it for a long period of time. It’s much harder to unravel the clues because, for example, if I wanted to go off the deep end, I know exactly how to go into a hospital, do some real damage and no one would find out because it would be untraceable because I know all the details of human physiology and how to, for example, inject some very common substances into the body, cause cardiac arrest and then when you do an autopsy you just find those substances.”
The plastic surgeon explained that while “most doctors are outstanding,” they can be compared to supervillains in instances that the show presents.
“Our superpower is we know how to help people and we know how to harm people, and when we use those superpowers to do harm — we’re supervillains, the kind that the typical police officer has no guard against,” he explained. “They have no idea what we’re doing.”
Dubrow previously told Page Six that the best plastic surgeons can be compared to professional athletes.
“If you don’t do it all the time, if you don’t do hard cases, you’re not in shape. You’re not very good at it … so go to someone who’s fairly busy, who’s not easy to get into, who maybe has a little gray hair or a lot of dye in their hair or not so much hair all that but someone who’s very experienced and busy.”
Still, he doesn’t want to deter people from seeing their physicians.
“At the end of the show, we give advice about what to look for and it’s sort of an educational moment,” he said. “I think the show hopefully — if it gets enough attention —will sort of bring public attention to the forefront about more surveillance, more inspection of what’s going on in the medical system in terms of avoiding bad actors in medicine … Don’t be afraid to go to your doctor just because we’re doing a show called ‘License to Kill’ where doctors went off the deep-end!”
“License to Kill” premieres on June 23 at 7 p.m. ET.
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