A former “Wheel of Fortune” star just landed on “Lose a Turn.”
Chuck Woolery, who hosted the venerable game show from its 1975 inception through 1981, now admits that the coronavirus pandemic is not a hoax after his son apparently tested positive for the disease.
“Chuck’s son is fine and asymptomatic,” Woolery spokesman Mark Young told CNN on Thursday.
The 79-year-old entertainer vented on social media Sunday that virtually everyone was lying about the severity of COVID-19, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“The most outrageous lies are the ones about COVID-19. Everyone is lying,” tweeted Woolery. “The CDC, Media, Democrats, our Doctors, not all but most, that we are told to trust. I think it’s all about the election and keeping the economy from coming back, which is about the election. I’m sick of it.”
But just one day later, the “Scrabble” and “Love Connection” host backtracked from the statement.
“To further clarify and add perspective, COVID-19 is real and it is here,” Woolery reportedly tweeted. “My son tested positive for the virus, and I feel for of those suffering and especially for those who have lost loved ones.”
By Wednesday, Woolery’s Twitter account had been deactivated, which Young claimed was the result of his client seeking to take a break from social media.
Woolery, a staunch Donald Trump backer, claimed in 2019 that his support for the president came at a professional cost.
“I have pretty much destroyed my career by openly supporting Trump and letting all know, I am a conservative. Painful at times, but true,” tweeted Woolery last November. “After all is said and done. It was my choice and I can live with it. I would do it all again.”
The conservative, who also hosts the political podcast “Blunt Force Truth” was jeered mercilessly in May 2019 upon the release of the Mueller Report, in which one of his Twitter posts contained an egregious typo.
“Does not matter if it took 400+ or 4 pages. The conclusion is the same. Simply put in two words. NOT QUILTY. Accept it or not.,” tweeted Woolery, ostensibly meaning to type “GUILTY.”