Chuck Woolery, the former host of popular game shows like Love Connection and Wheel of Fortune, made headlines earlier this week for a series of tweets.
On July 12, Woolery, a Republican, tweeted out a conspiracy theory that scientists, doctors, Democrats and the media around the world were all collaborating in a massive lie about the global pandemic just to hurt the United States economy—the only positive of Trump's presidency—to hurt Trump's reelection chances. Woolery was not specific on whether the estimated 590,000 people who died worldwide were in on the conspiracy.
The tweet gained widespread attention when it was retweeted by President Donald Trump.
The president just retweeted this tweet https://t.co/mNfvUIGFRk— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@Yashar Ali 🐘) 1594638406.0
@yashar I’m so tired— idk give me a name (@idk give me a name) 1594638563.0
@yashar Oh wonderful a band of reality show hosts— Kkramer Biden-Harris 🇺🇸💯 (@Kkramer Biden-Harris 🇺🇸💯) 1594640336.0
A day later, Woolery returned to Twitter.
It seems his opinion on the risks of the virus changed after his son tested positive for it.
Former game show host Chuck Woolery reveals his son tests positive for the coronavirus, a day after the host tweets… https://t.co/vij1Ozs8Nk— NBC News (@NBC News) 1594937405.0
He wrote on Twitter:
"To further clarify and add perspective, Covid-19 is real and it is here. My son tested positive for the virus, and I feel for of [sic] those suffering and especially for those who have lost loved ones."
Chuck Woolery tweeted that covid-19 was fake and everyone was lying, that was until he found out his son got covid.… https://t.co/lEtyNWB1k3— Alex Cole (@Alex Cole) 1594920323.0
Shortly after posting about his son, Woolery deleted his Twitter account.
Chuck Woolery’s Twitter Account Disappears After His Son Apparently Comes Down With Coronavirus https://t.co/s5W4fvzWhi— Don Winslow (@Don Winslow) 1594881039.0
Looks like Chuck Woolery got the boot after that tweet about everyone lying about coronavirus https://t.co/BNn8oNMXVP— Allan Smith (@Allan Smith) 1594845211.0
Similar to Woolery, the President has been reluctant to admit the seriousness of the pandemic.
During an interview with CBS's Catherine Herridge, Trump was asked:
"You reposted a tweet yesterday saying that CDC and health officials are lying. You understand this is confusing for the public."
"So who do they believe? You, or the medical professionals like Dr. Fauci?"
"I didn't make a comment. I reposted a tweet that a lot of people feel."
"But all I am doing is making a comment. I'm just putting somebody's voice out there."
"There are many voices. There are many people that think we shouldn't do this kind of testing, because all we do, it's a trap."
If you support a president who publicly denigrates Anthony Fauci but retweets Chuck Woolery, and who posts a photo… https://t.co/5oVYdrUAGZ— Richard Marx (@Richard Marx) 1594859885.0
Twitter couldn't help but notice the cosmic irony of Woolery learning his lesson the hard way.
"Chuck Woolery, who claimed Coronavirus was a hoax, deletes his account after announcing his son has coronavirus" https://t.co/KoLVlkhO7F— Đɇnnɨs Đɇŧwɨłłɇɍ (@Đɇnnɨs Đɇŧwɨłłɇɍ) 1594925682.0
Shot / Chaser - Chuck Woolery https://t.co/k6aaAQ3NPa— LiA (@LiA) 1594847680.0
Some thought the disappearance of Woolery's account was due to a suspension for his false claims and promotion of conspiracy theories.
Sad news Twitter family. Chuck 'Chuckles' Woolery has had his account suspended. Guess it wasn't a love connection after all.— RacerxJax 🌈 #ExpelSeditionists (@RacerxJax 🌈 #ExpelSeditionists) 1594849590.0
We could all stand to pay a little more attention to the experts of the world.
I hope Chuck Woolery's son is OK. But man if people had more empathy instead of waiting to be affected personally,… https://t.co/nOiGDBbxvq— NewShoe (@NewShoe) 1594847424.0
Future hot takes by Trump ally @chuckwoolery on Covid-19 can be found here. https://t.co/1poMPR1TF2— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈) 1594845948.0
Chuck Woolery is trending again, and finally for the reason you would hope. #ChuckWoolery https://t.co/RqLxvUe26m— 🇺🇸Viking Cat Caucus Space Force🏳️🌈🐈 (@🇺🇸Viking Cat Caucus Space Force🏳️🌈🐈) 1594864152.0
Hopefully Chuck Woolery's son recovers soon and the former game show host will have learned a lesson about listening to real experts.