KEY POINTS

  • On Sunday, Chuck Woolery tweeted, "the most outrageous lies are the ones about COVID-19," and assailed doctors
  • On July 13, he admitted "COVID-19 is real," after one of his two sons tested positive for the coronavirus
  • Woolery has since deleted his Twitter account

Former talk show host and avid Trump supporter Chuck Woolery has deleted his Twitter account after admitting his son had tested positive for the coronavirus. On July 13, Woolery revealed in a tweet his son has SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2), the virus that causes COVID-19.

Woolery has two sons, Michael and Sean. It's unclear which one has the virus. A third son, Chad, died in a motorcycle accident in 1986.

"To further clarify and add perspective, COVID-19 is real and it is here," tweeted Woolery on Monday, before deleting his account. "My son tested positive for the virus, and I feel for of those suffering and especially for those who have lost loved ones."

Woolery announced one of his two sons has SARS-CoV-2 the day after he made his infamous tweet assailing medical professionals and Democrats for lying about the virus so as to keep the economy closed and prevent President Donald Trump's reelection. Trump later retweeted Woolery's post and another one falsely claiming doctors are covering-up the existence of massive scientific evidence schools should reopen in the fall.

A humiliated Woolery has since deleted the two posts. He apparently deleted his Twitter account on Wednesday to possibly forestall the expected wave of criticisms bound to come his way for being proven wrong.

In his now-deleted tweet quoted by Trump, Woolery said, “The most outrageous lies are the ones about Covid 19. Everyone is lying. 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."

Trump later retweeted another Woolery falsehood. This one claims there exists “so much evidence, yes scientific evidence, that schools should open this fall. It’s worldwide and it’s overwhelming. BUT NO.”

Woolery was the original host of "Wheel of Fortune" (1975–1981), "Love Connection" (1983–1994) and "Scrabble" (1984–1990). 

Woolery is a fervent supporter of the Republican Party, and has donated to the GOP and conservative causes. He was accused of anti-Semitism in 2017 for a string of tweets claiming Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin had Jewish heritage.

Chuck Woolery Chuck Woolery attends "The Evolution Of The Relationship Reality Show" at The Paley Center for Media on March 19, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. Photo: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic