Former game show host Chuck Woolery’s Twitter account appears to be gone after a controversial suggestion that “everyone is lying” about COVID-19, which was retweeted by President Donald Trump. He recently admitted that his son has tested positive for the disease.
As Deadline reported, Woolery, formerly the host of Wheel of Fortune, Love Connection, and a series of other game and talk shows, has long used Twitter to advance his conservative political views. Indeed, as Fox News reported at the time, last November Woolery tweeted that supporting President Trump had destroyed his career. He also claimed to have been “shadow-banned” — which is to say, his account deactivated without having been told.
Late last week, his tweets were thrust into the spotlight when none other than the 45th president retweeted one of his posts, as reported by The Inquisitr.
Specifically, Woolery had written that “everyone is lying” when it comes to COVID-19, the respiratory illness that has claimed over 138,000 lives in the United States, as of this writing. He claimed that it was all part of a plot to keep President Trump from being reelected.
“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,” he wrote.
On Monday, Woolery wrote another post that appeared to walk back his earlier tweet about the coronavirus, saying that his son has the disease.
“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 those suffering and especially for those who have lost loved ones,” he wrote.
It remains unclear, as of this writing, which of Woolery’s sons has tested positive for the virus. According to a 2006 People report, Woolery has six children from among his four marriages, five of whom are still living — one son, Chad, died in a motorcycle accident in 1986.
Now, Woolery’s Twitter account appears to be no more. A search for his verified username under which the previous tweets were posted, @chuckwoolery, brings up no users bearing that name.
It does, however, bring up multiple tweets from users posting their own claims about what happened.
For example, one user claimed that Woolery’s account was suspended by Twitter.
JUST IN: Twitter has suspended the account of former game show host Chuck Woolery for sharing false information about COVID-19.@chuckwoolery is no longer appearing in searches.
— Travis Akers (@travisakers) July 15, 2020
However, another user suggested that it was Woolery himself who shut down his account.
They didn’t suspend him, he closed his own account down after he had to admit his son was diagnosed with COVID, since he spend months calling it a hoax and then didn’t have the balls to just admit he was wrong.
— Wise PaxCat (Remove Impeached Occupant 45) (@WisePaxCat) July 15, 2020