The coronavirus has apparently hit close to home for Chuck Woolery. The former game show host, whose controversial tweet that “everyone is lying” about COVID-19 was retweeted by President Donald Trump, revealed one day later his son tested positive. Then his Twitter account disappeared.
To recap, Woolery, 79, caused a stir on Sunday when he tweeted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), media and Democrats are among those who are perpetuating a hoax about COVID-19.
“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, without providing any evidence.
The message was retweeted by President Trump subsequently setting off a firestorm. During an interview with CBS News, the president defended retweeting the message: “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.”
But it seems Woolery’s perspective on the topic quickly changed. On Monday, the original Wheel of Fortune host shared that one of his sons tested positive for COVID-19.
“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.
For those looking to verify the tweet themselves, good luck. Two days after the surprising turnaround, Woolery’s account disappeared. It’s unclear if he deleted the account himself, whether Twitter suspended it due to Sunday’s tweet, or if it had something to do with Wednesday’s widespread hack.
Yahoo Entertainment reached out to a representative for Woolery, who didn’t immediately respond. Twitter did not comment. For now, it’s a mystery.