The younger generation is familiar with Chuck Woolery as the conservative host who likes to take on liberal celebrities. However, prior to being known as a Hollywood conservative, he was a beloved game show host with experience of working in shows such as "Wheel of Fortune", "Love Connection" and "Dating Game."
Three Marriages Ended in Divorce
Not every marriage ends in happily ever after. But when three of your consecutive weddings end in divorce, there is no doubt it can be painful. No one understands this pain better than American TV host Chuck Woolery who has faced three divorces in his life.
Woolery first tied the knot with Margaret Hayes, in 1961 when he was just twenty years old. The pair remained together for ten years and gave birth to two children, a daughter Katherine Woolery and son Chad Woolery. Sadly, their son died in a motorcycle accident in 1986 at age 19.
One year after divorce from his first wife, "Love Connection" host exchanged vows with actress Jo Ann Pflug. Sadly, this time also, the marriage lasted for only a few years. The couple divorced in 1980 after eight years of marriage. From the marriage, Chuck has a daughter Melissa Woolery.
After two failed divorce, Chuck took his time before going into a lifelong commitment this time. His third wedding with Teri Nelson happened in 1985, after five years from his second divorce. As the couple celebrated their tenth anniversary, many thought this pair is going to last a lifetime; sadly, however, that was not the case.
The couple separated in 2003 and eventually divorced in 2005 after nineteen years of relationship. From this nuptial, he has two sons, Michael Woolery and Sean Woolery.
Enjoying Marital Bliss With Fourth Wife Kim Woolery
Woolery was confident that someday he would find his soulmate, so despite three failed marriages, he never gave hope on the wedding. So, in 2006, a year after his third divorce, he again tied the knot. This time with hairstylist Kim Barnes who, after marriage, adopted her husband's last name and became Kim Woolery.
"The Dating Game" host met his future fourth wife Kim on a blind date in 2003, after separation from his third wife. Since Kim was twenty-five younger than Woolery, many thought the relationships would not last long; however, the couple remained steady for three years of courtship and eventually decided to make a lifelong commitment.
The festivities took place at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. It was a private affair that was attended by a group of friends and family. The bride wore a halter neck off-white satin dress with a low back. Meanwhile, the groom looked dashing in a traditional black tuxedo with matching black bow-tie.
Thirteen years have passed since Woolery's fourth marriage, and thankfully it is still intact with no rumors of separation or divorce. Hoping that it remains so in the coming future as well.
The Original Host of "Wheel of Fortune," Chuck Woolery Boats Net-Worth In Millions
The 78-year-old Chuck Woolery holds an overall net-worth of $15 millions. He earned this fortune from various professions over the years.
Composer of 'Naturally Stoned'
After his first marriage failed, Woolery moved to Nashville from his hometown of Kentucky to start a career in music. While there, he formed a duo called The Avant-Garde alongside Elkin Bubba Fowler. The group composed a song Naturally Stoned, which became super popular.
Sadly, the duo did not last long, and they broke up after just three singles. After that, he started a solo career, but it was not that sucessful. Thus when he was presented an offer to be a singer at "The Tonight Show," he readily accepted and moved to California.
Acting and Hosting
After moving to Hollywood town, alongside starting in "The Tonight Show," Chuck began to pursuing acting. In the early 1970s, he starred in few series, including "New Zoo Revue and Love," "American Style." He, however, gained recognition when he started hosting Wheel of Fortune.
The game show became a overnight sucess, and Woolery became a overnight star. Despite the sucess, he left the show in 1981 after seven years because of a salary dispute.
Chuck first signed the contact in 1975 for $68,000 a season, so after seven years, he wanted $10,000 a week. The producers did not agree with his amount and offered him $7,500. He thought that was unfair as "Wheel of Fortune" was the top-rated daytime show at that time. Thus he left the show, and Pat Sajak replaced him.
"Wheel of Fortune" continued to grow, and Pat Sajak became one of the wealthiest television personalities in the USA with a total net worth of $65 million. Chuck has since regretted his decision to leave the show.
After leaving "Wheel of Fortune," he hosted various shows, including "Love Connection," "The Dating Game," and "Lingo." In the 2010s, he mostly focused on commentary shows than game shows.
In 2012, he hosted a radio show "SAVE Us, Chuck Woolery," and from 2014, he started hosting a podcast Blunt Force Truth alongside Mark young.
Resides In Texas
Most celebrities find it difficult to move from the city of dreams, Los Angeles. However, it much was not that difficult for Woolery even after living there for four decades.
"The Scrabble" host and his spouse, Kim, moved to Horseshoe Bay, Texas, in 2006 after the wedding. The newlyweds settled in a 3,000 square foot house, which he purchased four years ago. The main drew for him was a private dock where he could fulfill his hobby of fishing. Before moving there, Chuck sold their mansion that was located in Venice, California.
Quick Facts: Chuck Woolery
- Chuck is originally from Ashland, Kentucky.
- He is a Christian.
- After high school, he served two years in the US Navy.
- He describes himself as a conservative-libertarian and constitutionalist.
- Chuck is an active supporter of the Republican Party and mainly donates to conservative causes.
- He is also a gun-rights activist.
- In May 2017, he was accused of antisemitism after he tweeted that Karl Marx and Vladimir Lenin had a Jewish heritage.
- On September 23, 1996, Woolery underwent quadruple-bypass heart surgery in Los Angeles.
- He graduated from Ashland High School (now Paul G. Blazer High School) in Ashland, Kentucky, in 1959.
- His childhood idols were Bill Cullen and Tom Kennedy.