After seven years as host of Wheel of Fortune (with the exception of a one week absence in 1980, Alex Trebek filled in for him), Chuck hosted his last episode on December 25, 1981 and on the following Monday, he was replaced with former TV weatherman Pat Sajak (who continues to host the show to this date).
Susan Stafford remained onboard as the letter-turner but ten months into Pat's tenure, she parted ways with the show and was eventually replaced by Vanna White (who also continues co-hosting with Sajak today).
After Wheel of Fortune, Chuck returned to the game show scene in 1983, hosting the popular dating show Love Connection in syndication (from 1983 to 1995) and a year later, he returned to daytime TV hosting Scrabble on NBC from 1984 to 1990 and again briefly in 1993.
He demanded a raise from $65,000 a year to about $500,000 a year because the program was drawing a 44 share at the time, and other hosts were making that much.
Griffin only offered Woolery $400,000 a year but NBC offered to pay the additional $100,000.
Chuck Woolery (born Charles Herbert Woolery on March 16, 1941 in Ashland, KY) is a former American Game Show Host, Singer, Actor and Talk Show Host. Navy and after returning to civilian life, he worked as a wine consultant for Wasserstrom Wine & Import Company in Columbus, Ohio.
He is best known to game show audiences for his hosting stints on Wheel of Fortune (original host, 1975-1981), Love Connection (1983-1995), Scrabble (1984-1990, 1994), Greed (1998-2000) and Lingo (2002-2007). He was also a sales representative for the Pillsbury Company.
Par contre, Alex Kozinski, maintenant juge à la Cour d'Appel des États-Unis d'Amérique pour le neuvième circuit a connu plus de succès lors de son passage à l'émission.
The Dating Game est le précurseur de plusieurs autres jeux télévisés du même genre (bien qu'un jeu intitulé Blind Date faisait de même 20 ans plus tôt, mais d'une manière beaucoup plus prude).En France, l'émission Tournez manège était inspirée de The Dating Game, et Les Z'amours est une adaptation de The Newlywed Game.Au Québec, l'émission Coup de foudre fonctionnait selon le même principe.The name of the game show pilot was titled Shopper's Bazaar, which would later be renamed Wheel of Fortune (based on the game Hangman which Griffin played frequently with his sister).After the Shopper's Bazaar pilot, Chuck moved on to other thing as Merv Griffin was hard at work on rebuilding a new pilot now titled Wheel of Fortune with 77 Sunset Strip actor Edd "Kookie" Byrnes as the new host and Susan Stafford, a local TV personality, as the letter-turner.In 1978, Chuck and Susan were nominated for an Emmy as Outstanding Game Show Hosts but they lost to Richard Dawson.