In 1973, following an appearance on The Tonight Show, Woolery was selected by Merv Griffin to host a game show pilot he was working on with NBC boss Lin Bolen, called Shopper's Bazaar.
Chuck had a comparatively mellower style of hosting with several unique mannerisms, such as a play-by-play of the Wheel as wedges flew by during each spin ("Past the five and the two, coming up on the Free Spin Territory-can you make it, can you make it? "), repeating the category name within the round, regularly referring to contestants as "sir" or "ma'am", counting off instances of letters ("One, two, three T's!
"), saying "same options apply" (spin, buy, or solve) if a contestant bought a vowel and had enough for another, informing home viewers of the Used Letter Board, and licking his finger just before doing the Final Spin.
On June 7, 1976, he brought up the letters and responded to them with "I like to hug folks. " As an NBC game show host, Woolery appeared at least three times on Celebrity Sweepstakes, all in 1975: Chuck is also known to have played at least one week of The Magnificent Marble Machine.
In late 1981, Woolery got into a salary dispute with Merv, wanting a raise in his annual pay from $65,000 to $500,000, in line with what other emcees made and because Wheel was drawing a 44 share; Merv offered $400,000, and NBC agreed to pay the remaining $100,000 until Merv threatened to move the show to CBS. " Chuck later hosted other games including Love Connection (1983-94), Scrabble (1984-90/1993), California's The Big Spin (1985), an unsold Pyramid pilot (1997), The Dating Game (1997-99), Greed (1999-2000), Lingo (2002-07), Think Like a Cat (2008), and The Price Is Right Live! Around 1982-83, Woolery hosted an unsold pilot called Let's Get Personal which, according to this post, involved answering personality questions to "meet" a certain trait being discussed in that round with the help of a psychologist; one such round was a sketch with Larry Anderson, Tim Stack, and Sally Julian as the actors.
NBC withdrew the offer, and Chuck left the show on December 25, 1981; Pat Sajak took over as host on December 28. Notably, one of the contestants was Jack Campion, a lawyer who appeared on at least six other game show pilots between 19.
Aside from game shows, Woolery hosted a self-titled, short-lived talk show in 1991 as well as co-hosting The Home and Family Show for its first few months in 1996.
He also starred in GSN's 2003 documentary-reality series Chuck Woolery: Naturally Stoned, whose debut show mainly involved him relearning "Naturally Stoned" for a concert performance.
Woolery appeared in an episode of the hospital sitcom Scrubs, during which he states "Love Connection was never cancelled.
In this game show, contestants answer trivia questions and then compete in a timed race through the supermarket.
The team that has the most valuable items in their shopping cart at the end of the race wins.
He is best known for saying "We'll be back in 2 and 2.", a quote he began using on Love Connection as a throw to commercial breaks.