‘Wheel of Fortune’ Issues Statement After the Death of Former Director Dick Carson

by Taylor Cunningham
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Today we learned that the former Wheel of Fortune director Dick Carson passed away after briefly battling an illness.

And tonight, his friends at Wheel remembered Carson on social media with a heartbreaking series on Tweets.

“We are saddened to hear of the passing of our longtime Director, Dick Carson,” the show wrote. “He brought tremendous talent and leadership to the director’s chair where he oversaw thousands of episodes of Wheel of Fortune.”

Along with the note, the series posted a photo of its late director. Wheel of Fortune continued the tribute with a second Tweet.

“Dick Carson earned two Daytime Emmys over the course of the two decades he spent at the show until his retirement. All of us at Wheel of Fortune send our deepest condolences to his family.”

Host Pat Sajak Pens Tribute to Former ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Boss

After hearing the news, Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak also penned a personal tribute to his late friend and boss.

“So sad to hear of the passing of Dick Carson, who directed Wheel for 20 years before retiring in 2000,” he wrote on Twitter. “As reserved midwesterners, it took us a while before we decided we and our wives might like to have dinner. We had many. Lesly and I send our love to Karlyn and the family.”

Carson began working with the world-famous game show in 1979, back when Chuck Woolery was still the host. And before retiring 20 years later, he directed more than 3,100 Wheel of Fortune episodes.

Dick Carson, who was the younger brother of Johnn Carson, also directed The Merv Griffin Show and his brother’s The Tonight Show.

In total, Carson had 43 years of experience in the industry. Through his work, he won 5 Daytime Emmys and was nominated for 12 more. And the famed director also won the 2010 Lifetime Achievement award at the Viaero Great American Comedy Festival. 

“In college, I was a radio and speech major and spent most of my extracurricular time in theater productions as an actor,” he shared during the award ceremony. “My exposure to entertainment through Johnny probably was the catalyst for my going into the field of entertainment.”

Richard Charles Carson passed away on December 19th, 2021, according to Fox News. Carson’s family publicist, Charlie Barrett, made the announcement today (January 10th).