Fitness Guru Richard Simmons Returns in Total Fashion

Fitness guru Richard Simmons has been in hiding for almost 5 years…. but that’s about to change.

Richard Simmons According to sources, Simmons is preparing for a comeback with the launch of the “Richard Simmons Sweatin’ Shop” channel Thursday on Think QVC meets Facebook where anyone, even celebs, can go live to plug their merch. Richard’s first offering, a 2019 calendar filled with more than just 365 dates. It also contains Richard-ism inspirations for each day.

Simmons has not made any major public appearances since 2014, and stopped appearing in public at all in February of that year.

In March 2016, speculation began that he was being held hostage by his housekeeper.

Richard Simmons Retreats from Society

In response, on March 14, Simmons gave an audio interview on the Today Show, denying the rumors. In November, the Simmons fitness gym closed, without any public announcement from Simmons. In February 2017, the podcast Missing Richard Simmons launched, investigating why Simmons left public life so suddenly.

In March 2017, LAPD detectives visited Simmons’ home to conduct a welfare check, issuing a statement that Simmons is “perfectly fine” and that “right now he is doing what he wants to do and it is his business.” On April 19, 2017, following a hospitalization for severe indigestion, Simmons made his first public comment in over a year, posting on Facebook a photo of himself and the message “I’m not ‘missing’, just a little under the weather”. However, the picture that was included in the post was several years old – from 2013 or 2014 – and there was some speculation that the person using his account to post the message might not actually have been him.

May 2017, Simmons sued the National Enquirer, Radar Online and American Media, Inc. for libel and false claims that he was undergoing gender reassignment. In September 2017, Simmons lost the lawsuit, and was ordered to pay the defendants’ attorney’s fees. The judge ruled that “because courts have long held that a misidentification of certain immutable characteristics do not naturally tend to injure one’s reputation, even if there is sizeable portion of the population who hold prejudices against those characteristics, misidentification of a person as transgender is not actionable defamation absent special damages.”

Fitness Guru Please Leave him Alone People!

In June 2018, Simmons sued a Los Angeles private investigator, claiming that he had placed a tracking device over a year earlier on the only vehicle Simmons used for transportation, noting that such tracking is in violation of California law. July 2018, Simmons amended the lawsuit, alleging that the investigator was hired by In Touch Weekly, and prosecutors filed a criminal complaint citing a specific section of the state’s penal code.

Richard Simmons Trivia
Famous for always appearing in public in candy-striped Dolfin shorts, and tank tops that have been hand decorated with Swarovski crystals.
Has not appeared on The Howard Stern Show (1990) since November 1992, though he was once a regular guest. During his last appearance on the show, he ran out of the studio in tears after Stern told him, “Your belly hangs like your nuts.”.
Much of his hair fell out due to losing weight in an unhealthy manner. He then had to have hair transplants, moving some of his own hair from the back of his head to the front. He urges others to lose weight in a healthy manner so they won’t have the same problems he did.
He runs his own workout studio, Slimmons. He opened it more than 30 years ago in Beverly Hills, California, after finding that established gyms and exercise studios tended to favor already-fit people while discouraging beginners and the overweight. He endeavored to create an encouraging environment for that previously neglected clientele. He still teaches three days a week when he’s in town.
Loves Barbra Streisand, Broadway musicals, one-of-a-kind art dolls, and art glass, having been an art major in college. He owns a vast collection of art dolls. Much of his art glass collection was destroyed by the Northridge earthquake.
When Simmons was appearing with two of his weight-loss clients on the The Howard Stern Show (1990) in 1990, Stern taunted his clients by waving food in front of their faces using a fishing pole. A large roasted chicken was lowered from the ceiling as well, to the shock and dismay of Simmons’s clients. One of those clients, Michael Hebranko, later ballooned to more than 1,000 pounds and had to be rescued from his New York brownstone by 20 paramedics, policemen, and firemen. Though he quickly dropped much of the weight he had regained, three years later Hebranko again had to rescued from his apartment after gaining the weight back.
He was initially motivated to lose weight when he received an anonymous note, left on his car, reading, “Fat people die young. Please don’t die.”
His top weight was 268 pounds before he learned to control it.
Briefly studied for the priesthood.
Honored for his dedication to the cause of health and fitness with his induction to the National Fitness Hall of Fame in 2006.
During his four-year stint on General Hospital (1963), Simmons began personally answering fan mail. To this day, he still personally answers emails and letters, and makes hundreds of phone calls a week to people who are seeking his help, or who simply need to a motivational phone call.
He just launched a brand-new website. He is filming four new videos that will be available by the end of the year. He also is working with Sirius radio on a weekly radio show that will begin in October 2005. He still teaches aerobics all over the country, and at his own studio, Slimmons. [September 2005]
Sells his own line of dolls on the Home Shopping Network. [November 2003]

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