Fitness Guru Richard Simmons Issues Statement to People Magazine
At last….Richard Simmons has released his first statement in more than a year, speaking to fans about his recent hospitalization in a message sent to People magazine.
Perhaps now everyone will leave him alone!
“Hello to everyone who has shown concern for me and sent their good wishes. You will never know how much it means to me. Aren’t you sick of hearing and reading about me?! LOL Well by now you know that I’m not ‘missing,’ just a little under the weather. I’m sure I will be feeling good and back home in a couple of days,” Simmons stated.
Simmons’ statement referenced the popular podcast, “Missing Richard Simmons,” which was put together by his one-time friend Dan Taberski and explored the fitness superstar’s decision to vanish from public life.
Richard Simmons Gossip News and 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 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 Howard 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 ran his own workout studio, Slimmons. He opened it over 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. As such, he endeavored to create an encouraging environment for that previously neglected clientèle. He still teaches three days a week when he’s in town.
Loves Barbra Streisand, Broadway musicals, and one of a kind Art dolls, and Art Glass…having been an Art Major in college himself. He owns a vast of Art Dolls. Much of his Art Glass collection was destroyed by the Northridge Earthquake.
His top weight was 268 lbs before he learned to control it.
Honored for his dedication to the cause of Health & Fitness with his induction to the National Fitness Hall of Fame in 2006.
During his 4-year stint on General Hospital (1963), Simmons began personally answering fan mail. To this day, he still personally answers e-mails & letters, and makes hundreds of phone calls a week to people who seek his help, or who simply need to begin with a motivational phone call.
He launched a brand new website. He is filming four new videos which will be available by the end of the year. And he is working with Sirius radio on a weekly radio show which will begin in October 2005.
He taught aerobics all over the country, and at his own studio, Slimmon. [September 2005]