Remember when I told you to reverse your dramatic wall slide in the previous post? Scratch that. Keep sliding, because former glittery joymaker and current Blanche Hudson impersonator Richard Simmons was taken to the hospital early Saturday morning! Rend your garments and curse the heavens!
According to TMZ, Simmons was taken to Cedars Sinai in LA for an evaluation. Someone at Richard’s home was prompted to call 911 around midnight because Simmons was reportedly exhibiting “strange behavior.”
Richard’s situation has been sort of iffy and mysterious for the past couple of years. He hasn’t been seen in public, and there was concern that his maid was re-enacting Whatever Happened to Baby Jane with Richard and his money. There’s even been talk of voodoo rituals! It’s an upsetting story because Richard is celebrity royalty and his satin short-shorts, sparkle pantyhose, and penchant for flamboyant fun have been lighting up our lives forever!
Simmons himself dialed up Entertainment Tonight and Today back in March to dispute the rumors and explain that he’s just gone into retirement.
Get well soon, Richard Simmons!
P.S. What exactly constitutes “strange behavior” for Richard Simmons? Tweed? Televised golf? What?
UPDATE: Richard was released from Cedars Sinai on Saturday. TMZ says that he was reportedly evaluated for a possible stroke or dementia because his housekeeper said that he was incoherent. Stay tuned?