It’s been a minute since we last heard about Richard Simmons and his, um, unusual situation at home. But, as always, when times get tough, Richard swoops in, wearing his best lycra micro-shorts and sequined tank, to save the day. As everybody is locked away in self-isolation, the need for living room calisthenics has never been higher. And fortunately, in the past three weeks, Richard (or, more likely, Richard’s team) has uploaded a bunch of vintage workout videos to his YouTube page––the site’s first uploads in more than 6 years!
Earlier this year, Richard Simmons hit the National Enquirer with a defamation lawsuit for running a story, claiming he was transgender and transition. Richard lost that lawsuit this summer. Now TMZ is reporting that not only did he lose his case, he has to pay the Enquirer’s legal fees.
In June 2016, The National Enquirer sharted out a story claiming that the real reason for why Richard Simmons has retired from the spotlight is because he’s taking hormones and getting surgeries as a part of his transition into a woman. Richard’s rep denied The National Enquirer’s story at the time, but the Enquirer kept on and burped up more stories about Richard’s so-called transition. Since The National Enquirer refuses to shut their mouth, Richard has shoved a libel complaint between their lips. The Hollywood Reporter says that Richard is suing The National Enquirer, Radar Online and their parent company American Media, Inc. for spreading lies about him. I’m kind of jealous of everyone who works at The National Enquirer, because when Richard Simmons takes over the company after victoriously winning his lawsuit, he’ll change it to The Simmons Enquirer and they’ll get him as a boss.
The sparkly cloud-topped Pixy Stix that is Richard Simmons hardly ever speaks directly to his loyal disciples ever since he retired from the spotlight, but today, he left a message for his fans on his Facebook page. Richard very briefly responded to the podcast Richard Simmons Is Missing and mostly thanked everyone for praying to their Santo Simmons candle while he’s laid up in the hospital.
When I read the e-mail subject “Richard Simmons Hospitalized” first thing this morning, I was half-asleep and one drop of caffeine hadn’t entered my body yet, but my eyes still made like that dog’s eyes. But the rainbow dusted dandelion is going to be okay. That’s what his rep, Michael Catalano, tells ABC News anyway.
Michael Catalano says that Richard’s stomach and caca-making parts were in such a bad way yesterday that he needed to get checked out at the hospital. TMZ says it wasn’t a “What’s the number to 911?” situation so an ambulance was not called. Richard was driven to the hospital by one of his people. Michael gave this statement:
“Richard Simmons was hospitalized on Monday at an undisclosed location in California. After a few days of battling severe indigestion and discomfort while eating, we agreed it was best for him to seek treatment. He’s already feeling better and is expected to make a full recovery.”
The human glitter stick also spent three days in Cedars-Sinai hospital last summer. Richard’s people blamed “dehydration” at the time.
Richard recently signed a deal with a company to handle merchandising, licensing and future endorsements. So based on that bit of news, I’m going to choose to believe that in the basement of Cedars-Sinai is a giant rehearsal studio. Richard hasn’t been going to the hospital to treat his ills. For the past year, Richard is preparing to make his much-awaited return to the spotlight and he’s been secretly rehearsing for a sequin-filled, pucker-inducing Las Vegas extravaganza!!! Look, 2016 was a flaming plastic bag of donkey diarrhea and 2017 isn’t turning out any better. So let’s just go with this. We need something to believe in!
In case your ears haven’t gobbled down at least one episode of Missing Richard Simmons, it’s a podcast where one of Richard Simmons’ friends and former customers, filmmaker Dan Taberski, tries to get to the bottom of what happened to the human lighting bolt in a golden dandelion ‘fro.
It’s been over three years since the sun frowned from Richard disappearing from public life and pretty much cutting off his friends. Richard has been living like me (aka never leaves the house and avoids other humans) and he and his rep have released statements saying that he’s got a busted knee and is just staying away from the spotlight for now. Richard’s legendary studio also closed up last year because it needed his presence to survive.
On the third episode of MRS, Dan talked to another one of Richard’s friends, Mauro Oliveira, who once again shared a theory that he shared last year. Mauro believes that Richard’s longtime housekeeper, Teresa Reveles, used her black magic bruja powers to control him. Richard’s rep shit on Mauro’s claims.