Los Angeles: Richard Simmons hasn’t been taken hostage, as was being mentioned in the social media and some news outlets. A TMZ report quoting police sources said that when the cops reached his home to check about his welfare, they found him fine.
68-year old Richard Simmons, who looks almost half his age and is very athletic for a person of his age was said to have been taken hostage by his housekeepers.
A TMZ report quoting the police officials said, “LAPD officers went to the 68-year-old’s Hollywood Hills home 2 weeks ago for a welfare check … this after at least one person contacted the cops and said Richard was being held hostage. Our sources say the officers spoke to Richard at length and determined he was “perfectly fine.”
Richard Simmons is a fitness freak as well as a renowned fitness guru. Besides, he is also an actor and comedian and promotes weight-loss programs, prominently through his Sweatin’ to the Oldies line of aerobics videos and is known for his eccentric, flamboyant, and energetic personality. He is often parodied and was a frequent guest of late night television talk shows, such as the Late Show with David Letterman.
The new of Richard Simmons abduction rumors might have been ignited by the release of latest episode of “Missing Richard Simmons”. It has reached No. 1 on the iTunes podcast charts. Last month, former “Daily Show” producer Dan Taberski — a friend of Simmons’ before his withdrawal — launched the weekly podcast “Missing Richard Simmons,” which sets out to find out what prompted Simmons’ disappearing act. In its first month, Taberski’s series has become a hit, going to the top spot on the iTunes podcasting chart and reigniting rumors about Simmons’ well-being. It is yet to be deciphered why he tries such tactics so often. His networth is estimated to be around $15 million.