Workout guro Richard Simmons has been MIA for three years, according to podcast host Dan Taberski. Taberski says that on February 15, 2014, Simmons stopped showing up for the fitness classes he had been teaching for 40 years. Since then, Simmons' only public appearance has been a trip to the hospital for dehydration in 2016. However, his Facebook page has continued to post, including a statement saying that, contrary to rumors, he's not transitioning from male to female.
So where'd Simmons go? That's what Taberski aims to find out in a weekly series titled Missing Richard Simmons. Simmons' rep, Tom Estey, denies that the exercise personality is missing, telling People magazine the podcast's claims are a "complete load of crap." Taberski's goal is to ultimately talk to Simmons. The show will have six episodes total. Its explosive third episode, "The Maid and the Masseuse," contains claims that Simmons is being held hostage by his housekeeper, Teresa Reveles.
Estey says the allegations are entirely false. “Theresa has been working with him for, since I’ve been working with him [27 years]. So, holding him hostage is the biggest, I mean … Theresa is the housekeeper, she’s the caretaker, she is extraordinary, she is amazing, she takes impeccable care of Richard and she has for as long as I have been working with Richard, so that is a complete load of crap,” he said. “Richard made a choice. To live a more private life. If he decides to come back, he’ll come back … People claim that it happened overnight. It really didn’t. We were turning down stuff for years and just kind of quieting down, and when he decides that he wants to come back, that’s when he’ll come back, and when that will be, I have no idea or if he will at all. There really isn’t anything to report.”