The Bizarre World Of Richard Simmons

Posted on November 13th, 2014 at 9:15 am
Exclusive richard simmons missing As rumors swirl that exercise guru Richard Simmons has been in hiding for almost a year, more information is coming out about the strange life of 66-year-old. Insiders tell RumorFix, "Richard suffers from panic attacks and before this he'd rarely leave his home except for his exercise studio and TV appearances." TMZ reports the Sweatin' To The Oldies creator hasn't been in public since January and is suffering from depression and has a bad knee. When we took one of his classes recently at his Beverly Hills studio -- we saw the very dark side of the public clown. PICTURES: RICHARD SIMMONS WACKY OUTFITS His classes start in a fun and playful way with '80s style aerobics and classic songs, but the second half of the class is floor work and Richard's dark boundary-crossing antics. Not only does he inappropriately fondle attractive males, he fat shames guests who just want to have fun. TV producers who recently worked with him tell RumorFix,"It's become challenging taping with him because he had mood swings and will start crying at the drop of a hat." When we called his Slimmons Studio, the recording said Richard will not be teaching his classes Thursday night or Saturday. On Thursday afternoon Richard broke his silence and released this statement on Facebook: "I am so touched by the outpouring of love and concern I have received today. I have had a tough time dealing with this injury, as it is keeping me from doing what I truly love to do and that is to teach classes around the world. Make sure you keep Sweatin’!" We are sending you healing thoughts!