After new doc, Richard Simmons thanks followers for ‘kindness’

After a brand new TMZ documentary reignited the dialog round Richard Simmons’ whereabouts, the reclusive health guru and popular culture icon addressed followers with an endearing message this week.

On his official Fb web page, Simmons, 74, shared an image of a yellow smiley face holding up a crimson banner that claims, “Thank you!”

“Thank you, everyone, for your kindness and love!,” he captioned the Wednesday publish.

Whereas quick, the uncommon replace from Simmons got here days after Fox aired “TMZ Investigates: What Really Happened to Richard Simmons” on Monday. The tv documentary, which tracked Simmons’ rise to fame and retreat from the highlight, supplied a reasonably simple rationalization for Simmons’ disappearance from the general public eye in 2014.

In accordance with the documentary, Simmons sank “into a deep depression” after docs in 2014 urged him to bear a significant surgical procedure for his left knee.

“And if he didn’t get one, he might never be able to exercise again. Now, this is key to the disappearance of Richard Simmons,” the documentary claims.

Additionally within the doc, actor and creator Suzanne Somers mentioned she and Simmons have been as soon as supposed to look on Larry King’s speak present till Simmons declined.

“I heard through the ‘Larry King’ people that he didn’t want to be on the show with me,” she mentioned, including that she was advised Simmons was afraid of being ridiculed by her.

“That’s not my style, I never make fun of anybody,” she mentioned. “But that’s when I realized a little insecurity has gotten in there.

“I liked him. I was always so surprised when he thought I’d make fun of him. But doesn’t that show you he’s got a heartache? Something’s broken inside because he did it. He had it and then let it go.”

The TMZ doc isn’t the primary try to uncover why Simmons retreated after which abruptly shuttered his L.A. health studio in 2016.

In 2017, Dan Taberski launched the “Missing Richard Simmons” podcast, which revisited the hypothesis and gossip behind Simmons’ disappearance and featured interviews with the train professional’s buddies.

Rumors then swirled round his well-being. In 2016, the Nationwide Enquirer claimed Simmons had transitioned to grow to be a girl, which he shortly shut down. “I feel compelled to set the record straight and refute these lies,” he wrote in a press release posted to Fb.

In an interview with the “Today” present that very same yr, Simmons refuted claims that he was being managed by his housekeeper and reassured followers that he was secure.

“No one is holding me in my house as a hostage; I do what I want to do as I’ve always done,” he mentioned. “So people should just believe what I have to say, because, like, I’m Richard Simmons.”

After Simmons’ newest replace, followers reciprocated his love, writing almost 5,000 constructive responses on his Fb publish as of Friday.

“You have done so much good in so many people’s lives,” one fan replied. “Thank you for all that you have done and are still doing. None of us will ever forget you!”

“Thank YOU, for being such an excellent and kind human all these years,” one other mentioned. “You’ve been missed.”