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Richard Simmons Reflects on Being ‘Made Fun of,’ Shares Words of Wisdom With Fans

Richard Simmons Reflects on Being ‘Made Fun of,’ Shares Words of Wisdom With Fans

Richard Simmons has helped millions of people get their bodies in shape, but he’s also looking out for their feelings, too. Simmons has stayed out of the public eye for a number of years. Yet in the past few months, he’s been a little more active on his Facebook page.

And it’s through social media that Simmons dropped his latest life nugget on Tuesday. The one-time fitness guru reminds people about being made fun of in his own life.

“For as long as I can remember, people have made fun of me,” Richard Simmons wrote. “And people still make fun of me. But you know what? I am glad to be me! You should be glad that you are you.”

In his way, Simmons remains an encouraging voice when he chooses to use it publicly. As a part of this Facebook message, he also offered some musical suggestions for people going through tough times. Simmons rattled off three of them: Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive, I Am What I Am from the Broadway show La Cage aux Folles, and This Is Me from The Greatest Showman.

Richard Simmons Offers Song Suggestions

Simmons closed his message by writing “These songs will uplift you. Love, Richard,” People reports.

Another reason Simmons has been in the news recently involves a biopic being done about his life. Comedian Pauly Shore appears as Simmons in a short film titled The Court Jester. That film made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival earlier in January, and then went to YouTube.

Simmons never gave his blessing to this or the biopic being done. Shore also will play Simmons in the movie, too. In another Facebook post, Simmons said that he has “never given my permission for this movie.” On January 22, Simmons also shared that he’s been asked to give interviews but chooses not to do so.

In September 2023, Shore, in an interview with People, talked about the movie project and the fan reaction to this news coming out. “He helped so many people,” Shore said. “… He was all about positivity and helping people. And there’s so much angst and divisiveness in the world, so I think a dose of that positivity is what people need. A Richard Simmons movie could unite America!”

Pauly Shore, Company Moves Ahead With Biopic

Shore and The Wolper Organization are moving forward with the biopic. The Wolper Organization, in a statement, said it respected Simmons’ privacy. Shore holds out hope that Simmons might become involved in the movie project at some point.

There are a lot of people who were born in the 1980s that remember Simmons. He had his own talk show from 1980 to 1984. Simmons also put out the Sweatin’ to the Oldies videos that made him a household name. He also was a guest on several talk shows over the years.

One day in 2014, though, Simmons removed himself from the public eye. It was a sudden decision and left his closest friends asking questions. In doing some research for this article, we came across

filmmaker Dan Tiberski’s podcast series Headlong: Missing Richard Simmons. The liner notes indicate that Tiberski is a friend of Simmons and someone who took part in classes at Slimmons. Tiberski goes in search of answers regarding Simmons’ life and disappearance through interviews.