October 21, 2016
I got some heartbreaking news today. Richard Simmons is closing his fitness studio, Slimmons. The last day will be November 19th. I was told this in a mass email sent by the manager.
I’m experiencing a whirlwind of feelings surrounding this news, and the predominant one is, well, heartbreak. It’s devastating news. Read the rest of this entry »
June 14, 2016
Quite a few people have asked me what I thought about the current issue of the National Enquirer – the one with the cover story that says Richard Simmons has transitioned into a woman. “Do you think it’s true?” I’ve fumbled my way through some answers to that question, but really, the truest and simplest answer is this: Read the rest of this entry »
June 5, 2016
If you happened to be in Griffith Park this morning, you may have seen a guy running by in a neon green tutu. That guy was me! I competed in the Pride Run 5k, and the costume was in honor of my friend Richard Simmons.
Richard was in the news again this weekend, reportedly hospitalized on Friday night. It was a Read the rest of this entry »
March 15, 2016
The past few days have been an emotional roller coaster. Richard Simmons is my friend, and it’s difficult to read articles about your friend that suggest he might be being held hostage and under the influence of magic spells, even if you think, like I do, that those theories are a load of horseshit. A lot of complicated feelings and memories were stirred by Richard’s subsequent interview on the “Today” show. There has been a lot to process, and I’m not sure I’m done processing yet.
Me and Richard in 2013.
I’ve known Richard for six years. I would Read the rest of this entry »
March 14, 2016
Click here for the “Today” show interview with Richard Simmons that aired this morning. I watched it on TV about an hour ago. It was a phone interview with Savannah Guthrie that took place on Sunday, and they played it at 7:40 this morning, over a series of photos and b-roll footage of Richard’s appearances, classes, and videos.
You can listen for yourself, but Richard did pretty much exactly what I thought he would do: Read the rest of this entry »
March 13, 2016
The New York Daily News ran a lengthy, in-depth story about Richard Simmons on Saturday, and it spread like wildfire. It is a fascinating read by Andy Martino. I highly recommend you take a few minutes and check it out. Read it here.
The story, naturally, is about Richard Simmons’ disappearance from the public eye. It’s been over two years since Richard has taught a class or made a public appearance. It’s been two years since I’ve seen him or heard from him. I consider Richard a friend, and he’s a very important person in my life. It was with his help that I lost 160 pounds – weight I’ve kept off for over five years. I appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “The Doctors” with Richard, and I was in one of his infomercials, too.
I haven’t written about Richard lately on this blog, if only because Read the rest of this entry »
December 7, 2015
On Thursday, I took an exercise class at Slimmons. Anne led it, and it was excellent, and a bunch of friends were there. I even posted a selfie on Instagram and Facebook:
I like going to Slimmons, even though Richard isn’t there, because Read the rest of this entry »