The Missing Richard Simmons podcast has become very popular recently,
But it’s left us with a lot to learn about this fabulously flamboyant fitness guru.
Here’s 21 facts you probably didn’t know about Richard Simmons.
1. He doesn’t like sarcasm.
Back in 204, Simmons was at Phoenix Airport when a fellow passenger made a sarcastic remark about his Sweatin’ to the Oldies series of tapes.
According to police, the man shouted:
“Hey, everybody, it’s Richard Simmons. Let’s drop our bags and rock to the ‘50s.”
The heckling was unappreciated by Simmons, who reportedly walked over and slapped the man across the face.
2. He studied in Europe.
In his younger years, Richard studied in Florence, Italy and spent time in Palermo, Sicily, where he worked as a fashion illustrator.
3. He stopped working as a fashion illustrator because he felt “there was something missing.”
He said, “I was alone in the room with a dress, and it wasn’t for me — I needed to be around people!”
4. At his heaviest, Richard Simmons weighed 268 pounds.
While in Italy, an anonymous person left a note on Richard’s car that read, “Fat people die. Please don’t die, Richard.”