Page Six: Richard Simmons sends best wishes to fitness studio’s new leader
Now-reclusive fitness guru Richard Simmons is speaking out after the keys of his longtime workout studio were handed over to another exercise pro, Kym Herjavec.
“I wish Kym all the best of everything in that space,” he said in a rare new statement to “Entertainment Tonight” about “Dancing with Stars” pro Herjavec, who took over the studio in March.
In the statement, the 68-year-old — who in recent months has been at the center of a media whirlwind — waxed poetic about his time heading his Slimmons studio in Beverly Hills.
“In 1974, I opened Slimmons as a way to help people make positive changes in their lives by having fun while exercising,” he said. “It was a place to make friends, listen to and learn from others, lose weight and gain confidence.”
“Over the years thousands came to laugh and sweat with me,” he added. “I will take the time for myself to be the best I can be and so should you. I love you — always keep sweatin’!”
Simmons, who has not been seen out in public since February 2014, did not attend the final class at Slimmons.
In March, a podcast titled “Missing Richard Simmons” attempted to uncover the reason for Simmons’ disappearance from the public eye, and also sparked rumors that he was being held hostage by his housekeeper. He recently filed a lawsuit against the National Enquirer and Radar Online over claims that he was transitioning into a woman.
Kym, the wife of “Shark Tank” fixture Robert Herjavec, has been teaching dance classes called The Bod in Simmons’ former space for a few weeks.
She recently acknowledged that he’s her inspiration. “Honoured to be in the same studio that Richard filled with so much joy and love,” she wrote on Instagram below a sweet throwback snap of the two of them. “Really inspired the idea that every BOD is beautiful,” she said.
As tribute to the exercise icon, Herjavec has preserved the sign for Simmons’ studio and the “gorgeous” disco ball.
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