Richard Simmons has released his first statement in more than a year, speaking to fans about his recent hospitalization in a message sent to People magazine. "Hello to everyone who has shown concern for me and sent their good wishes. You will never know how much it means to me. Aren't you sick of hearing and reading about me?! LOL Well by now you know that I'm not'missing,' just a little under the weather. I'm sure I will be feeling good and back home in a couple of days," Simmons stated.
Bill Simmons' weekly HBO talk show "Any Given Wednesday" has been cancelled after only fourth months on the air. The final episode will air next week, HBO announced Friday. SEE ALSO: Ben Affleck goes on expletive-filled Deflategate rant on Bill Simmons' new show Despite Simmons' charisma and some viral appearances from celebrity guests, the show failed to attract the ratings to keep it on the air. "We loved making that show, but unfortunately it never resonated with audiences like we hoped. But I love being a part of HBO's family and look forward to innovating with them on other ambitious programming ideas over these next several years -- both for the network and for digital," Simmons said in a statement.
Richard Simmons has returned home from the hospital. Tom Estey, Simmons' publicist of 27 years confirmed to ET on Sunday that the 67-year-old fitness guru had returned home after being hospitalized on Friday, adding that Simmons is "fine." Simmons also gave a statement to ET, saying, "Thank you to everyone who has reached out with love and concern after hearing I was in the hospital. I was dehydrated and needed some fluids and now I am feeling great! Summer is here - drink plenty of liquids.
Rumors swirled about the well-being of Richard Simmons, the fitness guru, after he was not seen in public for more than three years. One bit of gossip claimed he was being held prisoner by his housekeeper. Another said he was in hiding because he was transitioning into a woman. His whereabouts spurred a podcast, aptly titled "Missing Richard Simmons." Still, his brother, Lenny Simmons, maintained the "Sweatin' to the Oldies" star was in good health and his hiatus was self-imposed.