Richard Simmons Explains Lack of Public Appearances

After speculation of elder abuse or kidnapping, the fitness guru told Entertainment Tonight that he's just "been taking it easy."
2:32 | 03/14/16

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And the women's bracket will be released tonight at 7:00 P.M. We'll begin here with the latest on fitness guru Richard Simmons. He's speaking out this morning. ABC's nick watt is in los Angeles with more. Reporter: Richard Simmons trending on Facebook over the weekend and not in a good way. There are strong fears for the safety and the well-being of the "Sweating to the oldies" stars. Reporter: Those short shorts. That disco. Richard Simmons hasn't been seen in public for more than two years since the 2013 Macy's Thanksgiving day parade. Friends of his have spoken to the media saying that he's been held against his will. This New York daily news splash has tongues wagging. His former assistant says he thinks the fitness icon is being held in his mansion by members of his staff. What do they want from him? His money? The house alone is worth $1 million. Reporter: I'm not kidnapped I'm just in my house right now, he tells entertainment tonight last night. For the past 40 years I have been traveling. He last saw Simmons two years ago just self-published this book, detailing what he thinks is really going on. Who's the witch? The housekeeper. Reporter: So the housekeeper has control over him through her witchcraft. That's what I believe. Yes. I said, is she controlling your life now? He said, yes. Reporter: His spokesperson telling us his claims are ridiculous, completely untrue. Simmons told "E.T." People who surround me are wonderful people who take great care of me. Worth noting, although Simmons is talking on the phone he's not appearing on camera and still not appearing on television. Last night, he also firmly denied that he's gained weight. Now to the latest in the hulk hogan's sex tape lawsuit. The former wrestler suing the

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