Karen Belz
March 10, 2017 7:00 am

You’ve probably heard a lot about him in recent weeks. Thanks to a new podcast, fans everywhere are once again invested in the safety of Richard Simmons, known best for his fitness techniques of decades past. Simmons was once one of the most visible celebrities around, brightening up talk shows and helping those across America shed some pounds. But these days? He hasn’t been seen in awhile.

And by awhile, we mean a very, very long time. It’s been reported that his last public appearance was on CNN back in January 2014. But it’s not just television shows — fans haven’t seen him out and about, or at any of his prior exercise classes.

While it’s been a mystery for some time, the brand new podcast Missing Richard Simmons has revived an interest in the case.

The good news is, the LAPD has reported him to be alive, well, and not in a hostage situation. (Yes, it was speculated that his housekeeper, Teresa, was holding him hostage. Hey, when people are concerned, various conclusions are reached.)

According to his spokesperson, things haven’t been different with Simmons for quite some time. In fact, he was slowly easing into a more private life.

This clashes with the viewpoint of the host of Missing Richard Simmons, Dan Taberski, who was not only an acquaintance of Simmons, but a student. In fact, he remembers the exact day when Simmons stopped showing up to his “Slimmons” class, and the disappointment that he and his classmates felt.

While it’s great to have an official report from the LAPD, we can’t help but think that Missing Richard Simmons is the current top podcast on iTunes for a reason. People still really, really care for the fitness legend, and want to make sure he’s living his happiest life.