A shocking new allegation made by a podcast is claiming Richard Simmons a prisoner in his own home.
Missing Richard Simmons is the No. 1 podcast in America and is produced by the exercise guru’s close friend, TV producer Dan Taberski.
In that time, he’s apparently shut himself away in his Hollywood mansion.
His last public appearance was an interview with CNN shortly before New Year’s 2014.
Since then, Simmons has cut off ties with all his old friends. He also closed his workout studio.
One friend, Mauro Oliveira claims he is being controlled by his longtime housekeeper, Teresa Reveles.
In episode three of the podcast, Olivera said: “She realized I was in the house. She starts screaming like a witch. ‘No, no, no. Get out, get out, get out, get out. I don’t want him here. Richard looked at me and said, ‘You gotta go.’ I said, ‘Really? Is she controlling your life now?” and he said: ‘Yes.'”
When Inside Edition caught up with the housekeeper in June 2016, she didn’t have much to say.
“For all the people that are worrying about me I want to tell them that I love them with my whole heart and soul and that not to worry. Richard’s fine,” he said.
In response to the podcast, Simmons’ publicist has issued a statement to reassure his fans saying that despite his absence from public life, he is not being held against his will, and he’s doing just fine.