Richard Simmons Is Safe And Sound, And His Housekeeper Is Not Holding Him Hostage

Richard Simmons with a school groupPhoto by House Committee on Education and the Workforce Dem

This is the message Richard Simons wanted to share with the world after New York Daily News published article saying that Teresa Revels, who is Richard’s housekeeper for 30 years held him hostage and not letting anyone to see him.

He gave interview to Today on Monday morning, March 14 saying: “No one is holding me in my house as a hostage. You know, I do what I want to do, as I’ve always done, so people should sort of just believe what I have to say because, like, I’m Richard Simmons! Teresa Reveles has been with me for 30 years; it’s almost like we’re a married couple.

For the last 40 years I have been traveling, teaching classes and I had a knee injury, so I had a knee replacement, which was very difficult for me. I have really just been taking it easy, staying at home, working out in my gym and doing the things I haven’t done in a very long time.”

In the article that claimed he was a hostage they claimed that Theresa was controlling his life and not allowing people to visit him or even interact with him in any kind of way. Richard said that the article is very hurtful for him and his employee. He ended his phone interview with words: “For all the people that were 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. You haven’t seen the last of me. I’ll come back, and I’ll come back strong.”


Richard Simmons is a fitness guru that had obesity issues when he was young but overcame them and become fitness instructor. He described his struggles in a book called Still Hungry After All These Years: My Story.