Richard Simmons’ Manager Says The Fitness Guru Is ‘not Asking For A Curtain Call’

Richard Simmons’ Manager Says The Fitness Guru Is ‘not Asking For A Curtain Call’

Eager fans hoping for the first glimpse of Richard Simmons in three years are going to have to wait a little longer — the fitness guru is perfectly happy staying far away from the spotlight, his manager said.

Michael Catalano, who's worked with the reclusive star for 30 years, spilled to People magazine that Simmons' recent re-launch into the spotlight courtesy of a popular podcast has not been a welcome change in the star's ultra-private life.

"He was ready to quiet down is what he's told me, and it doesn't mean he's done, but for now, he's enjoying the time away from the public," Catalano said. "There's no event or any real reason for him to do that, so it's not like there was some awful thing, a death in the family, something he was having trouble coping with. It was none of that. He's just enjoying his time."

The Simmons hoopla kicked off last month when filmmaker Dan Taberski launched a podcast dedicated to tracking down Simmons, the aptly titled, "Missing Richard Simmons." Though Taberski bills the show as a public plea for Simmons to return to the spotlight, Catalano says the broadcast may ultimately have the opposite effect.

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"Dan said to me, people just want to have a chance to thank him and congratulate him and let him sort of have a final send-off," he told the magazine. "But he doesn't require that! You can't force it on someone. He's not asking for a curtain call."

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Catalano even dropped by the podcast's final episode to bring the point home.

"I can't say Richard feels better as a result of the podcast," he told Taberski during his appearance. "Maybe you do. I think you've really created more worry and speculation. He's earned [time out of the spotlight]. It has to be what he wants. He certainly has the right to write the ending."

Of course, that only stands if the ending isn't written for him. The Simmons craze reached a bizarre head earlier this month after the podcast and a Daily News investigation sparked enough speculation that Simmons was being held hostage by his housekeeper that the Los Angeles Police Department stepped in, only to find Simmons safe and sound.

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