BEVERLY HILLS—Owner and weight loss icon Richard Simmons has announced that he will be closing his Beverly Hills exercise studio Slimmons. The establishment has been in business since 1974 and is expected to officially close on Saturday, November 19. The business is located on Civic Center Drive and North Santa Monica Boulevard.
The reason for the closing is due to Simmons’ two-year disappearance. The face of the company was no longer teaching classes. His manager, Michael Catalano, told Entertainment Tonight, “He just hasn’t taught there in over two years.” According to reports, his disappearance from the public spotlight could be a result from a knee surgery he had a few years ago. Reports even noted that Simmons was being held captive at his home, which he denied.
“Some of you may have heard that Slimmons will close next month. While it is true, it has been an amazing part of my life to teach, meet and support people from all over the world. I want to thank everyone who has come through those studio doors to laugh, cry and sweat with me! Remember to keep sweatin’, keep moving’ and most importantly go out and vote!” said Simmons on his Facebook account.
He advertised classes that were available to everyone. “Simmons has helped millions of overweight men and women lose more than 3,000,000 pounds by adopting sensible balanced eating programs and exercise regimes that are energetic, fun and motivating,” states the company’s website.