Richard Simmons promoted a new product line in an online shopping channel on Thursday, but the man was by no means seen as a former student at the helm of sales.
The channel "Richard Simmons Sweatin & # 39; Shop & # 39; was launched on talkhop.live on Thursday night.
One presenter, who said he was one of Simmons' former students, wore a T-shirt with the slogan "Sweat with Richard Simmons". and promoted a $ 17.50 Simmons calendar that offered daily quotes from the fitness guru.
Viewers were posting questions about why the reclusive fitness guru did not appear in person they were ignored.
Apparently, the moderators eliminated some of the questions about Simmons, who was hiding for almost five years.
T-shirts with slogans like "I sweat with Richard Simmons" were offered, but the viewers who posted questions about why the solitary guru did not appear in person were ignored.
The moderators seemed to eliminate some of the questions about Simmons, although several remained live
Anthony W said: "Will Richard become soon? Richard will appear?
James B wrote: "Literally, the only attraction of Richard's products is Richard and you are selling his products without him." You can not just throw a semi-enigmatic queen into the camera and expect us to buy things. Sorry. & # 39;
Some of the publications seemed to have been deleted by the moderators.
The daily calendar of Richard Simmons 2019 is described on the site as "a celebration of the wit and wisdom of beloved pop icon Richard Simmons".
"By helping people adopt sensible and balanced eating programs and exercise regimens that are energetic, fun and motivating, as well as rethinking their self-image and self-esteem, Richard Simmons has inspired generations to reach their full potential."
On offer, these fitness programs offer viewers 365 days of inspiration for 2019
The last time Simmons spoke in public was in April 2017, when he contacted the fans to assure them that he was still there and thanked them for their support.
<I> Are not you tired of hearing and reading about me? </ I> He wrote in a Facebook post, along with a photo of himself from 2014.
& # 39; Well, now you know I'm not & # 39; disappeared, just a little under the weather. I'm sure I'll feel good and back home in a couple of days. "
Simmons attends the 2010 World Fitness Day at the Georgia Dome on May 1, 2010 in Atlanta
Simmons, who was in the hospital at the time, also added his thanks to the many fans who had communicated to express their concern and good wishes.
"You'll never know how much it means to me," he wrote. "This reminded me that when you need help you can not be afraid to approach and ask for it.
"We all think that we should always be able to solve our problems by ourselves and sometimes it is simply bigger than us.
& # 39; I approached and I hope you do too. I'm sure there are people in your life who love you and love you and who would do anything to help you with the challenges you face.
& # 39; Just knowing that you care already has made me feel better. I hope to see you again soon! & # 39;
Simmons' manager, Michael Catalano, said the fitness guru had been hospitalized at an undisclosed location in California.
"After a few days of fighting indigestion and discomfort while we ate, we agreed that the best thing for him was to seek treatment," he said.
Catalono added: "He is already feeling better and is expected to recover completely."
Among Simmons' latest on-screen appearances were guests judging a 2014 episode of ABC's Sing Your Face Off and performing a dramatized version of himself at the ABC General Hospital in 2013.