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Reclusive LA Fitness Guru Richard Simmons Is Planning a Comeback

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Just like Angelyne and James Goldstein, Richard Simmons is a true Los Angeles local legend. If you've been wondering where the beloved fitness guru and Slimmons Beverly Hills founder has been hiding these days, he's safe and sound at home—not being held captive like past rumors have suggested.

In an exclusive phone chat with Today, Simmons reveals that although he's been out of the spotlight for two years, he's in good health and just wants to "be a little bit of a loaner for a while."

He's also taking care of a knee problem (an expected battle wound from teaching thousands of classes for decades) and is working out regularly in his home gym. "For all the people that are worrying about me, I want to tell them that I love them," Simmons explains to Savannah Guthrie. "You haven't seen the last of me. I'll come back strong."