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  1. 2004-present

Gay or not?[edit]

To address this clearly for all those who may wish comment (please note this is not a chatroom but a discussion to improve the article only). Per WP:BIO we do not label or insinuate someone is gay even if you "know it". Any references to Simmons sexuality (just like all other bios) need to be backed by reliable sources. If you have a link to a reliable source that discusses the issue consider posting it here so other editors can also verify its use. Any other references to Simmons being strait, married, gay, gay-acting, etc are pretty much useless without a reliable source to back it up. If you just wish to speculate about someone's sexuality Wikipedia is simply not the place. Benjiboi 21:34, 26 November 2007 (UTC)

I think "Simmons is also known for his flamboyancy" may be a euphemism for the above. AuntFlo (talk) 07:11, 5 May 2008 (UTC)

I came to his wikipedia page specifically to find out if he was gay or not after watching a YouTube clip of him on Whose Line is it Anyway, where it was strongly implied, though perhaps only in jest. I wanted to know if he was responding to popular impressions of himself, or being himself, or both. I came here to find the 'truth' of him being gay or not. It's a natural question to ask, given at least the way he chose to portray himself on that show. So it should be a fair question to answer. If we honestly don't know, that's one thing. But ignoring the issue altogether is just politics, which doesn't seem wise to have here. I imagine people who look up Richard Simmons would find his sexuality to be relevant, given all of this. --Bane1998 (talk) 22:57, 23 July 2008 (UTC) is the only source I could seem to find where he is quoted on the issue. Though who knwos how reliable 'bob from accounting' is. If you believe this article, he is not gay, or at least doesn't admit it, but he does recognize how he is seen, and capitalizes on that. Which is noteworthy in and of itself, though I'm not sure I'd like to be the one modifying this article. Maybe if no one else does and I ever remember to come back here. --Bane1998 (talk) 23:03, 23 July 2008 (UTC)

There is no doubt that Richard is flambouyant (which is not a euphamism). Flamouyancy is a personality trait shared by many people (women, and straight and gay men). It doesn't really have anything to do with sexual orientation. Richard has stated that he is not gay, but "might as well be" [1]. Richard is merely a sensitive male, most likely non-sexual, actually. He just loves people in general and has shown no sexual preference for either sex. He has shown more sympathy for overweight women than he has even the "buffest" man. Anyway, what difference does it make? Who cares if he's gay? He's just a good person who cares about his fellow human beings. If there were more people like him, the world would be a MUCH better place.

Shawn Crapo (talk) 02:46, 25 July 2008 (UTC)

Bob From Accounting is a parody news site akin to the Onion. Any quotes are fabricated, so you're even further from an answer!-- (talk) 06:20, 8 December 2008 (UTC)

I've heard from multiple sources that Simmons isn't gay at all, and that in real life he doesn't act camp or effeminate at all. It's all and act. (talk) 18:45, 4 May 2009 (UTC)

There are many different pages about people on Wikipedia without certain (or any) details about their personal life. It's totally appropriate to just leave it out when we don't know. --Angelo (talk · contribs) 01:38, 12 July 2009 (UTC)

The way he acts on TV is the very definition of a gay man (at least according to society). His performance on Whose Line, as noted above, is confirmation that he's aware of his gay image, and enjoys playing into it. Whether or not he's actually gay in real life doesn't matter unless you're planning on having a relationship with him. Mcavic (talk) 03:11, 26 November 2009 (UTC)

this article really should mention whether he is gay or not or at least address the issue. it obviously a huge part of why this person is famous....he is known for his gay-like personality! and since him being a personality has made him notable enough to be mentioned here it is relevant! —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:35, 18 March 2010 (UTC)

It's already discussed: here DP76764 (Talk) 00:58, 19 March 2010 (UTC)

Who cares? Might as well ask whether he wears boxers or briefs. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:32, 28 March 2011 (UTC)

He obviously is wearing briefs. Boxers wouldn't fit under those shorts. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:59, 24 June 2011 (UTC)

talked about his love of barbra streisand — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2602:301:7787:88B0:ADA9:309F:799:E64E (talk) 11:33, 19 July 2015 (UTC)

Zero information about family, personal relationships, etc.[edit]

Is he married? Does he have a girlfriend? A boyfriend?? Does he have brothers or sisters? I don't know the answer to any of these questions, but if you do, this article needs your help. --Hermitage 23:02, 1 July 2007 (UTC)

He has one brother... two years older than him. No sisters. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:49, 23 September 2007 (UTC)
Well of course there's zero information about his personal life. It isbecause he's gay. Of course, in wikipedia, nothing less than a notarized photograph of Simmons in homosexual intercourse will suffice. Ironic, isn't it, that no such evidence is needed to prove somebody is straight, or as the usual wiki illiterate wrote earlier, "strait." Professor Von Pie 00:54, 23 March 2008 (UTC)
^Excellent point. -- (talk) 09:02, 26 March 2009 (UTC)
Umm yeah every wikipedia article states this person is straight, umm no they never say someone is straight lol. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:09, 1 March 2010 (UTC)

Simmons's Birth Year/Age[edit]

The birth year given right now for Richard is 1948, making him 59 years old as of today, October 16, 2007. However, he just went on The Late Show with David Letterman tonight and they talked about how he had just recently turned 60. This would imply that he was actually born in 1947. I would edit it, but the page is currently edit-protected. 06:21, 17 October 2007 (UTC)

He actually said "I'm going to be 60 years old" which doesn't imply necessarily 1947. However, it is odd that Letterman first said, "By the way, Happy Birthday. It's a very significant, kind of a milestone birthday. I've attained it myself and congratulations to you. Tell the folks how old you're going to be." It does seem odd. However, every single Google search lists his birth date as July 12, 1948. I wouldn't change it unless you can confirm differently from a reliable source. SmallRepair 04:01, 19 October 2007 (UTC)


The "controversy" currently on the page seems very very minor, and certainly not worth of being noted in an encyclopedia article. Should it not be removed? 06:01, 2 November 2007 (UTC)

Actually it was even more minor than presented. I've cleaned off the misinformation and pared it down per undue weight. It's worth keeping at the moment until someone does a full article overhaul. Benjiboi 11:17, 2 November 2007 (UTC)
Article still reads like it was written by a publicist. (talk) 02:41, 31 January 2009 (UTC)
Agreed. Its very perky, odd. -- (talk) 09:04, 26 March 2009 (UTC)

The incident at Sky Harbor Airport while funny and true, did not involve anyone who has ever participated in an organized MMA bout of any kind. I have fought in Phoenix for many years as an amateur and professional, and have never heard of anyone by that name. I edited it and even gave a reference in the Sherdog MMA database showing there is nobody by that name who has participated in MMA anywhere. I think it's funny, but don't let someone demean and misrepresent our sport. The guy probably had it coming. Jammer871 (talk) 21:40, 5 January 2008 (UTC)

We have to stick with the ref we have although the sherdog forum is interesting. Benjiboi 09:33, 8 January 2008 (UTC)
Perhaps the only interesting bit of information from the "incident" at Sky Harbor Airport is that Simmons' first name at birth appears to be Milton. Should this be added to this article? (talk) 21:55, 6 April 2008 (UTC)
Anybody care to explain what the hell this is about? -- (talk) 09:04, 26 March 2009 (UTC)

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Dick Simmons[edit]

How do you know Simmons from Red vs. Blue is named after Richard Simmons? There is no proof. For all we know, he could be named after Gene Simmons, or RT could have named him after no one and just gave him the name Simmons. Anonoymus 6:06, 3 February 2008

I've added fact tag to that item, it doesn't seem notable so will probably be deleted soon anyway. Benjiboi 03:24, 4 February 2008 (UTC)

Christopher Farney[edit]

I've been reverted twice by Benjiboi for adding edits (one with a source) that says Farney is a "self-proclaimed cage fighter." Benjiboi, can you explain how this source does not pass WP:RS?, an extensive database on mixed martial arts fighters, also supports the source, in that it has no record of a Chris Farney or Christopher Farney. hateless 04:18, 4 February 2008 (UTC)

Sadly we have to stick with sources, if they say the sky is blue, it's blue until we provide a source that says otherwise. I think wew have to further refine the explanation that he was called ___ but later that is shown not to be true. Benjiboi 07:31, 4 February 2008 (UTC)
OK, I've re-added the ref all showing that this entire "controversy is" pretty negligible, Farlay's standing, by the way is noted as the sources reported. I really don't care, at all, abou t his prominence but if other sources appear I'm happy to help update. Benjiboi 07:45, 4 February 2008 (UTC)

Simmons interview[edit]

I have an interview with Simmons' to add to his page. It is located at:

It is an extensive interview about his new life's work--promoting physical education--which is not covered in depth elsewhere on the page.

I can't add it to the article because 1. it's locked for editing and 2. my organization conducted the interview, which may make it a conflict of interest.

However, if anyone else would like to add it--feel free. (LearningFirst2008 (talk) 15:36, 6 June 2008 (UTC))

catholic reference unrelated?[edit]

"As a self-described devout Catholic, Simmons still personally answers emails and letters, and makes hundreds of phone calls each week to those who seek his help."

This sounds off - what does his dedication to communicating with his fans have to do with his 'self-described' Catholicism? (talk) 21:50, 6 August 2008 (UTC)

fix grammar please[edit]

"Recently, Simmons has begun a push to get physical education incorporated into the No Child Left Behind Act [3]. He reports having met with U.S. Representative George Miller, the chairman of the House education committee, in hope of winning the Democrat's support for a plan to have elementary schools provide 150 minutes of PE each week. Simmons is scheduled to testify before the House Education and Labor Committee on July 24, 2008."

Please change "Democrat's" to "Democrats'" —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:57, 11 August 2008 (UTC)

  • There is no need to change the grammar on this. The blurb is referring to Rep. Miller, not the Democratic Caucus. Therefore, it is "the Democrat's". If Simmons was trying to get the caucus onboard, it would be "the Democrats".Shrekums (talk) 21:54, 12 October 2008 (UTC)


In The reference to the Bob Rivers Presents More Twisted Christmas Album, it says it is unclear if it is Richard Simmons or an impersonator. I actually have the album and it credits "Richard Simmons as himself." —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:59, 10 December 2008 (UTC)

WP:FOOD Tagging[edit]

This article talk page was automatically added with {{WikiProject Food and drink}} banner as it falls under Category:Restaurants or one of its subcategories. If you find this addition an error, Kindly undo the changes and update the inappropriate categories if needed. You can find the related request for tagging here -- TinucherianBot (talk) 10:57, 2 July 2008 (UTC)

I have removed this tagging - not quite sure why it was done in the first place. If someone wishes to re-add the Food and Drink tag, drop me a line on my talk page to explain why - i simply don't understand any reason for the tag to be placed (Mr. Simmons is neither food nor drink) -TinGrin 03:24, 22 November 2008 (UTC)

Flamboyant? Not in real life![edit]

The article says: "Simmons is also known for his flamboyancy". That's not exactly right. In real life Simmons is not flamboyant at all. Simmons started using flamboyancy as part of his media image at the time when he organized his first gyms and aerobics classes for fat women. Many of those women had an extremely low self-esteem and considered themselves ugly and ridiculous. For that reason, many of them felt self-conscious about exercising in public, especially in front of him because at that time he looked fit and good-looking in comparison. To solve this problem, Simmons came up with an original idea: To look more unattractive and ridiculous than any member of his exercise classes. After that it became much easier for him to motivate fat women to exercise in public and to appear in his promotional materials such as videos and TV ads. Fat women felt much more relaxed and self-confident next to a flamboyant clown. In other words, flamboyancy of Richard Simmons has nothing to do with his sexuality but a lot to do with his business acumen and creativity as a businessman. Пипумбрик (talk) 01:57, 3 December 2008 (UTC)

That may be true (and an interesting addition if there's a source) but it's beside the point. Regardless of whether he's naturally flamboyant or he simply acts that way, it's part of what he's known for. ·:· Will Beback ·:· 04:05, 3 December 2008 (UTC)
Пипумбрик... denial ain't a river in Egypt. -- (talk) 09:08, 26 March 2009 (UTC)
Can someone document a source that states these women are actually "fat" as opposed to "big boned, bbw, husky, food-aholics, obese, overweight, pear shaped, or first cousin to a fireplug?" "Fat" carries such a stigma....or so I am told. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:00, 24 March 2009 (UTC)
"Big Boned"? Is this a joke? Are you kidding?? -- (talk) 08:59, 7 April 2009 (UTC)


Just a minor fix, but seeing as how the article is closed to further edits until next year I cannot fix it. The Glenn Beck Program is on Fox not CNN. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Mrpaulshen (talkcontribs) 12:49, 23 May 2010 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done, I fixed it. ~~ GB fan ~~ talk 12:58, 23 May 2010 (UTC)

Glenn Beck was on CNN's HLN before Fox News. The cite is from his HLN show. Reverting. Madlobster (talk) 05:32, 19 October 2010 (UTC)

USING TIME-RELATED STATEMENTS CAUSES POORER QUALITY OF THE ARTICLES. THE EXAMPLES HERE ARE SENTENCES LIKE: Today, Simmons is... It can be avoided if the author(s) would not use the non-relative forms like Today, presently etc. but rather indicated the time of when the event takes place. This is much too common in Wikipedia. Let us try to avoid this. RGwroc (talk) 23:22, 10 January 2011 (UTC)

Fact checking on fitness performance[edit]

It seems to me that an article on a fitness celebrity should include some data on the efficacy (or not) of his fitness routines, his success rates, his business model, number of clients served... whatever. Right now the article could be about Kim Kardashian for all its usefulness.--Tallard (talk) 07:21, 8 March 2015 (UTC)

Michael Hebranko[edit]

taken from wikipedia

Michael Hebranko (May 14, 1953 – July 25, 2013) was One of the heaviest men in the world and suffered from an extreme case of morbid obesity.

After a stay at the St. Luke’s Hospital in New York, he dropped his weight from 411 kg (906 lb) to 90 kg (200 lb) and waist size from 290 cm (110 in) to 91 cm (36 in) in 19 months with the help of the dieting and exercise coach Richard Simmons and was recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records for the highest recorded weight loss in 1990. He lost some of this weight from surgical removal of fat. He then toured the United States lecturing about his experiences and advocating dieting and exercise and appeared in infomercials promoting Richard Simmons.[1] He also appeared on TV talk shows such as The Howard Stern Show and the British chat show Wogan in 1990.

However, over the next seven years, his weight increased to 453 kg (999 lb)[2] and he had to be repeatedly hospitalized to the Brookhaven Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.[1][3] In June 1999, Hebranko was at his peak weight of 499 kg (1,100 lb), before again undergoing a massive weight loss and dropping to 207.5 kg (457 lb).[4] As of March 2012, he resided in Staten Island, New York and weighed 250 kg (550 lb). He died on July 25th, 2013.[5] — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2602:301:7787:88B0:ADA9:309F:799:E64E (talk) 11:18, 19 July 2015 (UTC)

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