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Headlong: Missing Richard Simmons

Author: Topic / Pineapple Street Media / Dan Taberski

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On February 15, 2014, fitness guru Richard Simmons disappeared. He stopped teaching his regular exercise class at Slimmons, cut off his closest friends, and removed himself from the public eye after decades as one of the most accessible celebrities in the world. Nobody has heard from him - and no one knows why he left. Filmmaker Dan Taberski was a Slimmons regular and a friend of Richard’s. Missing Richard Simmons is Dan’s search for Richard - and the deeper he digs, the stranger it gets. Listen to the podcast The New York Times calls "a cultural phenomenon."

Headlong is Dan Taberski’s documentary podcast that explores the lives of overlooked people, moments and events in our culture. Season 2 is Surviving Y2K. Season 3 is Running From COPS.

12 Episodes
Dan Taberski and the team behind Missing Richard Simmons investigate COPS — the longest running reality show in TV history — and its cultural impact on policing in America. Our story begins with the footage of a routine arrest behind a church in Georgia... Search for Running From COPS and subscribe today!
Search for "Running From COPS" to listen to the new season of Dan Taberski's Headlong anthology series today.
On February 15, 2014, fitness guru Richard Simmons ghosted the world. Three years later, we're going to try to find him.
Missing Richard Simmons starts tomorrow.
On February 15, 2014 Richard Simmons didn’t show up to teach the exercise class he had led for 40 years. He hasn't been seen in public since. Filmmaker Dan Taberski starts investigating the disappearance of his friend.
Dan begins to explore the main theories about Richard’s disappearance. A lot of his friends think Richard may just be sitting in his house. So that's where we go.
The two people closest to Richard at the time of his disappearance hate each other. This episode is about them. Plus, Dan investigates possible claims of a hostage situation and explains what’s up with Richard’s (still very active) social media presence.
We head to New Orleans, Richard’s hometown. From the food to the burlesque to the Southern religiosity, this city shaped young Dickie Simmons into the Richard we all know. It’s also where his brother lives. Dan tries to make contact.
Dan talks to Lenny Simmons, Richard’s brother. Then he looks into some of the stranger, more personal aspects of being a Richard Simmons fan.
Dan says goodbye to Richard Simmons.
Dan Taberski checks back in. And we announce the new season from Dan and the team behind Missing Richard Simmons. It’s called Surviving Y2K. Subscribe to this feed and get it as soon as it drops right here on November 13th.
December 31, 1999: As midnight approached, the world braced for disaster. Then, nothing happened.The new season from the creators of Missing Richard Simmons drops November 13.
Comments (39)

Sara Duffy

So sad, sounds like an Irish goodbye which I can relate to...we just like to disappear.

Jan 13th

mia norris

what a really lovely, genuine, beautiful soul....Richard has made my day

Aug 12th


His maid and manager killed him and split his money. When a cop comes out they have an actor on hand to play him. The officer doesn't know Richard, he just has an idea of who he is from television, he wouldn't be able to tell if its actually him or not.

Aug 3rd

Matthew McCord

Nancy should be a training video on how not to be a hostage negotiator.

May 8th


This has been sitting in my subs forever... I just started playing it today, remembering my teenage Y2K panic!! I'm only on ep 1, but I love it already -it was the same instantaneous love I had for the Richard Simmons podcast! I love the way you Headlong guys tell a story!!

Apr 23rd

The miss

sometimes it's easier to speak to somebody you don't know.

Jan 7th

Anndréa Coburn

Wow.. The woman trying to mediate for the police is terrible. "do exactly what I say... ONLY answer with yes or no... How far away is she?"... Are you kidding me!? Haha she needs a different job..

Dec 20th

JIC Wilton


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JIC Wilton


Dec 19th

Kyle Farizel

up. I m to to get m

Dec 14th

Niall Foy

Did it never occur to anyone to call someone in New Zealand on New year's Eve and ask them how it went? There was no need to nervously await the end as midnight approached.

Dec 13th

Breanna Smith

I'm so grateful I found this podcast, it's humorous and gets you into some unique characters shoes! Season 1 taught me how much kindness can make a difference in people's lives and how many lives Richard Simmons touched. In season 2 characters who on the outside I would usually think were crazy, this podcast helped me get to understand and adore them. I enjoyed both seasons so much. Both were as original of storylines as you can get and I really enjoyed hearing the host's personal stories in the second season! Well done!

Dec 13th

Adam White

soooooooo glad he called out the guy for being a scammer. the same guy who took offense to it being called a "bug" but was calling it a "cancer" in his sales material.

Nov 20th

Christina Coleman

only a few episodes deep but my gut is telling me that Richard is experiencing some kind of medical (and/or mental health) condition that has deteriorated in the last few years. I truly wish him happiness & comfort from *natural* supports - paid supporters do NOT provide the same love/care that we all require in order to be happy.

Oct 15th

Lori Brooks

Thank you. I love that you respected Richard's privacy enough not to discuss his sexual orientation or gender identity. I grew up with Richard Simmons workout videos and my older sister and I used to use the Sweatin' to the Oldies videos. Not only did they have real people working out while they danced to the awesome music but they were great to adjust to your own pace.

Sep 2nd

Michelle Hallett

I think Richard just wants to be left alone. So what if he's a recluse, it's his choice. It's nobody's business what he chooses to do with his life. Good, bad, or indifferent. The podcast was great in that it helped me to understand him a little better, but if I were Richard, I would be so angry. He's made it perfectly clear that he wants nothing to do with anybody except for his close circle. Let him go.

Aug 23rd

allison goodwin


Aug 3rd

bob caygeon

Upvote if you believe that the Mexican housekeeper is, and has been exerting undue influence over Simmons. Not by witchcraft, but by subtle dominence and control over every aspect of his life. The same way destructive cults manipulate people.

Jul 5th

Brenda Kleinjan Coles

listen closer. there was a heart beat in the beach recording.

Jun 12th

Mason Reed

loved it!

May 2nd
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