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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.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.4, 5.2K Ratings

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.

    Out Now: Running from COPS - Headlong Season 3

    Out Now: Running from COPS - Headlong Season 3

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    • 9 min
    Season 3: Running From COPS - Coming April 23

    Season 3: Running From COPS - Coming April 23

    Our story begins with the footage of a routine arrest behind a church in Georgia...

    • 3 min
    Introducing Headlong: Surviving Y2K | November 13

    Introducing Headlong: Surviving Y2K | November 13

    December 31, 1999: As midnight approached, the world braced for disaster. Then, nothing happened.

    • 3 min
    18 Months Later | Missing Richard Simmons

    18 Months Later | Missing Richard Simmons

    Dan Taberski checks back in.

    • 20 min
    6: A Day at the Beach | Missing Richard Simmons

    6: A Day at the Beach | Missing Richard Simmons

    Dan says goodbye to Richard Simmons.

    • 30 min
    5: O Brother, Where Art Thou? | Missing Richard Simmons

    5: O Brother, Where Art Thou? | Missing Richard Simmons

    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.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
5.2K Ratings

5.2K Ratings

Eunuch Mastersons ,

Tonally off

I don’t understand the assertion that RS is somehow invalidating his relationships with fans and followers by suddenly retiring. I appreciate how the creator highlighted how selfless and under-appreciated RS is as a public personality, but I strongly disagree with his insistence that RS owes us an explanation. It’s clear that RS gave so much of himself that he perhaps no longer had anything left to give. How exhausting it must have been to be him. I hope he is now allowing himself to take time for himself. The tone of the episodes toward the end gets weirdly intrusive. That said, i enjoyed the show and had to binge it.

Letztakeastandd ,

Super interesting !!!!

Love the host. He is so interesting and to those of you saying this is violating Richard Simmons privacy, to me he comes off more as a concerned friend who just would like to know why his friend disappeared. You would do the same. I love this podcast though, great job.

Ang Scarecrow ,

Interesting, but so anti-climatic

I don’t regret listening to this, I learned quite a bit about RS, but it wasn’t what I expected 😂

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