Okay, okay, okay, I know Richard might drive most people out of their skins, but seriously, I love Richard Simmons. No matter what your opinion is of him, you can't deny the fact that he really is a kind, caring man with a sweet 'fro. A thinning 'fro, but still a 'fro, nonetheless. And I personally like anyone who is willing to burst into song at any time while wearing gym shorts and a swarovski crystal-adorned tank top. Did you know he is 60 years old and doesn't look a day over 45? Did you know he weighed 250 pounds when he was a teenager and took diet pills in elementary school? Did you know he struggled with bulimia and took 30 laxatives a day to lose weight? Look where he came from and where he is today. Super healthy, super wealthy, and doesn't care any longer that he has always felt different from everyone else. He believes in knowing no strangers and being nice to everyone he comes in contact with. He spends a portion of every day calling overweight people who have written to him asking for his help. He tries to uplift them, encourage them. And he'll burst into song for them, too.
Here is a clip of Richard "Slimmons" Simmons on "Whose Line Is It Anyway" that a friend sent me:
Please enjoy! Richard would want you to.