Richard Simmons Released From Hospital, Says He Was Dehydrated

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Fitness expert Richard Simmons was hospitalized for “bizarre” behavior on Friday, three months after close friends claimed he was being held hostage in his homes in the Hollywood Hills.

Simmons was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Friday night after someone at his home called 911. He was released on Saturday, telling reporters “I was dehydrated and needed some fluids and now I am feeling great!”

Richard Simmons

In March, Simmons issued a statement that claims he was being held captive by his housekeeper, Teresa Reveles, were untrue and “very hurtful.”

“I just kind of wanted to be a little bit of a loner for a while,” he told the Today show on March 14. “Right now I just sort of want to just take care of me.”

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