VIDEO: Richard Simmons says, 'I'm not kidnapped'

Posted at 12:10 PM, Mar 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-14 12:10:24-04

Richard Simmons is trending on Facebook over the weekend and not in a good way. There are strong fears for the safety and the well-being of the "Sweating to the oldies" stars.

Richard Simmons hasn't been seen in public for more than two years since the 2013 Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.

Friends of his have spoken to the media saying that he's been held against his will. His former assistant says he thinks the fitness icon is being held in his million-dollar mansion by members of his staff.

"I'm not kidnapped I'm just in my house right now," Simmons told Entertainment Tonight on Sunday. "For the past 40 years I have been traveling." He last saw Simmons two years ago just self-published this book, detailing what he thinks is really going on.

Simmons also told Entertainment Tonight: "People who surround me are wonderful people who take great care of me."