Richard Simmons's Nickname Is "Dickie Jukebox"
Fitness guru Richard Simmons and I once sang "He Touched Me" together in his trailer before he got nervous, and that was pretty much the end of the interview.
But I have to say I liked him a lot!
And now, he's revealed to menshealth.com what people affectionately call him:
Explains Simmons: "I own thousands and thousands and thousands of songs."
Like "He Touched Me."
Other revelations from the Q&A:
Simmons on crying every time he does Howard Stern's show:
"I'm not going to lie to you. I use at least a half box of Kleenex when I talk to Howard. I've known him for so long, and sometimes he asks me things . . . he just hits me for a loop. I can't believe some of the things he asks...I've been doing his show for 22 years. I've always loved him, but he just likes to rile me up. I'm just an emotional kind of person. I sit there and bawl."
Simmons on if he would ever return to Letterman's show:
"I don't know. Maybe one day, when the time and everything is right. Because I do love him...The last time I was on, we went to commercial and I was like, 'I'd love to meet your wife!' He was like, 'You never will.' And then I was like, 'And see your son!' And he was like 'You'll never see him.' And then we come back from the commercial break and he's all friendly with me again. 'Okay, we're back with Richard Simmons.' You think I'm kidding, but I'm not making this up."
Simmons on his doll collection:
"I have a one-of-a-kind collection of dolls. My house is like a museum...But I have at least 400 dolls in my house at all times, and then I switch them out. We all collect something. Your mother could've collected salt and pepper shakers. It's fun when you're younger, but then we get to our 60s and think, 'What am I doing with all this stuff?' "
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