Richard Simmons made a statement on Monday denying a report that he was being held against his will at his own home. The story comes after a two-year public absence by Simmons, which naturally concerned his friends since he had always been such a bubbly public personality. The story relied on the account of Mauro Oliveira, Simmons' former masseuse and assistant, who felt that the fitness guru may be under the control of his brother and a long-time maid.

Simmons called into The Today Show and spoke with Savannah Guthrie to deny any claims that he's being held hostage:

Sources: Daily News | Today