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Bizarre NY Daily News story on Richard Simmons

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Steak Snabler, Mar 12, 2016.

  1. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

  2. jr/shotglass

    jr/shotglass Well-Known Member

    Read it on Longform.

    I think the housekeeper did it. With hallucinogens. In the bedroom.

    And the image kept creeping into my head as I read this ...

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  3. BYH 2: Electric Boogaloo

    BYH 2: Electric Boogaloo Well-Known Member

  4. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Well-Known Member

    I would hardly call that riveting. Marginal piece, at best. Hardly worth the time it took to read.
  5. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    No one called it riveting. ... except you to say that it wasn't.

    The story itself is interesting. Once upon a time, a Richard Simmons appearance somewhere was decent trainwreck radio or TV. Howard Stern and David Letterman got it.

    I hadn't thought about him in a while. And I had no clue he had disappeared from the public eye, so the story was interesting to me.

    That only makes for a better story if the reporter can solve the mystery of what is going on. And it is clear that Martino got stonewalled in his attempts. So he went with what he had. He maybe fluffed it slightly too much with some extraneous details. But it didn't kill the effort for me.

    The masseuse who saw a meal ticket sounded like a piece of work.
  6. BYH 2: Electric Boogaloo

    BYH 2: Electric Boogaloo Well-Known Member

    Sorry. Please inquire at the front desk about a refund of your time.
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  7. wicked

    wicked Well-Known Member

    Yeah, that guy was a train wreck. I loved Richard's appearances on Stern. IIRC, there's a story in Stern's first book about Simmons saying he'd rather have relations with a woman than go on Scott Shannon's show. The way Stern described the ensuing meltdown was hilarious.
  8. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Simmons was always great on Letterman, too. Like Dolly Parton, pre-candidate Donald Trump and a few others, he was a self parody who was also in on the joke.
  9. Monday Morning Sportswriter

    Monday Morning Sportswriter Well-Known Member

    I was shocked to not see Simmons somewhere during Letterman's last year. That's how bad his condition or situation was.
  10. Simons has issues, no doubt. Probably crippling drepsssion.
    The idea some guy who knew him for 13 months was part of inner circle is a joke. And a house keeper for 30 years is now controlling him? I doubt it.

    How does the writer know the interior of Simmons' houses like the dolls? I assume he's basing his destruction of things from the masseuse's visit?
  11. Flip Wilson

    Flip Wilson Well-Known Member

    Simmons' appearance on Whose Line Is It Anyway was pretty darn funny.
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  12. cjericho

    cjericho Well-Known Member

    He really wasn't decent trainwreck radio or tv. It was decent trainwreck radio or tv to mock him. Stern mentioned a few months ago that no one had heard from him. He should send out Richard and Sal to find R Simmons. JMHO, but Elegant Elliot was much better trainwreck radio and Stern should have him back.
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