Don’t think we have heard the last of Richard Simmons just yet.
According to US Weekly, the fitness enthusiast recently signed a deal for licensing, merchandising, and endorsement opportunities which lead fans to believe he may be headed back to the spotlight.
License Global magazine reported that the talent management company co-founded by Simmons’ longtime manager Michael Catalano, has rights to represent Simmons and is cooking up plans to release products inspired by him.
“Richard Simmons is a beloved American icon and a proven retail brand,” Dan Levin, a manager at Prominent Brand + Talent told the magazine. “Everything he stands for has been the gold standard in health and wellness. He has paved the way for every subsequent fitness personality in this country, yet none of them have matched the impact of Richard’s indelible imprint on America’s psyche.”
“Prominent is proud to represent Richard Simmons and has plans to launch a global line of thoughtful motivation and inspiration-based products that will achieve the tenets Richard has always espoused: love yourself no matter what you weigh, make time to do good for others and laugh a little,” Levine added.
According to the New York Times, a comeback for Simmons is still a possibility.
When asked if he will return following his three year hiatus from the public eye, Catalano said, “All I can say, at least for now, is it is possible,” Catalano said. “But it is yet to be determined, I would say.”