Simmons divulged that Letterman told him that he would never meet his wife or see his son and that she was shooed off and on stage faster than you can say “Sweatin’ To The Oldies.”
Simmons: I love David. He’s more complicated than any of them, that David. I’ve done his show so many times. You know, I’ve actually never met him?…Even when I would do a remote with him, we’d go in separate cars and he wouldn’t talk to me.
MH: He didn’t want to socialize with you outside of the show?
Simmons: I guess so. Everybody on his show is so kind; it’s like a party fest. And then they take me upstairs and lock me in a room. I’m not kidding!…Anyway, so you do the show with him, and then when they go to commercial they remove you.
Simmons: I don’t know. Maybe one day, when the time and everything is right. Because I do love him.
MH: He clearly adores you. You can see it.
Simmons: No he doesn’t…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.
“Oh, I’ve lost count. But I have at least 400 dolls in my house at all times, and then I switch them out.” So who can you trust? Not a man with that many dolls.
Just because David likes Richard on his show, that does not mean he likes him in his house or at his son’s birthday. I understand that.