Sunday, July 21, 2024

Richard Simmons Appears in Father’s Day Post as “Bobby Champion” ’70s Dad to Six Girls, Sporting Aviators and Mustache


I don’t know what this is all about but…

Fitness guru and recluse Richard SImmons posted an odd Father’s Day greeting today.

He made himself up to look like an anchorman from the 70s with a big black mustache and poufy black hair. He’s also wearing aviators.

Simmons calls himself Bobby Champion. He writes: “My name is Bobby Champion. I am the proud father of six girls. If you are a father, or you know a father, or you act like a father…. Happy Father’s Day! Love, Bobby”

Simmons never played a character named Bobby Champion. He does not have any children in real life, certainly not six daughters. He didn’t look this way in the 70s.

What does it mean? Simmons made himself into an oddball character a few years ago, dropping out of showbiz and refusing to see anyone. He does post on Twitter, or someone does for him. Is Bobby Champion Richard Simmons in the metaverse? Could be.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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