Richard Simmons's Nickname Is "Dickie Jukebox"

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Fitness guru Richard Simmons and I once sang "He Touched Me" together in his trailer before he got nervous, and that was pretty much the end of the interview.

But I have to say I liked him a lot!

And now, he's revealed to menshealth.com what people affectionately call him:

Dickie Jukebox!

Explains Simmons: "I own thousands and thousands and thousands of songs."

Like "He Touched Me."


Other revelations from the Q&A:


Simmons on crying every time he does Howard Stern's show:

"I'm not going to lie to you. I use at least a half box of Kleenex when I talk to Howard. I've known him for so long, and sometimes he asks me things . . . he just hits me for a loop. I can't believe some of the things he asks...I've been doing his show for 22 years. I've always loved him, but he just likes to rile me up. I'm just an emotional kind of person. I sit there and bawl."


Simmons on if he would ever return to Letterman's show:

"I don't know. Maybe one day, when the time and everything is right. Because I do love him...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."


Simmons on his doll collection:

"I have a one-of-a-kind collection of dolls. My house is like a museum...But I have at least 400 dolls in my house at all times, and then I switch them out. We all collect something. Your mother could've collected salt and pepper shakers. It's fun when you're younger, but then we get to our 60s and think, 'What am I doing with all this stuff?' "


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19 comments
FrenchQuarter
FrenchQuarter

I live in the French Quarter where Richard was raised. One evening, I was walking behind one of those despised sidewalk-hogging and historically and factually challenged "Haunted History Tours" (35 people x $30 each x 4 tours a night). Anyway, I digress, but as they were walking down St. Louis Street, the tour guide stopped the crowd in front of a non-descript house and said, "Here's the birthplace of one of the scariest, most terrifying person that still haunts America today". Then he added to  the rapt (drunken) crowd, "No, it's not the voo doo queen Marie Laveau...It's the birthplace of  Richard Simmons".  I must admit I did get a chuckle outa this one bit of factually-correct French Quarter history.

Bigloser
Bigloser

No wonder he did "Sweatin' to the Oldies." He was Dickie Jukebox!!

corrective_unconscious
corrective_unconscious

You want to be a gay minstrel act - and there have been some good ones over the years, Pangborn, Lynde - then don't be surprised when you're treated like a gay minstrel act by str8 male interviewers trying to curry favor with overwhelmingly str8, male audiences.

Ick
Ick

Didn't he famously open the door to a trick once and say, "Ooh! I've been a bad little boy. Spank me!"?

Or maybe it was "girl."

Jesse Archer
Jesse Archer

I have a friend who was often paid to "touch him". His big thing is to be treated like a very naughty, naughty little girl! So I guess that would explain his museum-worthy doll collection. 

Snipkins
Snipkins

I bet tapping Dickey's Jukebox is like taking a bite out of a rotten marshmallow.

Litella
Litella

Shouldn't it be "Little Dickey Jukebox"?

ADrew
ADrew

Gotta Love Richard Simmons.

He certainly has TV longevity 

He certainly "hams it up" ....I really don't think anyone could be that CAMP when off stage

Southern Dave
Southern Dave

His mother danced with a life-sized devil doll  in an act called "The Virgin and the Devil" on Bourbon Street.

She was what they called "an intermission act."

The comic Frankie Ray said "Her act could clear a club faster than anyone yelling "Fire!"

Savannah Montgomery
Savannah Montgomery

"You think I'm kidding, but I'm not making this up."

It's semi-delusional for him to of think Letterman as a "friend"...you're in show-biz, doll!

Flossy
Flossy

Pukey Jukebox is more like it.

lateniebump
lateniebump

 thanks for the story and info. funny. i always thought lil richard simmons was from long island.

Loins
Loins

Why dance with a life sized devil doll when she could have danced with little Dickey Jukebox?

Pavenu
Pavenu

Or Dickey Pukebox.

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