On Tuesday, April 18th, Simmons' spokesman, Michael Catalano, issued a statement revealing that Simmons had once again been hospitalized, this time for stomach issues. "Richard Simmons was hospitalized on Monday at an undisclosed location in California. After a few days of battling severe indigestion and discomfort while eating, we agreed it was best for him to seek treatment," Catalano told ABC News. "He's already feeling better and is expected to make a full recovery," he continued.
This surprise statement came out of nowhere, considering there were no reports that Simmons had entered the hospital, but ABC also pointed out that just a few weeks earlier, Catalano had announced that Simmons had recently signed a new deal for "merchandising, endorsements and licensing opportunities." Clearly, this decision to get out ahead of the hospitalization story was the beginning of Richard Simmons taking back control of his own narrative, and echoing his "I'll come back strong" remarks.