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Richard Simmons Reportedly Hospitalized For 'Bizarre Behavior'

Richard Simmons with a school group in April 2010 (Photo by House Committee on Education via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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Fitness celebrity Richard Simmons was reportedly taken to Cedars-Sinai on Saturday after allegedly exhibiting "bizarre behavior." ET reports that the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a call at Simmons' home in the Hollywood Hills at 11:52 p.m.

According to TMZ, Simmons' housekeeper at his home in the Hollywood Hills "became sufficiently alarmed" by his "unusually strange manner" and called 911. When paramedics arrived, they determined he should be taken to the hospital for further evaluation.

Simmons, described as "incoherent" at the time of the 911 call, has since been released, which apparently rules out the possibility that he had a stroke.

Simmons has not been seen in public for two years, prompting rumors that he was being held hostage in his own home. But in March, he shot down those claims, saying that he "just sort of wanted to be a little bit of a loner for a little while," and that his fans shouldn't worry. "You haven't seen the last of me. I'll come back and I'll come back strong," he said.