Richard Simmons is back for the first time in three years

Richard Simmons spoke directly to fans for the first time in three years since he stepped out of the spotlight.

People reported that he has not been in the spotlight since February 2014, but after being hospitalized on Monday, April 17, Simmons is back in the public eye. He even posted a photo of himself on Facebook on Wednesday, April 19.

The photo he shared was accompanied with a touching and uplifting message to his fans.

"Hello to everyone who has shown concern for me and sent their good wishes. You will never know how much it means to me," Simmons shared.

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"Aren't you sick of hearing and reading about me?! LOL," the fitness guru joked. He continued and shared that he is not "'missing'." He simply felt "under the weather" and will be home in a few days.

Simmons also revealed that he hopes others will follow in his footsteps of reaching out to one another.

"I'm sure there are people in your life who love and care for you and would do anything to help you with the challenges you face," he said. "Just knowing you care has already made me feel better. Hope to see you again soon!"

It was signed with love.

We wish Simmons all the best!

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