PEOPLE: Richard Simmons reconnects with fans; At 73, Lauren Hutton goes Calvin Klein; Judd Apatow and more comedians

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Richard Simmons reaches out to fans

After an absence from the spotlight, Richard Simmons is speaking out directly to his fans, saying, "Hope to see you again soon!"

Simmons posted a statement on his Facebook page Wednesday, and his spokesman, Tom Estey, confirmed its authenticity.

The statement marks Simmons' first public comments since calling into TV's "Entertainment Tonight" last year. The 68-year-old fitness guru has been out of the public eye since 2014.

After reportedly being hospitalized Monday for severe indigestion, Simmons sent greetings Wednesday to "everyone who has shown concern for me and sent their good wishes. I'm sure I will be feeling good and back home in a couple of days."



Lauren Hutton in Calvin Klein ad

Calvin Klein has enlisted 73-year-old model and actress Lauren Hutton to star in its latest underwear campaign.

Hutton appears in the campaign wearing an open blouse and a bra. In a video, she relates a lighthearted story about quickly walking across a courtyard to avoid advances from men. She says she finally agreed to join one for a ride in his pickup truck.

The fashion house says Hutton was hand-picked for the campaign by director Sofia Coppola, who is in charge of the promotion.



Judd Apatow topping his own joke

Filmmaker Judd Apatow is putting together a sequel to his best-selling "Sick in the Head," which featured conversations with Mel Brooks, Jerry Seinfeld and other comedians. The new book, "Sicker in the Head," includes Norman Lear, Kevin Hart and Whitney Cummings.

Random House said no release date has been set.

Apatow is known for comedies such as "Knocked Up" and "This Is 40." He is donating author proceeds from his new book to charity.



Today's birthdays: Actor Charles Grodin is 82. Singer Iggy Pop is 70. Actress Patti LuPone is 68. Actor Tony Danza is 66. Actress Andie MacDowell is 59. Guitarist Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies is 58. Singer Glen Hansard is 47. Actor James McAvoy is 38. Actor Terrence J is 35. Actor Frank Dillane is 26. Singer Sydney Sierota of Echosmith is 20.



                                                                       — The Associated Press




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