The podcast Missing Richard Simmons has caused controversy because it doesn’t respect Richard Simmons’ right to privacy. It is almost redundant since he has publicly proven his safety and health several times over the past few years. Vox's Aja Romano implies that Taberski is blatantly invasive, raising questions about whether he is motivated by publicity. Outrightly voyeuristic, the podcast stirs vicious rumours about witchcraft and a gender transition. Is this an unhealthy trend of Americans invading celebrities’ private lives? A line has been crossed.
Richards Simmons means a lot to many people. The podcast fills a void in the lives of his followers and is an outlet for their admiration and concern for him. Just like he did during his career, this podcast generates important discussion about depression and obesity. It also inspires questions about whether the public has a right to Simmons' bigger-than-life persona. It is timely in that it gives hope, as he did, in an era of American discomfort. In Vulture, Nicholas Quah calls Taberski’s documentation well-intentioned and full of affection.