Comedian Jimmy Fallon stopped by the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn on Friday afternoon to hang out with Ford CEO Jim Farley and factory workers building the all-electric F-150 Lightning pickup, the Free Press has learned.
“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” host spent nearly an hour touring the new plant with Farley and plant manager Corey Williams and Fallon Gates, a manufacturing communications specialist, who guides around the site.
“I’m not sure who enjoyed the visit more, the staff at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center or Jimmy Fallon,” said Fallon Gates, who had her own very funny moment introducing herself to the famous guest. “Everyone was all smiles. Jimmy said the trip really blew his mind.”
Jimmy Fallon made a few stops in metro Detroit; this was just one, Ford said.
Factory workers cheered the actor, who appeared on “Saturday Night Live,” as did Chris Farley, the late cousin of Jim Farley.
They flocked to take pictures with the TV host, and many asked the director to take pictures using the employees’ cell phones as soon as they could make it happen.
Factory workers yelled, “We love you,” and Fallon yelled right back.
The TV host, who has spent time on his talk show discussing the infamous “frunk,” stopped by the site to meet workers installing the huge front trunk in the pickup truck.
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On May 21, Fallon tweeted a video of himself singing “Junk in my Frunk.”
On Friday, he showed UAW employees pictures of his older F-150 and talked trucks, trucks, trucks.
Ford confirmed the information to the Free Press about this afternoon’s event.
The cheery meeting between Farley and Fallon comes a week after Ford posted adjusted second-quarter earnings of $3.7 billion, which beat industry expectations. Lightning plays a key role in Ford’s strategy.
In the past, Fallon has joked that his Ford pickup was bigger than the apartment he had when he started on “SNL” in 1998.
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The CEO and talk show host checked out a few products, including the Lightning, Bronco Raptor and Mustang Shelby GT500. And they drove the track together.
Farley tweeted photos from the visit at 19:11 Friday and said: “So happy to host @JimmyFallon at @Ford. Fun day at the track and the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, MI surprising our teams building the #F150Lightning. Thanks Jimmy!”
Fallon tweeted a response to Farley 17 minutes later: “You are so smart, funny and a badass. Most importantly – you treat your staff like family and I was so happy to see it all first hand. Thank you for inviting me … I said yes I would come and hang!!!!”
A crew from WDIV, an NBC affiliate that airs Fallon’s show and “SNL,” was invited to stop by and interview Fallon and Farley on the field.
The story was scheduled to air Friday, Ford said.
Jimmy Fallon may have a special place in his heart for the Motor City.
He agreed to be a guest on the Spotify podcast “Drive,” which Farley hosted this year, celebrating the role cars play in our personal lives. None of them were paid to do the show.
Ford said Friday that Fallon wasn’t paid to stop by, he just did.
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