On Friday afternoon, comedian Jimmy Fallon stopped by the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn to hang out with Ford CEO Jim Farley and factory workers who build the all-electric F-150 Lightning pickup truck. , learned the Free Press.
“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” host spent nearly an hour touring the new factory with Farley and plant manager Corey Williams and Fallon Gates, a manufacturing communications specialist who guides tours on square.
“I don’t know who enjoyed the visit more, the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center employees or Jimmy Fallon,” said Fallon Gates, who had his own very funny moment introducing himself to the famous visitor. “Everyone was all smiles. Jimmy said the tour really blew him away.”
Jimmy Fallon made a few stops in the Detroit subway; it was just one, Ford said.
Factory workers cheered on the actor, who starred in “Saturday Night Live,” as did Chris Farley, Jim Farley’s late cousin.
They flocked to have their photos taken with the TV host, and many demanded the CEO take photos using employees’ cellphones as fast as they could.
The factory workers shouted, “We love you,” and Fallon shouted back.
The TV host, who has spent time on his talk show discussing the infamous ‘frunk’, stopped at the site to meet workers installing the huge front trunk into the pickup.
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Fallon tweeted a video of himself singing “Junk in my Frunk” on May 21.
On Friday, he showed UAW employees photos of his old F-150 and talked about trucks, trucks, trucks.
Ford confirmed information provided to the Free Press regarding the afternoon event.
The light-hearted meeting between Farley and Fallon comes a week after Ford posted second-quarter adjusted profit of $3.7 billion, which beat industry expectations. The 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 walked the track together.
Farley tweeted photos from the visit at 7:11 p.m. Friday and said, “So happy to welcome @JimmyFallon to @Ford. Jimmy!”
Fallon tweeted a response to Farley 17 minutes later: “You are so smart, fun and badass. Most importantly, you treat your employees like family and I was so happy to see it all first hand. Thank you for inviting me… I said ya I’d come and hang!!!!”
A crew from WDIV, an NBC affiliate that airs Fallon’s show and “SNL,” was asked to stop by and interview Fallon and Farley at the track.
The story was scheduled to air on 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” hosted by Farley this year which celebrated the role cars play in our personal lives. Neither was paid to do the show.
Ford said Friday Fallon was not paid to pass, he did.
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