Comedian Jimmy Fallon stopped by Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn Friday afternoon to hang out with Ford CEO Jim Farley and factory workers building the all-electric F-150 Lightning pickup truck, the Free Press has learned.
“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, the late cousin of Jim Farley.
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 spent time on his talk show discussing the infamous ‘frunk’, has stopped the site to meet workers installing the huge front trunk in the pickup.
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 encounter 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.
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 accepted to be invited on Spotify “Drive” podcast hosted by Farley this year that 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.