Comedian Jimmy Fallon stopped by Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn on Friday afternoon to hang out with Ford CEO Jim Farley and workers at the factory that builds 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 factory with Farley and plant manager Corey Williams and Fallon Gates, a manufacturing communications specialist who leads site tours.
“I’m not sure who had more fun with the visit, the employees at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center or Jimmy Fallon,” said Fallon Gates, who had his own very funny moment when he introduced himself to the famous visitor. “They were all smiles. Jimmy said the tour really blew him away.”
Jimmy Fallon made several stops in metro Detroit; That was just one, Ford said.
Factory workers applauded the Saturday Night Live actor, as did Chris Farley, late cousin of Jim Farley.
They flocked to take pictures with the TV host and many asked the CEO to take cellphone pictures of employees as quickly as possible.
The factory workers yelled, “We love you,” and Fallon immediately yelled back.
The TV host, who spent some time on his talk show discussing the infamous “frank,” stopped by the site to meet workers installing the huge front trunk of the pickup truck.
Fallon tweeted a video of himself singing “Junk in my Frunk” on May 21.
On Friday, he showed UAW officials pictures of his older F-150 and talked about trucks, trucks, trucks.
Ford confirmed information provided to the Free Press about the afternoon event.
The jolly 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.
Fallon has joked in the past that his Ford pickup truck was bigger than the apartment he had when he started on “SNL” in 1998.
Farley tweeted photos from the visit on Friday at 7:11pm and said: “So happy to be hosting @JimmyFallon at @Ford. Fun day at the track and the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, MI surprising our teams who build the #F150Lightning. Thanks Jimmy!”
Fallon tweeted a response to Farley 17 minutes later: “You are so smart and funny and badass. Most importantly, you treat your employees like family and I was so happy to see all of that first hand. Thank you for inviting me… I told you I’d come and hang out!!!!”
A crew from WDIV-TV (Channel 4), the NBC affiliate that airs Fallon’s show and “SNL,” was invited to stop by and interview Fallon and Farley at the track.
Jimmy Fallon may have a special place in his heart for the Motor City.
He agreed to make a guest appearance on Spotify Drive Podcast hosted by Farley this year marked the role that cars play in our personal lives. Neither was paid to do the show.
Ford said Friday that Fallon wasn’t paid to stop by, he just did.