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Autoimmune disease; Lost father in 2020; Raise $100k – How is Brandi Passante doing today?

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Brandi Passante is one of the most recognized faces in the reality television series “Storage Wars.” She’s undergone a series of challenges in her personal life these past few years, that some fans thought would drive her to end her participation in the show. Fans wouldn’t hold it against her if she indeed took some time off to rejuvenate, since it was devastating to deal with problems publicly such as the death of a loved one, domestic abuse, single motherhood, and an autoimmune disease. She bravely faced these misfortunes head-on, while inspiring others to maintain a positive outlook on life, by continuing to set goals and striving to achieve them.

Get to know Brandi Passante before “Storage Wars”

Brandi Leigh Passante was a Texas native, who was born on 16 May 1980, in the most populous county in the US, Harris County, to parents Joe Passante and Cheryl Gibson Begandy; she has two brothers, Alexander and Bruce. In the rare times that she mentioned her upbringing, it was to say that she had a tumultuous childhood. In one podcast guest appearance, she never refuted what the host said about her home – that it was unstable, unpredictable, and erratic at times. Brandi also agreed when the host said that she probably felt that she never stood on solid ground and that she just skated around to get by.

Her family was from a long line of coal-mining hillbillies. However, her father worked on cars, and his specialization was installing windows and windshields. In an interview, it was insinuated that she underwent mother-daughter challenges but never went into details. Fans then surmised that the reason why she didn’t like to talk about it was that she had a not-so-happy childhood, and it was somehow confirmed when she said, ‘I was constantly questioning if I was adopted or something, because I just felt that I never belonged.’ Be that as it may, Brandi had fond memories of her “Papaw,” her grandfather on her mom’s side named Robert Gene Gibson, who passed away in May 2013. He was the star of her first post on her Facebook account.

When Brandi met Jarrod

Aside from very rare photos and stories shared on her social media pages, nobody really knew anything about her until she joined a reality TV show with her boyfriend, Jarrod Schulz. Fans loved to hear how Brandi and Jarrod first met – it was back in 1999 when she started working at a carpet cleaning business, and he was her direct supervisor. Initially, he would jokingly tell everyone that she stalked him after their first meeting, but he confessed later on that he relentlessly pursued her. He knew that she was way out of his league, so he became creative as his friends would remind him to be extra careful and nice in dealing with her. Brandi said that he wore her down as he followed her wherever she went. His persistence won her over, and a few years later, they had two kids, Cameron and Payton.

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What was “Storage Wars” all about?

In the 21st century, reality shows redefined the TV format. People from all walks of life not only in the US but around the globe were hooked on these types of shows; they even dominated social media and streaming platforms. When “Storage Wars” was launched in 2010, the TV industry was shocked that something as banal or trivial as abandoned storage lockers would generate so much interest from viewers. Even some of the A&E executives thought that the idea would never work, but it did – in its first season, it averaged close to 2.5 million viewers weekly, and became one of the most viewed non-scripted shows on the cable channel. Its popularity started the whole storage auction craze on the entire reality TV programming, and has since enjoyed high viewership ratings, now approaching its 15th season this 2023.

“Storage Wars” featured a group of business entrepreneurs who purchased abandoned storage lockers or units by bidding on them during an auction at storage facilities. In most states in the US, a storage unit on which the rent hadn’t been paid for the past three months, the storage facility owners had the right to put it up for auction. Valuables such as artwork, machinery, antiques, and jewelry were reported to have been found in them; it had become a form of treasure hunting, but in storage facilities instead of going to exotic islands.

During the first season, Brandi Passante along with her fiancé Jarrod Schulz was joined by other storage buyers such as Dave Hester, Barry Weiss, Darrell Sheets and Brandon Sheets with resident auctioneers Dan and Laura Dotson.

Her journey with “Storage Wars”

One of the reasons that the reality series industry became a huge hit was mainly due to the interesting and controversial characters who were introduced to the public. In “Storage Wars,” Brandi easily became a fan favorite along with Jarrod, as they were the underdogs in a group of veteran storage auction buyers.

How did Brandi join “Storage Wars”

The producers of “Storage Wars” were on the lookout for people who were buying abandoned storage lockers in California. Brandi said that they were included in the cast mainly by chance – they were attending an auction in a storage facility center, and people from the production crew were filming for the pilot episode of the TV show. They initially talked to Jarrod, but when they saw Brandi, they immediately asked him if she would be interested in appearing on TV. It wasn’t as if the couple ever thought they would be on TV someday, but they agreed, as it could be good for their business, and at the same time bet paid for it. She said, ‘We really didn’t think it would go anywhere, but it became a big deal.’

Brandi Passante’s first appearance in the series

When viewers first saw her, they thought that she was from the stereotypical mold of those gorgeous blondes who were unfairly described as vain, dumb, and immensely superficial, but she wasn’t like that. During the first episode, she was introduced as Jarrod’s wife and business partner, who managed their second-hand thrift store called Now and Then located in Orange, California. Since she was the one who handled the accounting books, she knew if the store was making money out of Jarrod’s auction purchase. One day, he bought a unit with a car in it, but Brandi was still wary about the purchase, since their store still had the dirt bikes that turned out to be broken when he got them from an auction. This time around, he brought some great news, as he had someone appraise the car and said that it was worth around $2400. Brandi was happy that for once Jarrod was right; they were lucky. since he never had a chance to know if the car was running when placing a bid on the abandoned storage locker, for which he later paid $700.

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She started to take a larger role in storage hunting

It didn’t take long before Jarrod took Brandi to the auctions – normally, she would stay in the store while Jarrod hunted for the storage unit, but they decided to change their strategy and have her accompany him, to have another set of eyes and ears. She planned to stay in the background, look around, but make sure that the other buyers didn’t realize if Jarrod was interested in a unit or not, and their plan worked. Brandi kept on bidding during the auction and the others never realized that they had been played because at the end of the bidding process, Jarrod even asked the auctioneer who won the bidding. Some of the veteran buyers said that if they knew that she was Jarrod’s wife, they would have aggressively joined the bidding. Brandi said, ‘I’m not usually a bidder on the units so I think it kind of threw them off’; the other buyers said it wouldn’t happen again. She scored big, as most of the things inside the unit were unopened boxes with brand-new electronic gadgets. They earned $2300 from the unit, for which they paid just $800.

Started in a spin-off series called “Married to the Job”

Brandi and Jarrod became a favorite couple in the original series, and their popularity led the production team to give them a special. It was a test run, and the executives then gave the green light to produce the spin-off series, “Brandi and Jarrod: Married to the Job.” Viewers were curious about how the couple managed two thrift stores in California while raising their two kids at the same time; it was launched in August 2014 and had eight episodes, mostly about how Jarrod proposed to Brandi and their wedding plans, because apparently, they hadn’t officially exchanged wedding vows yet, even if they treated each other as husband and wife. For some reason, it never went past that first season, but they just continued filming for the original series.

Controversies Brandi dealt with while in “Storage Wars”

“Storage Wars” was supposed to be a reality TV series, but it didn’t mean that the stars could talk about their private lives in front of the camera if they wanted to. The cast had certain rules to follow, and the executive producers insisted on this requirement to maintain the stability of the show. Here are some of the controversies that Brandi was embroiled in but were never discussed on the show:

Brandi sued the Internet’s Most Hated Man

In October 2012, the reality TV star filed a lawsuit against Hunter Moore, also known as “Internet’s Most Hated Man” – he published unauthorized pornographic photos of men and women on his site, IsAnyoneUp.com. He claimed that he started it as a form of ‘revenge porn’ for those who had been jilted or wronged in a relationship. Many people submitted photos to him, and Hunter made money out of it. Brandi received many disturbing messages through Twitter such as ‘Love the pics’ and ‘Can’t wait for the video.’ She found out that Hunter posted nude photos, which he claimed were hers but were actually fake. She won the case as the judge ruled in her favor in June 2013 except for the actual damages that she was seeking. Brandi asked for $2.5 million, but the judge only awarded her $750, and payment for attorney fees. The court said that she was unable to provide pieces of evidence for the estimated calculation of damages, but Hunter’s site was shut down after it received a cease and desist order.

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She had plastic surgery as required by the A&E network

Dave Hester once filed a complaint against the producers of “Storage Wars” calling it fake, and that the producers staged most of the scenarios in the show. He also mentioned that the A&E network required Brandi to undergo plastic surgery to enhance her looks, and make her face more pleasing to the audience. Nobody believed it since there were many in the cast who weren’t asked to have a procedure done, but continued to be in the show. A few childhood and teen photos that were posted on her social media looked just like her adult self, so fans assumed that Dave was trying to be controversial and attract attention to his legal complaint.

Brandi and Jarrod quietly split up in 2018

The funny and sometimes spicy banter between Brandi and Jarrod was one of the reasons why fans fell in love with them. It was found out later on that the couple broke up in 2018, but they kept it a secret partly because of the TV show, and mainly for their children. It happened just after filming the 12th season of the show; there were times that some fans thought that the two separated since they were seen with a different person on their social media pages, but since neither officially confirmed it, it was just treated as a rumor. They never addressed it until the premiere of the 13th season. Jarrod said that just because they weren’t together anymore, it didn’t mean that they couldn’t work in the same business.

Her life after the split

Many people were surprised by the shocking revelations that unfolded after Brandi broke-up from her longtime partner. She became a little bit more open about herself, saying that for many years, she was forbidden to have an identity. ‘And so these last couple of years, I’m kind of coming into my own, and figuring out who I am.’

Lost her father in 2020

After the split-up became public, she lost her father, Baldassare Joseph Passante, on 26 October 2020 from lung cancer. Apparently, her father had been sick most of her life, as he suffered from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) for about 35 years. He also had arthritis, osteoporosis, and liver cancer. She paid tribute to her father on her Facebook account, with a photo of her sleeping on his father’s lap when she was still a baby. Brandi recalled that her father never once yelled or got mad at her.

Auto-immune disease

Some fans could sometimes be rudely vulgar on social media. Brandi was called names due to her raspy voice. She addressed it by telling everyone that she had been suffering from an auto-immune disorder, Hashimoto’s Disease., which specifically targeted the thyroid glands, and that made her voice raspy at times.

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Single motherhood

The transition in her life was a little harder than she thought it would be. She said that being a single mother would have been easier if her children were still young kids instead of teens, because they could be rebellious at times. Brandi shared, ‘Teenagers are tough, especially when you’re doing it by yourself.’ However, it seemed that they’ve adjusted pretty well now, based on her Instagram post, which showed her son matriculating from high school. She wrote, ‘So proud, & so fortunate to have these 2 beautiful, kind, & loving souls. I don’t know what I did to deserve them.’

Domestic violence charges

When Brandi and Jarrod revealed publicly that they’d broken up, everyone thought that everything was already resolved between them, since it had happened two years before they announced it. In April 2021, Brandi was out with friends in a bar in California; when Jarrod arrived at the place, the two talked but things got heated and she told him to go home. He refused and was getting physical by pushing her hard twice while yelling at her. Someone in the bar called the police, but when they arrived, he was long gone. However, after a report was filed, he was arrested for misdemeanor domestic violence battery.

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People weren’t surprised anymore to see Brandi offering her services to fund-raising events such as the Women’s Own Worth in Arkansas – the organization helped abused women by empowering them with opportunities. She hosted the event, and raised about $100,000 for its cause. She said, ‘I’ve experienced some things in my life, and it’s a really wonderful cause.’ Brandi was still shy in sharing details of her misfortunes, and some people felt that it was because of her children.

She might have undergone many tragic events in her life, but she’d moved on, and there were rumors about her happily dating a new guy recently, but never sharing his identity.

As the Managing Editor at The Legit, I direct a dynamic team dedicated to creating rich content that profiles the lives and accomplishments of influential figures. My commitment to detail and storytelling drives the production of biographies that truly engage our audience. I manage all aspects of the editorial process, from conducting thorough research to crafting vivid narratives, all while ensuring the accuracy and quality of our work. At The Legit, our goal is to offer our readers comprehensive profiles that provide deep insights into the realms of business, entertainment, and more. Through diligent research and engaging storytelling, we highlight the exceptional journeys and achievements of those who both inspire and intrigue us.

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Car Crash Took the Life of ‘Street Outlaws’ Star Ryan Fellows

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Everyone knows the risks of street racing, yet it’s always sad every time something bad happens on the tracks. Nonetheless, even though “Street Outlaws” cast members and audiences are already used to seeing terrible accidents happen in it, the unfortunate time came with the death of one the show’s stars, Ryan Fellows in 2022.

While the news of Ryan’s passing left every fan of the show heartbroken, there’s still a lot yet to be known about the circumstances surrounding his unfortunate death, the aftermath, and the possible legal consequences that such a loss implies for the show.

So what are all of those? Stay here to learn about the sad death of “Street Outlaws”s Ryan Fellows.

How Did He Die?

While street racing is known to be a dangerous profession, tragedy was somewhat unheard of in “Street Outlaws” until the accident in which Ryan Fellows was killed. It happened on the morning of 8 August 2022, when Ryan and his fellow drivers were filming in Nevada’s Las Vegas Boulevard for the fourth season of the spin-off “Street Outlaws: Fastest In America”, a highly-sought after competition for having $100,000 as the main prize.

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At the time, Ryan was driving a Nissan 240z, but lost control before reaching the finish line, his car reportedly catching fire after rolling over in the air, making it difficult to get Ryan out of the vehicle in time. Ryan died at 41 years of age, survived by his wife Liz and two children.

Discovery’s statement at the time lamented the death of Ryan, and sent condolences to his family for their ‘devastating loss’, as they described it. Meanwhile, Ryan’s family started a funding campaign to cover financial costs associated with his death, eventually collecting close to $25,000 out of their $50,000 goal.

The “Fastest In America” episode in which Ryan’s fatal accident took place was aired on 1 May 2023, but the accident wasn’t shown on screen. Instead, a condolence message in his honor was featured both in the show and on its social media accounts.

Safety Measures & Investigation

The unfortunate death of Ryan Fellows while filming “Street Outlaws” not only caught the attention of fans of the series but also of local authorities and media. According to a report by News 3, the company Pilgrim Studios effectively had permission from the Nevada Department of Transportation to take over the space in which the race took place, but failed to acquire a permit to film at the time.

Given the situation, the events surrounding Ryan’s death became a concern to local authorities and led to an investigation by Clark County officials. While a spokesperson from Nevada’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration told Entertainment Tonight that it could take up to six months to conclude, further details about the focus of the investigation weren’t released at the time.

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That being said, this isn’t the first time that “Street Outlaws” has had issues regarding the permits required to organize and film the show’s races. Back in 2014, a council from Tulsa City in Oklahoma opposed allowing permits for the show, affirming it made the city ‘look bad to promote something illegal’. Nonetheless, Tulsa and other cities around the US continued to be regular filming places for the show.

Lawsuit

Although it’s unclear what the official investigation into Ryan Fellows’ death concluded, the case took an unexpected turn in February 2023, when his family sued Discovery and Lions Gate Entertainment over wrongful death, accusing them of negligence both before and after the accident which took his life.

According to TMZ, Ryan’s surviving family claimed that the road was only 16 feet wide, which is half of the 30 feet width standard in the industry. As well, they claimed that the road’s lack of concrete barrels in its surroundings and other unfitting racing conditions as dangerous, pointing out how all of these were the cause of the loss of control experienced by drivers on the road.

Another of the statements by the family includes that given the many accidents which occurred in the show, Discovery knew about the dangers surrounding “Street Outlaws” races, but refused to act. They also claimed that changing the race tracks’ condition was possible, given how the network had immediately accommodated a standard race track to film the rest of the “Fastest In America” season after Ryan’s death.

The Fellows family asked for damage compensation, but it’s unclear whether the case will move forward, or if an out-of-court settlement could take place.

Who Was Ryan Fellows?

The death of Ryan Fellows greatly impacted viewers of “Street Outlaws”, but the biggest loss was suffered by his family and close ones. As written for the funding campaign started by his family following his death, Ryan was far from being a racer only. Back in his college days, he was a notable player for Chestnut Hill College Basketball Team, treasuring that hobby even after becoming a dedicated business owner, and a loving family man.

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As described, Ryan was ‘admired for tenacity and a relentless drive to overcome the challenges before him’, and was said to love his wife Liz, and children more than anything.

Besides his professional accomplishments and personal life, Ryan was a big fan of speed, and loved racing. While he was featured several times in the show, his most popular appearance was in “Street Outlaws: Memphis”, in which he raced with his bright green twin turbo Lamborghini Huracan against Brian Britt.

Nonetheless, Ryan’s path in the racing scene went beyond “Street Outlaws”. As seen in his social media accounts, Ryan often participated in showdowns and races all around the country, often taking his wife Elizabeth and children with him. He was also a big fan of cars, sharing some bits of his automotive endeavors on his YouTube channel StirFry Racing.

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The Show’s Future

Given how Ryan Fellows’ fatal crash is unprecedented in the history of “Street Outlaws”, it brings out many questions regarding the show’s future, and whether it would have any impact on it.

That being said, there’s still a lot of uncertainty regarding what will result from the lawsuit filed against Discovery by the Fellows family, including whether the production company will take alternative security measures to reduce the possibility of further fatal accidents occurring. Besides the fact that “Fastest In America” was allegedly switched to a professional race track following Ryan’s death, the production of  “Street Outlaws” hasn’t announced any changes regarding that and other shows in the franchise.

So what will happen to “Street Outlaws” in the future? That’s yet to be seen, but the tragedy of Ryan Fellows is a sad reminder of all the dangers that drivers expose themselves to by following their passion.

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How Faye Hadley Went from Harvard Psychologist to All Girls Garage Star

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We all have dreams and aspirations. When we think of success, we often imagine that it’s something that takes years of hard work and perseverance, but what if you could accomplish your goals in just a few short years? That’s exactly what Faye Hadley, star of the hit TV show, “All Girls Garage” did. As a Harvard-educated psychologist, Hadley had absolutely no experience in the automotive industry, but now she’s a self-proclaimed ‘girl with grease under her fingernails’, having followed a path that took her through several twists and turns – within just a few short years, she was able to go from Harvard psychologist to “All Girls Garage” star. How did she do it? Let’s take a look at Faye Hadley’s early life, family, journey, and the methods she used to reach her goals. Stay tuned!

Who is Faye Hadley?

Just a few years ago, she was working as a psychologist, studying how people’s behavior is shaped by their environment. Today, she’s one of the most popular automotive mechanics on TV, so how did Faye go from Harvard psychologist to mechanic maestro? Let’s see!

Her Beginnings

Lafayette ‘Faye’ Lewis was born on 25th September 1986, in San Antonio, Texas, USA. Not much information is available about her parents and family, but some posts on her social media accounts indicate that her biological parents have since divorced—although it’s unclear when this happened. Her father was a professor who obtained his PhD from the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), while her mother, Cindy Copeland, was also a professor; she’s been cited on several occasions as Faye’s biggest supporter. Faye had a relatively normal childhood, but was always passionate about cars, even from a young age. She remembers how her dad used to talk about the inner workings of engines, and even taught her how to change the brakes on his car.  She started working on cars at the age of 15, and became a professional technician at the age of 19, mentioning that she’s a lot of hands-on experience, and has worked on a wide variety of vehicles.

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After her high school matriculation, she attended the prestigious Harvard University in pursuit of a degree in psychology – when she wasn’t studying she was tinkering with her Honda Civic in her garage. She enjoyed everything about modifying and restoring cars — the engineering challenge, the mechanical knowledge needed to complete each project, and the thrill of seeing her creation take shape. She graduated in 2010 with honors, even working as a therapist for a year; although feeling out of place at her new job, she was encouraged to stay. However, when she began working at a Jeep repair shop, Faye felt an instant connection with the work, and became more involved in car mechanics. She relocated across the country to pursue a career as a mechanic, with no formal experience whatsoever.

Turning Passion into Reality

As expected, the move was an uncomfortable one for Faye, as she had to move out of her comfort zone; she persisted nonetheless. On the career switch she said, ‘I love helping people, but as a therapist you just jump into people’s lives, it was too intense for me. I want to help people; with a car, I can just jump in right away— I can change an alternator and make a ‘check-engine’ light go away!’. She started a YouTube channel in which she documented her builds and fixes in hopes of educating fellow women about cars, which in turn made her popular amongst motorists and car enthusiasts alike, and somewhat famous.

When she heard about the offer from “All Girls Garage” and saw an opportunity to pursue her passion for mechanics and cars, she jumped at the chance. This was her chance to prove that women could do what had typically been considered a man’s job. She found it incredibly rewarding to be able to take the skills she’d learned and teach them to others, helping empower other women with their cars and boosting their confidence. Faye was offered an opportunity to join the show as both a host and technical expert, which she accepted immediately, thrilled by the chance to put into practice all that she’d learned over the years in her own garage — while sharing valuable insights with viewers. Thanks to Faye’s enthusiasm and expertise in the show, people around the world have been able to find inspiration for their own projects in her work, making her a hero of sorts!

How She Knew the “All Girls Garage” Opportunity Was Right for Her

It’s rare to go from one extreme to the other—but for Faye Hadley, that kind of radical change was just the right move. She was a successful Harvard psychologist, but at heart knew that she had an aptitude for tinkering and construction that she hadn’t been able to actively pursue. Faye says that she didn’t get where she is today without taking chances, and being willing to work really hard.

Even though changing from academia felt daunting at first, she knew deep down that if she pursued her dream of working on cars, success would follow—it was just a matter of time. So, when she saw an opportunity for the show on the Velocity channel, the decision was clear: it was just what she’d been dreaming of – having a career where she could find reward in working with her hands and pushing her skill set was too good to pass up. With some luck and hard work, everything else fell in place!

Faye had a plan mapped out from day one: take part in a program that would inspire women and young girls to pursue their own paths in engineering and automotive repair. She had seen first-hand how society could be dismissive of these avenues as a viable career choice for women, and wanted to be part of the movement that broke through these prejudices. With her background in psychology combined with her love of auto repair, Faye was primed to make an impact.

How her Harvard education helped her learn automotive knowledge

It’s no secret that Faye had a top-notch education from Harvard—but how does that translate to her current position as an automotive expert in the show?

The answer might surprise you. While Faye didn’t get specific training in cars, all the classes she took in Psychology and Cognitive Science gave her the knowledge and expertise to quickly pick up the details about car parts and repair techniques, some of which she’s picked-up informally anyway. In her own words, ‘I was taking classes like neuroscience and cognitive science, which is really just learning about how people process information and learn things’. Well, her classes paid off as they helped her in the following situations.

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Problem-solving skills

Her problem-solving skills played a large role in her ability to pick up on all the nuances and workings of cars. This gave her the confidence to go into unfamiliar environments—whether that be in a garage or out in the field—and find solutions quickly and efficiently.

Understanding complexities

In psychology and cognitive sciences classes, Faye gained an understanding of complex systems. That knowledge translated into being able to understand why some electrical systems need special diagnostic tools or why some nuts take special wrenches for them to be taken off. When you understand complexity, you can solve complex problems quicker than most people—which is an invaluable asset for any mechanic.

Quick Thinking

Faye’s knowledge from Harvard has served her well, allowing her to become one of the most respected experts on the show, as her education has given her an edge when it comes to being able to diagnose mechanical problems quickly and accurately.

Balancing a Psychology Career With Her Stint as a TV Star

She made it work, by being careful to plan out her schedule, and prioritize her responsibilities. Faye managed this tricky balance by setting clear goals: from the very start of her journey, Faye set specific goals for what she wanted to accomplish each day. This allowed her to stay on track and ensure that both of her hustles were getting the attention they deserved. Staying organized – to juggle two very different jobs, Faye had to stay organized and structured in order to get through each day. She kept a detailed planner that tracked all of her appointments and tasks. Making time for herself: even with a hectic schedule, Faye made sure to carve out some time for self-care and relaxation so she could de-stress and recharge. Faye’s determination certainly paid off.

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What “All Girls Garage” Means to Her

‘It is so amazing to help other women with their car projects, and see how empowered they felt when they finished’ she said. ‘I wanted to bring something positive and contribute in a meaningful way’. The show gave Faye the chance to demonstrate her ability as a mechanic, while also sharing her love of cars with like-minded individuals. She learned something new every day while also providing support and help for those who had similar interests. Faye enjoyed the challenge that came with working on classic cars, but she also loved the collaboration between herself and the other members of the show. Together, they were able to bring some of their ideas to life using creative problem-solving and out-of-the-box thinking. For Faye, being part of the show meant having a platform to support and encourage fellow female mechanics—a passion that she still carries today.

What is she up to now?

These days, it’s hard to miss Faye Hadley’s smiling face on TV. Tune in each week, and you’ll see her tearing engines apart, banging out dents, and performing other auto repairs. In 2019, she appeared in a few episodes of “Best of Top Gear”, before appearing in “Motor MythBusters” in 2021. She’s also a go-to expert when it comes to buying and selling cars. She now uses her platform as a TV star to pay it forward and mentor women who are interested in auto repair—teaching them the basics of working on cars so they can feel empowered to pursue their own automotive dreams. She’s the owner of an ASE-certified repair shop on the outskirts of San Antonio, Texas, where she does general repairs, specializing in Toyota vehicles. The store is named Pistons & Pixiedust, resembling her YouTube channel. When she isn’t filming or in her garage, she enjoys being in her chicken coop, taking care of her many chickens.

Where can you find her?

Faye is an avid vlogger, chronicling her travels and documenting her day-to-day life on her YouTube channel. She’s been known to pick up automotive projects and updates viewers on how things are going— quite entertaining to watch as she fixes up cars in real-time. Faye attends car shows all over the country, inspiring others with her knowledge and connecting with people from all corners of the automotive world. She also offers seminars on women auto mechanics—a great way for ladies to dip their toe into becoming a gearhead too!

Not only does Faye regularly update her Instagram page, but it’s also full of amazing photos from the “All Girls Garage” set. You’ll get an inside look at how the show is filmed, plus photos of just about every high-performance vehicle they work on during the season. She can be found on Instagram, Twitter and on Facebook.

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What is Faye’s net worth?

As of 2023, Faye Hadley’s net worth is estimated by authoritative sources to be a humble $60,000, but is likely a conservative figure. Faye is an automotive technician and instructor who has gained popularity through her work as a co-founder of the Women’s Automotive Association International and as the host of the web series “All Girls Garage” on MotorTrend Network. She has been working in the automotive industry for almost a decade, and she is known for her expertise in performance tuning, engine building, and fabrication. She has also worked as an instructor at the Universal Technical Institute and has taught automotive technology at a community college in California. Given Faye’s success in the industry, it’s likely that she will accumulate a substantial increase in her net worth.

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The transition from a psychologist to a mechanic was anything but easy for Faye, but here she is today—a certified auto mechanic and popular TV star. Taking the biggest leap of faith, Faye Hadley has certainly proved that anything is possible, even turning your back on a career you worked so hard for to pursue something else that you’re passionate about. Not only has Faye found success on TV, on social media, and in her shop, she’s also gone on to work with companies such as Amazon, Coke, and Harley Davidson. We wish her all the best as she continues to grow and help people in her new world.

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About Jay Leno’s Gasoline Fire Accident – What Actually Happened?

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There are many reasons which make Jay Leno one of the most memorable hosts on American TV. Whether it’s his charisma, good sense of humor, or simply his vast knowledge about cars, Jay Leno’s popularity doesn’t come across as a surprise to anyone, and his several decades in the entertainment business are indicative as to how well-liked he is.

That being said, in recent times Jay has gone through one of the hardest times of his life, when he was seriously injured in a fire in his California home, leaving his fans shocked and flabbergasted without knowing what exactly happened to him.

So what did happen to Jay Leno and how has his recovery been so far? And what has been going on with his show and career? Stay here to discover all!

What Happened To Jay Leno?

Although Jay has had his fair share of risky experiences, having his face burnt was a first for him. The incident happened in early November of 2022, when Jay was on his way to fix a clogged fuel line of his red White Steam Car from 1907. What he didn’t expect was that gasoline would fall onto his face at the same time that a sparkle lit under the hood, setting his face on fire in a matter of an instant.

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According to an interview that Jay gave Today in early 2023, he was immediately helped by his friend and fellow mechanic Dave Killackey, who works with him at the garage. After seeing what he describes as a ‘wall of fire’ which went from Jay’s lower to the upper body, Dave was quick to pull him against his chest to stop the flames and called emergency services.

Jay was hospitalized on the same day, as he’d sustained serious burns tn the left side of his face as well as to other parts of his body, though delicate parts such as his eyes and ears were fortunately untouched. According to Page Six, Jay went through at least two surgical procedures, which included a skin transplant on the affected parts of his face.

In the end, Jay recovered well, but it was a frightening incident nonetheless.

Aftermath

While there’s no denying that Jay’s fire accident was a scary one both for him and his fans, he took it the best he could while it happened. As affirmed by Jay during his Today interview in 2023, he went into the hospital to be treated for his most serious burns but much to the chagrin of his doctors, drove home that same night without caring much. His biggest worry right there was Mavis, his wife, given that she had no idea of what his condition was at the time: ‘My wife doesn’t drive anymore, and I didn’t want her stuck and not knowing what was going on. It just seemed like the right thing to do,’ he said.

Besides concern for his wife, Jay had other things to care about, such as giving out cookies to the kids who were also interned at the Grossman Burn Center. At the same time, news of Jay’s accident broke in the media, and artracted the attention of big names such as US President Joe Biden, who personally phoned Jay from Indonesia to ask about his condition.

To show his gratitude to the doctors and nurses at Grossman Burn Center, Jay donated money for the kids at the center, and also gave every nurse who tended to him a four-day trip to the Bahamas.

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Bike Accident

The fire incident was a terrible one, but that wasn’t the end of a series of scary accidents suffered by Jay Leno in recent times. On 17 January 2023, Jay suffered yet another accident when he came off his 1940 Indian motorbike, resulting in a couple of broken bones for him.

As Jay said to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, he’d suspected that his bike was leaking fuel and was on his way to look out for a place to check on it. By the time he entered a nearby parking lot, he didn’t see that a wire had been tensed across the place, knocking him off the motorcycle without giving him time to react. Jay was taken to the hospital for treatment to a broken collarbone and two ribs, on top of having his kneecaps cracked and his face cut.

However, Jay kept his accident a secret for a couple of weeks, knowing that his previous fire accident already had his fans worried enough about his health: ‘You know, after getting burned up, you get that one for free. After that, you’re Harrison Ford, crashing airplanes. You just want to keep your head down,’ he said.

Despite the apparent seriousness of his injuries, Jay went back to work the same week, hosting his comedy live shows in March 2023.

Car Crash

Even though the fire incident and bike crash that Jay Leno suffered in late 2022 and early 2023 were serious, those weren’t the first times in which Jay has had his fans concerned about his well-being.

As it happens, in the 1960s the Hemi Under Glass became famous for being the car which stands up on two wheels, all of it possible due to the fact that the car’s engine is located in the back of the car.

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Always impressed by rare cars, Jay Leno had long wanted to get into the car, and also share stories with its owner Bob Riggle, who Jay proudly describes as his hero. Such a time finally came in 2016, when both men got to drive the Hemi Under Glass but before they could warm it up enough to make it stand up, the car flipped over several times.

All of this was filmed, and aired in an episode of “Jay Leno’s Garage”, but it was an undeniably scary sight to see. Fortunately, neither Jay nor Bob was seriously injured during the accident, but the Hemi Under Glass was smashed on the sides, its glass windows broken and the handles were hanging out of their place. Nonetheless, as admitted by Jay, ‘it doesn’t get more exciting than that’, so the adventure was most likely worth the worry.

Show Cancellation

Regardless of a couple of scary situations faced by Jay in “Jay Leno’s Garage”, it’s been an undeniably fun ride for him while it lasted. However, even the greatest things in life have to end at some point, and unfortunately, the time for “Jay Leno’s Garage” to say goodbye to TV screens came in January 2023.

This decision took fans by surprise, as the show had been highly successful for the seven seasons it aired. Nonetheless, “Jay Leno’s Garage” wasn’t the only one to be cut off from CNBC programming, as the network’s change of schedule also affected some other shows, while also choosing to air reruns of older productions during primetime.

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While it’s unclear if Jay will keep on working with CNBC, new videos of “Jay Leno’s Garage” are still shared on its official YouTube channel. On top of that, these days Jay’s mostly focused on his live comedy shows, and taking care of his health, especially given the string of accidents that he’s had in the past.

All in all, it’s relieving to see that Jay Leno is doing better these days, leaving us nothing else but to wish for him to stay healthy and out of trouble in the future.

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