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Husband with 5 wives, 24 children and 2 huge homes – Who is Brady Williams on “My Five Wives”?

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Brady Williams and his unconventionally large family became the talk of the town in early 2014, at which point the first season of TLC’s reality TV series “My Five Wives” premiered to a shocked yet interested audience. It showcased him, his five wives and, unbelievably, their 24 children.

Naturally, the main questions at the time were the same that people have today – ‘Why, and how?’ While it may seem complicated to explain the reasons that anyone could possibly have for that sort of marital arrangement, it’s actually rather simple to anyone familiar with certain other branches of Christianity.

Not like other guys

It’s evident from simply reading the title of any article about Brady Williams that his mind works very differently from what is normal in this day an age. To the annoyance and disgust of a good portion of the series’ viewers, Brady put his lifestyle on full display, with pride in his gait.

He boasted in the many one-on-one moments with the camera crews that he came across the idea on his own, after researching a bit deeper into the religion his father had vehemently followed and adhered to – Mormonism. With that in mind, Brady more often than not takes credit for their entire arrangement coming to fruition, though he also does his best to remain modest.

First and foremost, Paulie

He started out as a regular married man in 1992, with his first wife Paulie. They have since had six children – Maura, Camry, September, Madeline, Joshua and Karlie. Paulie herself is employed, working as a dental assistant and hygienist somewhere around their secret place of residence in Utah.

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Secondly, Robyn

Robyn came into the picture a mere eight-to-nine months after Paulie, subsequently birthing Lauren, Thomas, Hannah, Trey and Dane. Her nuptial arrangement brought art into the household, as she is someone who loves to paint, draw, and create all sorts of DIY items. She often makes gifts for the children and the other wives, surprising them from time to time with genuine affection.

Rosemary, the third

Rosemary stepped in as the third wife in 1996, adding Taylor, Brandon, Kimberly and James to the family down the line. She met Brady through mutual church activities, and was eventually seduced by his idea of what following God should really entail. She held her ground for a while too, as it took Williams a whole three years to get her to (figuratively) walk down the aisle with him.

It also helped his case that Rosemary hailed from a polygamous family herself, and saw his way as the only true way to have offspring, even before they first exchanged words. This one is also an artist, although her passion lies with music. She has had certain difficulties after the births, especially with excess weight. While most of the wives were able to keep the kilograms down post-delivery, this proved to be a big challenge for Rosemary, who is even today not satisfied with her appearance.

Nonie, number four

Nonie joined the reverend polygamous flock two years after Rosemary, taking the Williams surname in 1998. She’s given birth to six children – Taylee, Marissa, Paul, Aiden, Rachel and Addisen Jai. She is somewhat of a germaphobe, although not to an annoying extent. As a result, both of the Williams’ houses are kept squeaky clean, and through no forcing of chores.

She is also somewhat of an anxious presence at times, having worried greatly about the family’s income throughout the series. It’s believed by most fans that she is the most financially responsible out of the six parents, and thus indispensable to their daily livelihood.

As the family garnered great fame around the world through the series’ success, Nonie also took on the job of managing their entire social media presence, creating a Facebook page that showcases the day-to-day of the massive household. She proceeded to take care of the Williams public image long after the series had concluded in late 2014, attracting even more supporters over the years since.

Rhonda, the last

Another two years later, Brady placed the fifth jewel in his family crown, as well as a neat gem on Rhonda Williams’ finger. They have since had Arwen, Lake, Nicholas and Eden. They would’ve actually conceived another, but Rhonda was diagnosed with a certain breast-related health condition that would’ve endangered her if she were to breastfeed again. Hence, the two instead weighed their options with regards to adoption.

Rhonda is herself a medical professional, working as an assistant at a local health facility. She’s an artist as well, but her creative energies are channeled into really, really sweet things – wedding cakes. There’s been no update about her health condition or the discussed adoption as of mid-2023, so it’s safe to assume that she’s feeling okay, but hasn’t yet adopted a child.

They’re not all really married

Some fans who have been paying less attention will be surprised to find out that Brady is technically (and legally) only married to his first wife, with the others declaring themselves as his spiritual partners. The four subsequent ceremonies weren’t officiated by a legal representative who can bind their names together in the eyes of the law, and there’s a good reason for that.

Polygamy has a long and complicated history in the US, particularly within the context of Mormonism, which is the religion from which Brady hails. Despite being illegal in all 50 states, polygamous marriages continue to occur in some communities, and the topic remains highly controversial to this day.

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The practice can be traced back to the early 19th century, when Mormonism was founded by Joseph Smith, who claimed to have received a revelation in which God commanded him to take multiple wives. Smith reportedly had as many as 40 wives, and after his death, Brigham Young, the second president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), continued to promote the practice of polygamy.

Polygamy became a central issue all over the country in the mid-19th century; as the Mormon church continued to grow, so did the number of people practicing polygamy. This drew the attention of the federal government, which viewed the practice as a threat to traditional marriage and family values. In response, the government passed the Morrill Anti-Bigamy Act in 1862, which made it illegal to marry more than one person.

However, this law was difficult to enforce, as entire communities existed in remote areas, or simply hidden from view. As a result, law enforcement agents were unable to locate and prosecute numerous alleged offenders, and polygamy continued to be practiced in many Mormon communities.

In the late 19th century, the issue of polygamy became even more heated, with the federal government beginning to take a more aggressive approach to suppressing the practice, and in 1890, the LDS church officially renounced polygamy. In spite of that, some members of the church continued to practice polygamy in secret, and the government continued their witch hunt. This is the step in the evolution of polygamy that is still happening, even in 2023.

Today its prevalence is evident in fundamentalist Mormon groups, who are also known as orthodox Mormons, and hold the initial story of God’s message to Joseph Smith to be true. These groups often live in isolated communities, and have their own rules and traditions. While the practice remains illegal, law enforcement officials often turn a blind eye to these communities, as they are almost impossible to police and legally pursue.

The controversy surrounding polygamy in the United States has many layers. On one hand, many argue that it’s a violation of traditional family values, and is harmful to women and children. On the other hand, proponents of polygamy argue that it’s a matter of personal freedom and that adults should be allowed to marry whomever they choose.

Anti-polygamy activists cite child neglect and effective infidelity to your wedded, almost always male partner, as the most concerning issues with the practice, stating that offspring from polygamous marriages won’t get equal treatment from their multiple parents, as it will, in theory, only be preferential if they’re the adult’s biological child.

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It’s unnecessary to explain how this could be harmful to a developing toddler, but there isn’t a lot of data to support the claim in the first place. In order for that to exist, studies first need to be conducted on legal polygamous marriages.

The proponents of the practice use this lack of data to support their own claim, which is that there’s nothing wrong with freedom. Also, orthodox Mormons believe that polygamous marriage is the fastest way to earn entrance to heaven. Some fans are pretty sure that more than one of Brady’s wives married him only for that reason, though their relationships radiate genuine affection.

Living their own way

Although Brady and all five wives were raised Mormon, they’ve all stepped away from the religion over the years, even its orthodox branch. They’ve been vocal about why this change was necessary, explaining that they began to identify less and less with Mormonism over time, as it was too restrictive.

They define the family structure as progressive polygamy, completely unrelated to any religion. That said, the six parents do take inspiration from other religious scriptures when teaching their many children, such as Buddhism. While not factually telling the young ones that a man once meditated until he became divine, they try their best to instill Buddhism’s teachings about acceptance, love and understanding.

Brady eventually grew tired of the old promise-of-heaven, threat-of-hell story, and the wives soon followed. They now all identify as religiously independent, practicing teachings from various religions, but not really worshipping a particular deity.

More importantly, and to the surprise of many, Brady and the wives don’t teach their children that polygamy is the way to go, even though all six of them were raised that way, and ended up doing the same thing. The kids are told that they’re in no way obligated to follow in their parents’ footsteps, and that polygamy is simply one of the ways to start a family, not ‘the’ way.

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They were also spotted by the Associated Press, at which point Brady took the opportunity to advocate for the legalization of polygamy, since as he said, it doesn’t really hurt anyone. He was also seen on multiple occasions saying that polygamy should be legal if gay marriages are, but his pleas continue to fall on deaf ears.

Interestingly, and again in spite of public expectations, the women in the family identify as feminists, which is to say that no aspect of their marital arrangement makes them feel inconvenienced in the slightest. The mutual respect that the six parents have for each other was palpable throughout the series’ running, and was exemplified very well in TLC’s video entitled “My Five Wives Super Catchup | My Five Wives.”

It shows the entire family’s numerous days of filming combined, telling a wholesome and somewhat dramatic story that unfolded over their time on camera. While in most reality TV series such montages often build up towards yelling and negative comments behind each other’s backs, this is not the case in “My Five Wives.”

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The only issue that the family really seemed to have was of a monetary nature, with Brady declaring bankruptcy in 2014, listing his houses, five cars and other possessions as assets in the court documents. It’s believed that he saved himself from over $300,000 of debt, and it’s still unknown how it ever got to that amount. Understandably, 24 mouths to feed could indeed be the only reason for their financial troubles, but nothing has been clarified in this regard by any family member. The Facebook page has also remained mum on the topic, with Nonie’s last update being a Mother’s Day post from 2022.

The family is believed to now live in a big new house, somewhere around Salt Lake City. Their location has remained undisclosed even throughout the TV series, as they would otherwise have been promptly arrested, and their children taken to orphanages. The existence of such families and communities is likely to remain a bone of contention for legal authorities.

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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.

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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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