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What is Merrick Hanna of “America’s Got Talent” doing now?

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In 2017, when he was 12 years old, Merrick Hanna from Encinitas, California, dazzled millions with his spectacular performances in the hit talent competition show “America’s Got Talent,” often called just “AGT”. His talent and passion for freestyle dancing, the flo-bot dance technique in particular, enabled him to become an effective storyteller as he moved the hearts of his audience. After his participation in the reality television series, many wondered what became of him.

Get to know Merrick Hanna as a young child

Merrick William Hanna was born on 22 March 2005, to parents Shawn and Aletha Hanna. As a little boy he was quite shy and didn’t speak until he turned three. His mom said that not only was he not talking, but he also wasn’t making eye contact. Seeing her boy not having any friends on the playground was heartbreaking for her. Merrick shared that things changed when he got his first little toy robots, and thought they were the coolest things ever. He imagined that they were all alive with minds of their own – they became his best friends. Aletha observed that as Merrick and the robots ‘talked back and forth,’ it somehow brought her son out of his shell, and soon after that, he began talking with other kids at school. Merrick claimed to have become robot-obsessed as he mimicked the way they talked, and eventually started dancing like one as well.

People who inspired and influenced Merrick to dance

He wasn’t exactly sure when he began dancing, because he was just goofing around at first before taking it seriously; his best guess would be at eight years old. Upon seeing the hip-hop dance crew JabbaWockeeZ who wore masks and gloves and performed in “America’s Best Dance Crew,” he started copying the way they danced. When it came to popping animation dance moves, he looked up to a lot of people, including Marquese Scott, Poppin John, Boogie Frantick, and Fik-Shun. Aside from animation and popping, he didn’t do other styles of dancing, because he tried them but he simply wasn’t good at them.

For Merrick, practice makes perfect. He uploaded a video onto his YouTube channel of how much progress he’d made in two years from when he was nine years old to 11, which equated to 700 hours of practice. He said that there was really no trick to getting good at it, except to just dance a lot. He credited his 80-year-old grandmother for influencing him in a big way in this regard – apparently, she took four dance classes a week.

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Merrick before “America’s Got Talent” fame

Being shy and all, he said that he didn’t like watching himself on TV. He knew it sounded weird because he was on TV or social media platforms a lot, but it really made him self-conscious. He liked making people happy, and this explained why he loved to perform all the time. With his participation in various dance competitions such as “Lip Sync Battle Shorties”, and on a hip-hop dance theatrical in Culture Shock’s “Nutcracker,” he slowly made a name for himself in the genre.

Competed in “So You Think You Can Dance” (“SYTYCD”)

Someone shared a video of Merrick dancing on YouTube, and it caught the attention of the people from “SYTYCD,” a dance competition show on the Fox network. He passed the audition for the 13th season, premiered on 30 May 2016. Unlike the previous seasons, it put the focus on young competitors between the ages of eight to 13, so it was called “The Next Generation.” The panel of judges was Jason Derulo, Paula Abdul, and the show’s co-creator Nigel Lythgoe, and they all gave Merrick a standing ovation. He started slowly, and for a moment, the judges thought he was no good, then shocked everyone when he suddenly began hitting hard and impressed them with the fluidity of his robotic movements. He was given a ticket to the Dance Academy, but didn’t make it to the Top 10 finalists.

Guest appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”

Merrick shared that being on the show was better than he thought it would be. He was initially stressed out because he was worried about having to answer questions that the host would ask. He talked about participating in dance battles, and that his favorite part was how his rivals, mostly grown-ups, must have thought that they could easily beat a young kid and would be surprised at how good Merrick was. The experience of being in the show was actually so much fun for him, with Ellen being hilarious as usual. He said that she was constantly making him laugh, and gave him a whole bunch of toy robots as a present; Merrick was only 10 at that time.

Merrick’s journey in “America’s Got Talent”

NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” is a competition show created by Simon Cowell, to give opportunities to amateur or unknown performers of all ages to take center stage and showcase their talents. Season 12, of which Merrick Hanna was a part, premiered on 30 May 2017, and the judges were the creator of the show, Simon Cowell; Canadian TV personality Howie Mandel; English singer-songwriter Mel B from the defunct girl group Spice Girls from the ‘90s; and American and German model, Heidi Klum. Here’s how it went:

He auditioned three times

Many of his fans were surprised to learn that he auditioned to be on “AGT” three times, and this wasn’t because he wanted badly to be in it. His first audition was for season 10 of the show when he was nine, and had just starting to dance. At that time, he wasn’t good at it, but the experience was quite memorable for him because he met amazing dancers, singers and magicians. He came back for season 11 but didn’t make it – he said that it was a huge surprise for him when he eventually got into the show.

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His successful “AGT” audition – Merrick captivated with “I Built A Friend”

It was nerve-wracking to be performing on stage, knowing that millions of people were watching. What helped him were the bright lights on his face as it meant that he couldn’t see the audience, but just the four judges in front of him. Avid viewers of the show had seen their share of incredible dance performances, so judge Mel B had to ask Merrick what made him different from everybody else. He described his dancing as an impersonation of a robot that was ‘broken and floppy.’ True enough, his style was quite unique as it combined popping or robotic movements with graceful and fluid ones. It was called the “flo-bot” dance technique, and it was popular on TikTok and other social media platforms.

His performance of the song “I Built A Friend” by the American singer-songwriter Alec Benjamin made the audience emotional along with the judges. Simon, who was known particularly for being blunt, dgave him a standing ovation and said, ‘This to me, honestly, was one of the best dance performances I’ve ever seen on the show.’ For him, Merrick was someone he would put in a pop video in a heartbeat, because the way the boy interpreted the song was so clever and remarkable. Howie was of the same opinion, saying that Merrick was so ‘en pointe’ in telling the story of the song that it made him teary-eyed. He said that it surprised him because it was ‘just a dance,’ and that showed how amazing Merrick was. All Merrick could do was jump for joy as he listened to the praise coming from the judges, especially when all of them voted yes to getting him into the next round of the competition.

Delivered with “Something Wild”

For the Judge Cuts, Merrick performed “Something Wild,” a song having a happy and energetic vibe from the 2016 fantasy-adventure film, “Pete’s Dragon.” He admitted to being a bit nervous, but excited as well for that round. Simon along with Mel B. and the audience gave Merrick a standing ovation. He said that although the song choice during the audition was much better than the one Merrick just performed, the way he told the story with robotic dance made it ‘different, relevant, and cool.’ Howie complimented Merrick on his facial expression and body movement. For this segment, only seven out of 20 acts that performed would advance to the next round. It was a tough day for the judges as everyone was so good. Fortunately, Merrick got enough votes to get to the Live Shows.

Mesmerized with “Lost Boys”

His performance of a cover song of “Lost Boys,” originally sung by Canadian singer Ruth B., for the quarterfinals again brought the audience to their feet. Howie found him to be very original and ‘a great entertaining act for the whole family.’ Mel B said that she was constantly in awe of him, as he delivered a brilliant performance from start to finish. Heidi felt that Merrick had something unique to offer that made his interpretation of a song resonate with people. Simon continued to appreciate Merrick’s talent for storytelling using his body. The act was the best he had seen so far that night, which said a lot considering that he’d seen all sorts of good performances in the show over the years. He advanced to the next stage.

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Left a lasting impression with “iRobot”

Merrick could command the stage all on his own. With his interpretation of “iRobot” by American singer-songwriter Jon Bellion, he enthralled the audience. At one point in his performance, he soared high in the air and danced; he said that the high-wire act was a first for him, and it felt incredible. Heidi said that Merrick had come a long way in his journey in “AGT”, and it was well deserved as he raised the bar each time he performed. Simon admitted to being a fan of Merrick since the start, and hoped to see him in the last round as he knew the young boy still had so much more to offer. After hearing Merrick’s story of being unable to communicate when he was a toddler, and seeing how good he was on stage now in expressing the emotions or meaning of a song with his dancing, Howie couldn’t help but be amazed.

Unfortunately, Merrick didn’t get enough votes, and so failed to make it to the finals. He thanked everyone for their support, and shared how being part of the show changed his life in a big way. He had become so much better in his craft and made many friends. Perhaps Simon was right when he said in a previous episode that the American audience had so far overlooked how talented and original this young boy was. Nevertheless, when fans talked about season 12 of “AGT,” they never failed to mention ‘the dancing robot boy’ as his performances were memorable.

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What happened to Merrick after his “AGT” stint?

Even if he didn’t win in “AGT”, and take home the prize money of $1 million, his popularity reached new heights.

“Dance Squad” host

He was the presenter for the “Dance Squad,” which aired on the Fox Family Entertainment YouTube Channel from December 2018 to November 2019. For 50 episodes, the show delighted viewers with performances from various dance groups, that took inspiration from hit movies such as “The Sound of Music,” “Night at The Museum,” “Ice Age,” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.” Merrick challenged each group to learn some of the fun and coolest moves he just showed them and then create an entire piece or choreography around it. For the pilot episode, they took the ‘dancespiration’ from “Home Alone.”

Interestingly, when Merrick was 10, he played the role of Kevin McCallister in a dance tribute for the 25th anniversary of the modern holiday classic in 2015. He had a dance battle with Poppin John and Madd Chadd who played the incompetent burglars Harry and Marv, respectively. They did a lot of body popping and robotic movements to “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” remixed version. Toward the end of the video, Merrick did the iconic scene in the movie of using an aftershave for the first time, and screaming in pain.

Goth Boy in “Mani”

Brat TV’s comedy series “Mani,” was about a non-stereotypical nanny named Mani (Lawrence Wayne Curry), who was hired to look after a young girl named Sky. Merrick auditioned for the role of Goth Boy Edward and passed. He joined the cast in episode two of season four, which aired in June 2019. He found it really enjoyable to play his character because of how different it was from how he was in real life. He appeared in 26 episodes with the last in season seven aired in December 2022. There was no announcement if it would be renewed, or had been canceled.

Not many knew that Merrick began acting in theatre for Shakespeare’s “A Winter’s Tale” and “Much Ado About Nothing.” For someone who was naturally introverted, it helped him a lot in terms of performing in front of a huge crowd. His most recent acting projects included “Alienated” (2021), “A Genie’s Tail” (2022), and Brat TV’s “Attaway General” for eight episodes in 2021 and ‘22.

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Content creator

His “AGT” stint jumpstarted his career not only as a dancer, but also as a content creator, which he said was a dream come true for him. He was on various social media platforms before, but because of his exposure in the hit show, his followers grew at a crazy pace. Currently, his YouTube Channel, Merrick Hanna, which he launched in August 2015, has over 8.5 million subscribers, and his videos have close to seven billion views. His TikTok account has more than 30 million followers, with nearly 600 million likes of his clips, and his Instagram over three million followers. So far, his content is filled with dancing and a lot of visual effects. He said that he tried doing a vlog with ‘real’ or ‘normal’ content, but it wasn’t his style. He liked writing, scripting, editing and filming his own content.

Merrick interacted with fans from time to time, as he would go live on Instagram to answer questions. He had no serious issues to address, but just wanted to say ‘hello’, have fun, and keep his followers updated. He was asked back in January 2022 if he had plans to go back to “AGT” but said ‘no’. The reason he gave was that he found it very tiring, and especially hard on his family. He had done a lot of reality shows, and although it was a very fun experience, he felt it was time to move on from that genre. Merrick said that he enjoyed doing videos on his own, and planned to stick to that. A fan also asked if he was gay and he said no, but that he was an ally of the LGBTQ community.

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In 2018, he was asked how he envisioned himself in the next five years, he said that he didn’t have anything specific in mind on what he wanted to do or where he wanted to be, because he was someone who did whatever was making him happy in that moment. In 2023, he’s still doing what he loves best – dancing and creating content.

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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