Burbank, CA

Months after fire burned 7% of his body, comedian breaks multiple bones in a bike accident; says "I've got a gig Sunday"

Pete Lakeman

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Comedian and former host of the “Tonight Show”, is still laughing after some serious whooping from two accidents. In November 2022, the comedian and car enthusiast, Jay Leno, 72, sustained some significant burns on his face and hands after a fuel line in a car he was working on caught fire. This saw him spend seven weeks in the Grossman Burn Center in Los Angeles.

He had a skin graft on a part of his ear. In a display of humility, when asked how he could still smile after a horrific accident, Leno said that he knew he was fortunate enough to afford great health care. He stated that there were other people in similar accidents who did not have the means to take care of their medical needs.

On January 17, 2023, while riding his motorcycle near Burbank, California, Leno got “clotheslined” getting him knocked to the ground. In an interview, he listed the damage to his body; “I got a broken collarbone, couple of broken ribs, and two cracked kneecaps.” He said that he had not discussed the recent accident due to the previous press coverage of his gasoline fire accident in his garage.

The latest accident happened on a property where he stores his motorcycle and car collection. With about 181 motorcycles and 160 cars, his collection has been valued at around 52 million dollars. He expressed some guilt about getting into another accident so soon. He said, “Grossman gave me a new face, and I’m going to bang this one up and I have to get another," he said. "But luckily, I didn’t have to do that. So I’m okay.”

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