Jay Leno revealed he suffered third-degree burns and may need skin grafts after a 115-year-old car burst into flames in his famous Los Angeles car garage. The former Tonight Show host was working on his 1907 White Steam Car on Saturday (November 12), fixing a clogged fuel line. He told gossip website TMZ that there was a fuel leak and gasoline sprayed on his face and hands. Almost simultaneously, a spark triggered an explosion, setting the 72-year-old comedian on fire.
Leno told the outlet that his buddy, Dave, quickly smothered the flames, preventing even more severe injuries. The television host was then rushed to the Grossman Burn Center and treated for his burns, where he is expected to remain for 5 to 10 days. Subsequently, Leno has canceled all engagements for the next two weeks.
Yesterday, Leno told the NY Post, “I got some serious burns from a gasoline fire. I am ok. Just need a week or two to get back on my feet.” As we earlier reported, sources told the gossip site that “the flames burned the left side of Jay’s face, but thankfully did not penetrate his eye or his ear.”
After retiring from his late-night TV hosting in 2014, Leno’s passion for collecting cars led him to a series called Jay Leno’s Garage, which showcases his journey throughout America as he searches for unique rides and the stories behind them. Leno explores different aspects of automobiles, including the history of iconic brands, testing supercars, checking out the latest innovations, and even offering consumer advice. He also talks with fellow gearheads, including celebrities, to learn about their collections. Leno says cars, to him, are “kinetic artwork” – rather than being stagnant, it is art that is “rolling down the highway.” The show began in 2015 and has seven seasons so far.