Jay Leno, one of the most famous television personalities who hosted NBC’s ‘The Tonight Show’ from 1992 to 2014, has endured some hard time during the last couple of years.
The host of the TV series Jay Leno’s Garage, streaming on Peacock, suffered serious burns which required a hospital stay and two skin graft procedures following a gasoline fire which took place at his Burbank garage.
“I got some serious burns from a gasoline fire. I am ok. Just need a week or two to get back on my feet,” Leno told The Times in a statement after the incident.
Sadly, some time later, he went through another ordeal when he got involved in a motorcycle accident.
He was again taken to the hospital as it had been determined that he broke two kneecaps and two ribs and fractured his collarbone.
Luckily, Leno isn’t someone who gives up easily so despite the severity of his injuries he shared with his fans that was feeling fine and back to work.
When it comes to his job and his passion – he’s a huge classic-car enthusiast known for his extensive car collection which consists of 160 cars and 130 motorcycles – Leno doesn’t plan on slowing down.
Asked if he has any plans of retiring, Leno says it would need something very serious like a stroke to take place that could slow him down, otherwise, he won’t stop working any time soon.
During the Hot Wheels: Ultimate Challenge premiere, the famous host said “That’s when you retire when you have your stroke.”
Shortly after his hospital stay, Leno was quick to return behind the wheel and even visited the sites of his unfortunate collisions.
Reflecting on the car fire incident, Leno spoke of the risks of working on cars.
“When you work with cars, you have a lot of accidents,” stressing that the accident he was involved in was of a bigger size.
“I knew how close I was to the pilot light, and I thought, ‘Uh oh,’” he added and compared the experience to getting the worst possible sunburn.
While at the hospital, he received an outpouring of love and support from his family and his friends.
“John Travolta gave me a big Italian basket,” she said, “Tom Selleck sent me an exquisite bouquet, and Russell Crowe took the time to reach out from Australia.”
Both Leno and his wife Mavis were deeply touched by the gestures because they showed the depth of friendships the couple created over the years.
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