Jay Leno is being treated for burns at a Los Angeles hospital after one of his cars burst into flames in his garage over the weekend and seriously injured the comedian’s face.
Leno told Variety in a statement: “I got some serious burns from a gasoline fire. I am OK. Just need a week or two to get back on my feet.”
The comedian’s agent, Steve Levine, told the Daily Beast: “Thank goodness, Jay is OK.”
The former late-night TV host, an avid car collector, was burned on the left side of his face and hands in a gasoline incident in his car garage this weekend, a Grossman Burn Center spokesperson told CNN. His eye and ear were not severely damaged.
“He is in good humor and is touched by all the inquiries into his condition and well- wishes,” the statement said. “He wants to let everyone know he is doing well and is in ‘the best burn center in the United States’.”
The 72-year-old cancelled plans to attend a Las Vegas financial conference on Sunday after the incident, but details were not shared publicly at the time.
Leno was one of America’s most-watched late-night TV hosts, attracting about 4.8 million viewers to his five-nights-a-week show until he left in 2009 and was replaced by Conan O’Brien.
Since leaving The Tonight Show, Leno began his own CNBC series called Jay Leno’s Garage in 2015 and started hosting the You Bet Your Life revival in 2021. Leno, who reportedly owns more than 180 vehicles, regularly works in his garage in Burbank.