Jay Leno Reflects on Life After Major Injuries: ‘I’ve Got A Lot To Be Grateful For’
By Movieguide® Contributor
Following a gasoline fire in his garage in Burbank, California, longtime comedian Jay Leno is full of happiness.
Two months after the fire, Leno was involved in a motorcycle accident that caused multiple broken bones. Leno never complained about his circumstance.
He told Fox News Digital, “First of all they’re accidents. If they were deliberate, I would be complaining,” the comedian said jokingly, “Ya, the guy deliberately set me on fire.”
While on the red carpet for the HOT WHEELS: ULTIMATE CHALLENGE premier, Leno told Fox News Digital, “Look, I’ve been extremely lucky in my life, you know, and even though the accidents weren’t fun, I was still pretty lucky. I didn’t lose an eye, I’m not horribly disfigured … well, just regular disfigured.”
“I’ve got a lot to be grateful for,” he added.
Shortly after the first accident, leno suffered third degree burns on his face and hands. In a statement to Fox News Digital Leno stated, “I got some serious burns from a gasoline fire. I am OK. Just need a week or two to get back on my feet.”
Then Leno suffered a motorcycle accident and broke his kneecaps, a collarbone, and two ribs.
Leno stated on the red carpet, “First of all, in Hollywood – it’s only how you look, nobody cares how you feel like,” he laughed. “I mean I still have a broken collar bone, two broken ribs and two cracked knee caps, but I’m getting around.”
Movieguide® recently reported on Leno’s terrifying motorcycle accident:
TV personality Jay Leno revealed that just months after sustaining burns from a garage fire he crashed while riding his motorcycle.
The former late-night host shared that he broke his collarbone, two ribs, and two cracked kneecaps after he “got knocked off” one of his motorcycles.
The accident occurred when he decided to pull over to investigate the scent of leaking gas.
“I turned down a side street and cut through a parking lot, and unbeknownst to me, some guy had a wire strung across the parking lot but with no flag hanging from it,” he explained. “So, you know, I didn’t see it until it was too late. It just clothesline me and, boom, knocked me off the bike. The bike kept going, and you know how that works out.
“But I’m okay!” Leno laughed. “I’m okay, I’m working. I’m working this weekend.”
The incident happened so soon after the garage fire that Leno said he didn’t want to publicly announce what had happened.
“You know, after getting burned up, you get that one for free,” he joked. “After that, you’re Harrison Ford, crashing airplanes. You just want to keep your head down.”
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