The event has happened when a car reportedly caught fire in his Los Angeles garage. On November 14, Sky News affiliate NBC News quoted Leno in an update on his situation:
“I suffered severe burns from a gasoline fire.” I’ll be back on my feet in a week or two.”
According to reports, Leno suffered “severe burns” to his face and hands. He was scheduled to speak at a financial conference in Las Vegas the next day, but he canceled due to “a major medical problem.” A spokeswoman for the hospital also confirmed that he is in stable condition and is being treated for the burns he suffered. The representative continued:
“He is excited and moved by all the questions and good wishes about his health [and] wants to let everyone know that he is doing well.”
Jay Leno was reported to have been hospitalized on Nov. 13.
Jay Leno suffered significant injuries when one of his cars caught fire in his Los Angeles garage, leaving him with terrible burns on his face. He was immediately sent to the Grossman Burn Center. People first told the story of Leno’s accident, with no details about the facial burns revealed at the time. He was supposed to attend a convention in Vegas on Sunday, but he canceled due to his illness.
According to an email sent to attendees:
“His family couldn’t give us much information, but Jay can’t go due to a serious medical situation.” We only know he is alive so our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family tonight.”
Leno has been outspoken about having high cholesterol in recent years, and when he postponed his participation in the event, several fans assumed he was dealing with a health issue related to his cholesterol. In 2019, he posted a video encouraging his fans to get regular cholesterol checks, stating:
“There are a lot of people like him walking around; they are like ticking time bombs.” You don’t realize you have all this cholesterol until it hits you, you know? It’s similar to how in a car, if even a little bit of dirt gets into the eye of the fighter jet’s needle, there’s a bang and the gas stops coming through. That’s what happens to your heart.”
More about Jay Leno, the comedian host
Jay Leno worked as a stand-up comedian for a few years. He hosted The Tonight Show on NBC for a long time, from 1992 to 2009. In September 2009, Leno launched The Jay Leno Program, a primetime chat show. However, after The Tonight Program’s ratings began to decline with Conan O’Brien as host, he returned to the show in March 2010. He hosted until February 2014. In 2014, Leno was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame. He also hosted series such as Jay Leno’s Garage and You Bet Your Life.