The comedian’s latest accident comes after he sustained second-degree burns in a fire that broke out in the garage of his Los Angeles home in November 2022
Jay Leno is recovering once more!
Only months after suffering second-degree burns in a fire that broke out in the garage of his Los Angeles home, the 72-year-old comedian revealed that he is recovering from a recent motorcycle accident that left him with several broken bones in an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal that was published Thursday.
mentioning his “On January 17, after being “knocked off” his motorcycle, Leno informed the publication, “I’ve got a broken collarbone. My two ribs are broken. I have two broken kneecaps.”
The celebrity, who will be back in Las Vegas in March, said, “But I’m okay! “I’m fine, and I’m at work. This weekend, I have job.”
According to Leno, he was on the road testing a vintage 1940 Indian motorcycle when he noticed the scent of leaking gas and decided to pull over to investigate.
“So 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 to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “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.”
The former Tonight Show host admitted to the publication that he first kept his accident a secret because of the commotion and media attention surrounding his earlier incident in November.
“You get that one for free after getting burned up, he added, before adding in jest: “After that, you’re Harrison Ford, crashing planes.” You simply want to maintain a low profile.”
Leno suffered serious second-degree burns all over his face and upper body back in November while he and his longtime friend Dave Killackey were repairing a clogged fuel line in the undercarriage of a 1907 White Steam Car parked in the TV host’s 140,000 square foot Burbank garage.
Leno was treated at The Grossman Center for burns to his face, neck, chest, hands, and left arm after paramedics responded in just a few minutes.
Over the course of nine days, Leno underwent two skin grafting procedures (using pig intestine and human cadaver skin, respectively) to help regenerate new, healthy skin. He also endured sessions in hyperbaric chambers to help oxygenate tissue. Leno returned to the stage six days after leaving the Center to perform stand-up at the Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, California.
A month after the incident, Leno gave an exclusive interview to PEOPLE where he detailed the trauma, saying, “My face actually did feel like it was on fire. That’d be fair to say, maybe like the worst sunburn you’ve ever had.”
Leno added that while he recovered, he was conscious of the fact that things could have been far worse. He said, “I know how horrible it could have been.” “Though I’m fine. And I’m certain I’ll keep acting foolishly the same way I always have. Just just a little more cautiously!”