Talk show host Jay Leno suffers 'serious' facial burns after freak car fire

Ashley Bautista November 15, 2022
Talk show host Jay Leno suffers 'serious' facial burns after freak car fire
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Former Tonight Show host Jay Leno is currently recovering after a freak car fire erupted in his garage over the weekend. Hours later, he updated his fans to reassure them he was doing “OK”.

On November 14, reports broke Jay Leno was the victim of an incident that took place at his home in Los Angeles when one of his cars caught fire in his garage. Inside his garage, the comedian was working on his beloved cars, when one of them caught fire.

Hours later, Jay released a statement speaking about the incident for the first time. He reassured fans of his well-being and said he would only need a couple of weeks to recover.

Leno left The Tonight Show for good in 2014. A year later, he launched his own television program called Jay Leno’s Garage, where he shows off his rare collection of vintage cars and drives them while talking with other celebrities.

Jay Leno was left with ‘serious’ burns after fire incident

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The beloved car collector was severely burned on the left side of his face, as well as his hands. Thankfully, the unfortunate incident didn’t cause further damage to his eye or ear, TMZ reported.

Leno was transported to LA’s Grossman Burn Center, where they treated his burns, and he is continuing to receive treatment.

In a statement, the 72-year-old told Page Six: “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 cause of the blaze has not yet been revealed, but reports said the incident caused him to miss a scheduled appearance in Las Vegas for the Financial Brand Forum 2022.

GRV Media and The Focus have reached out to Jay Leno’s representatives for comment.

An impressive car collection

Jay is a lover of cars, especially those that not everyone can have. As reported by duPont Registry, the host keeps his collection next to the Burbank airport, and there are an estimated 181 cars and 160 motorcycles.

Although he has a different type of love and admiration for each of his cars and motorcycles, nothing compares to his favorite car, which is a 1972 Mercedes-Benz 600 Kompressor.

Reports also estimate the value of his entire collection is worth between $50 million to $100 million.

The star keeps a close relationship with US President Joe Biden. He has been featured in episodes of his series. Most recently, Joe Biden drove a 1967 Stingray Corvette to test whose Corvette was the fastest in a race with Michael Powell.

Jay Leno’s whopping net worth

As a comedian, writer, actor, producer, and former late-night host, Jay has accumulated an impressive net worth during his almost five-decade career in television.

In 2009, Jay stepped down from his position as host of The Tonight Show for Conan O’Brien. However, the comedian was moved to the 10pm slot with The Jay Leno show, but both programs seeing a dip in ratings, so he returned. However, he then left The Tonight Show for good in 2014. The role was reprised by Jimmy Fallon as his designated successor.

Ever since then, he has been focusing on growing his car collection and showing off his adventures in his series. This is alongside occasional appearances on television and stand-up comedian shows.

As of 2022, Jay has a whopping net worth of $450 million

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Ashley is a journalism graduate from Kingston University, currently writing for HITC, Reality Titbit and The Focus. She loves to travel and learn new languages and cultures. She also has an interest in celebrity news and the entertainment world. When she’s not writing, she’s on social media, watching K-dramas or shopping.