Reality TV Star & Former Late Night Host Jay Leno Suffers Serious Burns After One of His Cars Bursts Into Flames

Jay Leno— famed late night talk show host and star of shows including Jay Leno’s Garage and You Bet Your Life— was seriously burned on Saturday in a freak accident involving one of his many cars.

TMZ broke the news on Monday that Jay was spending time inside the Burbank, California, garage where he stores his more than 180 high-end, vintage and sports cars, when one of the cars suddenly burst into flames without warning. Jay was reportedly seriously burned on the left side of his face, according to the site, but his eye and ear were spared.

Jay was rushed via ambulance to the Grossman Burn Center in Los Angeles, where he was admitted into the hospital and remains as of press time. 

After TMZ posted about the fire, Jay released a statement via NBC News confirming that he was, indeed, burned.

“I got some serious burns from a gasoline fire,” he said. “I am ok. Just need a week or two to get back on my feet.”

The Grossman Burn Center also released a statement about Jay’s condition.

“Jay wants everyone to know that he is in stable condition and receiving treatment at the Grossman Burn Center for burns that he received to his face and hands from a gasoline [accident] in his garage over the weekend. He is in good humor and is touched by all the inquiries into his condition and well wishes. He wants to let everyone know he is doing well and is in ‘the best burn center in the United States.’”

TMZ reports that Jay has cancelled his upcoming engagements, including a scheduled appearance this past weekend at The Financial Brand conference. According to the conference’s website, Jay was scheduled to do a stand-up comedy performance to open the Las Vegas event on Sunday, but, according to TMZ, the event’s organizers informed attendees that a “very serious medical emergency” prevented Jay from being there. 

After his gig as the host of The Tonight Show ended in 2009, Jay went on to star on Jay Leno’s Garage, a show about his extensive collection of vehicles. In 2021, Jay helped revive You Bet Your Life, co-hosting the classic quiz show with former ‘Tonight Show’ band leader Kevin Eubanks.

On Monday, the show’s official Instagram account wished Jay a speedy recovery.

“As some of you may have heard, Jay has been hospitalized after an accident in one of his LA garages, but you bet your life he’s going to recover from this: ‘I got some serious burns from a gasoline fire. I’m ok just need a week or two to get back on my feet.’ In the meantime please share your well wishes to brighten his spirits…,” the post read.

(Photos: Getty Images; Instagram)

7 Responses

        1. Making lude comments doesn’t make him a bad person. It makes him…well A GUY!!

          I have yet to meet or ESPECIALLY see a guy on TV that doesn’t make comments. Besides, he’s a comedian, his comments aren’t to be taken seriously.

          Honestly, name one STRAIGHT guy that has NEVER uttered the words “Look at that ass” or “look at the rack on that chick”

          And it’s pedophile not paedophile…go back to school and learn to spell

          Wishing bodily harm on a person whether you like them/ their actions or words or not is a terrible thing!!!

          1. It’s “lewd”, not “lude” as you spelled it, and “paedophile” is the UK spelling. So maybe you should go back to school and learn to spell.

      1. When he hosted the Tonight Show he donated his salary to charity. The money he made for himself was by doing stand up on weekends. He owns a house about 30 minutes from me in Rhode Island and he is a sweetheart to everyone he meets. If he sees you broken down on the side of the road he pulls right over to help.I wish him the best.

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