Jay Leno, 72, is recuperating from a motorbike accident that left him with many fractured bones. This happened only a few months after he suffered severe burns in a fire that broke out in his Los Angeles garage.
In an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the comedian and talk show host said that on January 17, he was involved in an accident that knocked him off of his motorbike and left him with many fractured bones, including his collarbone, two split kneecaps, and two broken ribs.
“But I’m OK!” Jay Leno told the site. “I’m OK, I’m working. I’m working this weekend.”
The former host of “The Tonight Show” said that he had been working on an old motorbike and was putting it through its paces when he became aware of the odor of leaking gas coming from the vehicle.
“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,” Leno said. “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,” he said.
According to reports, the comedian said that he had not yet spoken publicly about the motorbike accident because the media attention has been focused on his rehabilitation from the burns he got in November.
On November 12, Leno’s automobile caught fire in his garage in Los Angeles, causing him to suffer major burns to his hands and chest as well as third-degree burns to his face.