Jay Leno Refuses To Complain Despite Devastating Accidents – ‘I’ve Got A Lot To Be Grateful For’
Jay Leno is saying that he has "a lot to be grateful for" despite suffering various setbacks over the past few months.
The legendary comedian Jay Leno has had a difficult few months that have seen him suffer various horrific accidents, but despite this, he’s refusing to complain.
BREAKING: Jay Leno burned in a car fire, according to reports. pic.twitter.com/wMkONJnApJ
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Leno Refuses To Complain
Back in November, Leno suffered third-degree burns to his face in a gasoline fire at his garage in Burbank, California. Two months later, he was in a motorcycle accident in Las Vegas that left him with various broken bones. When asked why he never complains as he continues his recovery process, however, the 73 year-old former “Tonight Show” host had a very simple answer.
“First of all they’re accidents. If they were deliberate, I would be complaining,” he told Fox News, going on to joke, “Ya, the guy deliberately set me on fire.”
“Look, I’ve been extremely lucky in my life, you know, and even though the accidents weren’t fun, I was still pretty lucky. I didn’t lose an eye, I’m not horribly disfigured … well, just regular disfigured,” he continued. “I’ve got a lot to be grateful for.”
Jay Leno’s first interview since he caught on fire. Very thankful to see he’s doing so well. (Video: NBC) pic.twitter.com/Y7ZAKXz0jm
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) December 14, 2022
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Leno’s Brand New Ear
After his fire, Leno spent ten days staying at the Grossman Burn Center, where he underwent at least two surgeries. One of these procedures involved an entirely new ear being made for him by doctors. When asked how he’s enjoying his new ear, Leno replied, “Oh ya it’s a brand-new ear. When in a fire, ear is just flesh … they kind of made a new one for me.”
Jay Leno reveals that he has a brand new ear following his car fire accident. pic.twitter.com/yPax3q6Jeh
— E! News (@enews) March 31, 2023
Just two months after the fire, Leno was “knocked off” his motorcycle and broke two ribs, his kneecaps and collarbone. While he’s still recovering from these injuries, he hasn’t let them change his positive attitude.
“First of all, in Hollywood – it’s only how you look, nobody cares how you feel like,” he said with a laugh. “I mean I still have a broken collar bone, two broken ribs and two cracked knee caps, but I’m getting around.”
Leno previously recalled how the accident happened, explaining that he was taking a 1940 Indian motorcycle for a test drive.
“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 remembered. “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.”
NEW: Jay Leno has suffered another major accident.
He revealed he broke several bones while riding a motorcycle last week. This comes just 2 months after the comedian suffered third degree burns while working on a vintage car. https://t.co/tMNLyZCNlM pic.twitter.com/6cT5rRpLqL
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) January 27, 2023
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Leno’s Passion For Cars
Leno has long been known for his love of cars, and he owns more than 280 unique vehicles. He also hosts “Jay Leno’s Garage,” which sees him talk to various car enthusiasts about favorite makes and models.
On top of that, Leno is preparing to be a celebrity judge on “Hot Wheels: Ultimate Challenge,” which will feature gear heads transforming cars into real, life-sized versions of the iconic Hot Wheels toys.
“I’m kind of known as a car guy, and I’ve got a YouTube channel and a car show, a line of car products,” he said. “It’s something I like to do. It’s my hobby. We used to do it on ‘The Tonight Show’ all the time, so it seemed like a good fit.”
Get a close up look at the new Ford Bronco Raptor on an all-new episode of Jay Leno's Garage, tomorrow at 10P ET on CNBC. pic.twitter.com/EKMgN09MXU
— Jay Leno's Garage (@LenosGarage) October 18, 2022
Leno has truly been put through the wringer over the past few months, so his positive attitude is nothing short of inspiring. Please join us in saying a prayer for him as he continues his recovery!
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