Jay Leno is recovering from a motorbike accident final week that left him with a number of damaged bones simply months after he sustained severe burns in a hearth at his Los Angeles-area storage.
The comic and discuss present host on Friday revealed he was “clotheslined,” knocked off his motorbike, and injured with damaged ribs and different accidents in a Jan. 17 crash not removed from the Burbank, California facility that homes his automobile and motorbike assortment.
“I bought a damaged collarbone, couple of damaged ribs, and two cracked kneecaps,” Leno stated in an interview. “However aside from that, I am okay.”
His standup schedule was briefly suspended, and he underwent shoulder surgical procedure following the accident, a spokesperson stated.
The previous “Tonight Present” host, 72, stated he had been engaged on a classic motorbike and was giving it a street check, with its sidecar connected, when he observed the odor of leaking gasoline. He stated he adjusted the carburetor and headed again to the storage.
“So I flip round, I begin to lower by way of a car parking zone,” Leno stated by cellphone. “And there was a wire throughout two poles which was not effectively marked and, growth, I simply bought — it clotheslined me, hit me within the neck and threw me off the bike.”
The comic first instructed his crash story to the Las Vegas Overview-Journal, saying he hadn’t mentioned it earlier because of the overwhelming protection of his restoration from his burns sustained in November.
Leno suffered severe burns to his palms and chest and third-degree burns to his face after a classic automobile in his assortment erupted in flames Nov. 12 in his storage.
Leno’s Burbank storage, adjoining to Hollywood Burbank Airport, is dwelling to his estimated 180 vehicles and 160 bikes, in response to duPont Registry, a market and publication for uncommon and basic auto collectors.
In an unique interview on NBC’s “TODAY” present, Leno instructed Hoda Kotb that he had been engaged on his classic 1907 White Motor Co. steam-powered automobile with a buddy when he observed that the automobile’s gasoline line was clogged.
Leno stated he had gone beneath the automobile to attempt to repair it. “And I stated, ‘Blow some air by way of the road,’” he recalled. “Then all of the sudden, growth, I bought a face stuffed with gasoline. After which the pilot gentle jumped, and my face caught on hearth.
“My buddy pulled me out and jumped on high of me and sort of smothered the hearth,” Leno stated.
The comic was taken by ambulance to a hospital after which despatched to the Grossman Burn Middle in Los Angeles, the place he acquired hyperbaric therapy, an oxygen remedy that “can speed up burn wound therapeutic,” in response to the ability’s web site.
On Friday, Leno stated by way of cellphone, “Simply had a bit accident proper after my different accident. It’s a 72-year-old man driving an 83-year-old motorbike.”
He expressed some guilt about getting injured so quickly after the medical employees at Grossman swiftly helped him get again into standup form.
“Grossman gave me a brand new face, and I’m going to bang this one up and I’ve to get one other,” he stated. “However fortunately, I didn’t have to do this. So I’m okay.”
Leno does not look like slowing down, whilst CNBC stated it basically canceled its primetime lineup, which incorporates “Jay Leno’s Storage,” a present wherein the comic reveals off uncommon automobiles and takes drives with celebrities.
“As CNBC doubles down on its core content material of enterprise information and private finance info, it has prolonged the technique to its primetime programming, and consequently didn’t renew Jay Leno’s Storage,” a CNBC spokesperson stated.
The comedian urged the TV present might be pitched to different networks. His YouTube collection of the identical identify, wherein he’s extra hands-on, reveals progress on restoration initiatives, and highlights new automobile fashions, seems to be unaffected.
“Once they took us on, it was considerably uncommon to have this automobile present in the course of monetary information,” Leno stated. “It was very profitable. However now they’ve determined to go together with straight monetary information throughout the board. So we’ll transfer on to some other place. No arduous emotions or something.”
Regardless of his accidents, Leno stated he’ll proceed doing stand-up, undeterred, as he prepares for a venue debut at Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas for a present billed for March 31.
“I am not lacking something,” Leno stated. “I’ve bought a gig Sunday.”
NBC Information and CNBC are NBCUniversal manufacturers beneath its information division umbrella.