Months after suffering third-degree burns in a fire that erupted while working on one of his antique cars, Jay Leno was injured in a mishap.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal was the first to report that Leno broke several bones in a motorcycle crash last week.
The comedian was speaking by phone with a reporter, telling him that he was “knocked off my motorcycle. So I’ve got a broken collarbone. I’ve got two broken ribs. I’ve got two cracked kneecaps.”
Leno was working on his 1940 Indian motorcycle when he noticed a smell of gas.
“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 told the newspaper. “So, you know, I didn’t see it until it was too late. It just clothesline me and, boom, knocked me off the bike.”
He said he didn’t say anything about the crash that happened on Jan. 17 because of the media coverage he received surrounding his burns.
“You know, after getting burned up, you get that one for free,” Leno said. “After that, you’re Harrison Ford, crashing airplanes. You just want to keep your head down (laughs).”
Ford has had several airplane mishaps: one in 2020 when he had to do a touch-and-go landing after being told to hold his position, another in 2017 when he landed on a taxiway, still another in 2015 when he crashed a World War II-era training plane onto a golf course, in 2000 when his plane was blown from the runway by wind and finally in 1999 when he had to make an emergency landing in a dry riverbed, The New York Times reported.
Leno had been scheduled to return to the Las Vegas Strip in March and said that he was OK and was scheduled to perform this weekend.
The comedian was working on a 1907 White Motor Co. steam-powered car in November when he found the fuel line clogged. He told a friend who he was working with to blow air through the line and gas rained down on his face. The car’s pilot light flickered and caught his face on fire, NBC News reported.
Leno was taken to a local hospital and sent to a burn clinic for treatment. He returned to the stage only weeks after suffering the burns.
News of Leno’s latest injuries came as his reality show “Jay Leno’s Garage” has reportedly been canceled, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show premiered on NBC.com in 2014 and then moved to CNBC the next year. Its cancelation brings Leno’s 30-year run with NBCUniversal to an end. The final season of “Jay Leno’s Garage” aired last fall.
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