Jay Leno Hospitalized With Serious Face Burns After Car Catches Fire

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Jay Leno canceled an appearance on Sunday, November 13, due to a “serious medical emergency,” according to reports and the former Tonight Show host’s representatives.

Leno is currently in a burn center after suffering a serious injury to the face, as reported by TMZ.

The star was in an L.A. garage where he stores his cars on Sunday when one of the vehicles suddenly erupted into flames. Sources told TMZ the flames burned the left side of Leno’s face but did not penetrate his eye or his ear.

He was taken to the burn ward at Grossman Burn Center, where he currently remains.

The 72-year-old was scheduled to appear at a financial conference in Las Vegas but could not make the event, as stated in an email to Forum 2022 attendees from The Financial Brand.

“His family was not able to provide us very many details, but there was a very serious medical emergency that is preventing Jay from traveling,” the email stated. “All we know is that he is alive, so our prayers go out to him and his family tonight.”

There is currently no follow-up response from Leno’s representatives, and no details of his conditions have been released.


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Leno is an avid fan of cars, reportedly owning around 180 cars and 160 motorcycles valued at millions of dollars. His collection includes a $12 million McLaren F1, a 1955 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing Coupe, and a Daimler Ferret Scout armored car, to name a few. The comedian still owns his first car, Buick Roadmaster, which he occasionally still drives. According to reports, he keeps all of his cars in his 122,000-square-foot garage in Burbank, California.

The comedian also starred in a series called Jay Leno’s Garage on CNBC, which is currently in its seventh season. Originally beginning as a web series, the show focuses on the titular funny man doing car and motorcycle reviews on classic cars, supercars like the McLaren P1, restored cars, vintage, and sports cars.