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Jay Leno hospitalized after suffering ‘serious burns’ from car fire

Nov. 14, 2022 Updated Mon., Nov. 14, 2022 at 9:03 p.m.

Jay Leno in his garage on Sept. 24, 2014, in Burbank, Calif. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Matt McClain  (Matt McClain/The Washington Post)
Jay Leno in his garage on Sept. 24, 2014, in Burbank, Calif. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Matt McClain (Matt McClain/The Washington Post)
By Sonia Rao Washington Post

Comedian Jay Leno suffered “serious burns” after a car fire on Sunday, he confirmed Monday to Variety.

“I got some serious burns from a gasoline fire. I am ok. Just need a week or two to get back on my feet,” he said in a statement.

Leno’s representatives have not yet responded to the Washington Post’s request for comment.

People magazine reported on Sunday that Leno, 72, canceled an appearance at a financial conference in Las Vegas that evening because of a “serious medical emergency.”

The Financial Brand wrote in an email to attendees that Leno’s “family was not able to provide us very many details, but there was a very serious medical emergency that is preventing Jay from traveling.”

“All we know is that he is alive, so our prayers go out to him and his family tonight,” the email continued, according to People.

Following speculation over Leno’s condition, some of it connected to his previous openness about having high cholesterol, TMZ reported that he had been admitted to the Grossman Burn Center in Los Angeles after a fire broke out at his car garage.

Before receiving the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2014, Leno explained to a Post reporter the difference in how he viewed talking about cars and hosting a late-night show: “I like this because it’s more a passion,” he said. “When you’re talking to Batman on ‘The Tonight Show,’ you’re not really talking to Batman.”When you’re talking to an engineer, you’re talking to a real engineer.” At the time, Leno possessed a total of 92 motorcycles and 130 automobiles; a U.S. News & World Report article from earlier this year suggested the latter number now tops 180.

“Jay Leno’s Garage” is still on the air and featured President Biden in its Season 7 finale late last month.

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