The former late-night talk show host kept her recent accident under wraps after surviving a car fire in November: “You know, after it burns down, you get it for free.”
Maybe Jay Leno shouldn’t leave his garage.
The star of CNBC’s Jay Leno’s Garage , IndieWire can confirm, was recently canceled after seven seasons and revealed to have survived another vehicle accident in mid-January. Leno was hospitalized in November 2022 after a gasoline fire while repairing a vintage car. On January 17, Leno was involved in a motorcycle accident.
“That was the first accident, okay?” Then last week I knocked him off my bike,” Leno said Las Vegas Review Journal. “So my collarbone is broken.” I have two broken ribs. I have two cracked kneecaps.”
He added: “But I’m fine! I’m fine, I’m working. I’m working this weekend.”
Leno was working on a vintage vehicle again, this time road testing a 1940s Indian motorcycle before discovering a gas leak.
“So I turned down a side street, cut through a parking lot, and unbeknownst to me, someone had a wire strung across the parking lot, but no flag was hanging from it,” Leno said. “So, you know, I didn’t see it until it was too late.” Just the clothesline and, boom, off the bike. The bike went on and you know how that works.”
Leno noted that he had kept the accident a secret since media coverage of his November 2022 incident.
“You know, after he gets burned, he gets it for free,” he said. “After that, you’re Harrison Ford, who crashes planes.” You just want to hang your head.”
The comedian and former “Tonight Show” host will headline the Encore Theater in Vegas on March 31, his first Vegas show since the November 2022 incident that left him with second-degree burns.
Leno shared that amid the polarizing political climate, he “took the politics completely out of the plot.”
“When I did ‘The Tonight Show,’ it pissed off people on both sides,” he recalled. “Leno, you and your Democrat friends” or “Leno, you and your Republican friends.” I was proud of myself for not betraying any political beliefs. It was just a joke. These days people get mad if you don’t say how you feel.”
Leno’s long-running CNBC reality series “Jay Leno’s Garage” was officially canceled on Jan. 26, as first announced The Hollywood Reporter. The series began in 2015 and ran for seven seasons, with audiences following Leno as he improved his vintage car collection.
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