- Jay Leno broke his collarbone and two ribs in a motorcycle accident this month.
- In an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Leno said he was knocked off his bike by a wire.
- This is his second recent accident after his face was burnt in a garage fire last year.
Jay Leno has broken his collarbone and two ribs in a motorcycle accident on January 17, just two months after the 72-year-old American TV host was hospitalized after his face was caught in a fire at his Los Angeles garage.
While speaking with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Leno revealed he was in another accident after he was knocked off his motorcycle by a wire.
When asked how he was after the garage fire in November, he told the publication: “That was the first accident. OK? Then just last week, I got knocked off my motorcycle. So I’ve got a broken collarbone. I’ve got two broken ribs. I’ve got two cracked kneecaps.”
He recalled: “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. So, you know, I didn’t see it until it was too late. It just clothesline me and, boom, knocked me off the bike. The bike kept going, and you know how that works out.”
Leno added that he is “OK” after the second accident and is still working.
A representative for Leno didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Leno also told Las Vegas Review-Journal that he didn’t mention this accident beforehand because of the massive amount of coverage he received during the first accident.
“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.”
On November 12, 2022, the former “Tonight Show” host was taken to the Grossman Burn Center in Los Angeles after suffering from serious burns to his hands and chest and third-degree burns to his face.
Leno told NBC’s “TODAY” show that he had been working on his 1907 White Motor Co. steam-powered car with a friend when a fire erupted in his face. He said he had noticed a fuel line was clogged in the car so he tried to “blow some air” into it.
“Then suddenly, boom, I got a face full of gas. And then the pilot light jumped, and my face caught on fire,” Leno said. “My friend pulled me out and jumped on top of me and kind of smothered the fire.”
The news of Leno’s second accident comes out as The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline report that CNBC is planning to cancel his car series “Jay Leno’s Garage,” which has been going on for seven seasons since 2014.
According to both publications, the cancellation is part of a shift at CNBC to focus on business-oriented reality shows and documentaries for its primetime hours such as “Shark Tank” and “Undercover Boss.”