Jay Leno is in a burn center after suffering a serious injury to his face, gossip website TMZ has reported. The television host, 72, was in his Los Angeles car garage yesterday (November 13) when one of his cars erupted into flames without warning. Sources told the gossip site that “the flames burned the left side of Jay’s face, but thankfully did not penetrate his eye or his ear.” The former Tonight Show host was taken to the burn ward at Grossman Burn Center.
Leno missed a recent appearance at a financial conference in Las Vegas Sunday night due to a “serious medical emergency,” an email stated. “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. All we know is that he is alive, so our prayers go out to him and his family tonight.”
After retiring from his late-night TV hosting in 2014, Leno’s passion for collecting cars led him to a series called Jay Leno’s Garage, which showcases his journey throughout America as he searches for unique rides and the stories behind them. Leno explores different aspects of automobiles, including the history of iconic brands, testing supercars, checking out the latest innovations, and even offering consumer advice. He also talks with fellow gearheads, including celebrities, to learn about their collections. Leno says cars, to him, are “kinetic artwork” – rather than being stagnant, it is art that is “rolling down the highway.” The show began in 2015 and has seven seasons so far.