Jay Leno is reportedly recovering from a motorcycle accident last week that left him with several broken bones just months after he was badly burned in a fire that broke out in his Los Angeles garage.
Talking with him Las Vegas Review MagazineThe comedian and talk show host revealed that he was knocked off his motorcycle on January 17 in an incident that left him with a broken clavicle, two broken ribs and two broken kneecaps.
“But I’m fine!” Leno, 72, reportedly told the outlet. “I’m fine, I’m working. I am working this weekend.
The former “Tonight Show” host said he had been working on an old motorcycle and was testing the vehicle when he noticed the smell of leaking gasoline.
“So I turned down a side street and went through a parking lot, and unknown to me, some guy had a wire hanging out in the parking lot but no flag,” Leno told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “So, you know, I didn’t see it until it was too late. He just cut my clothes off and, boom, he threw me off the bike.”
“The bike just kept going, and you know how that works,” he said.
Representatives for Leno did not immediately respond to a request for comment from NBC News.
The comedian reportedly said he had yet to speak publicly about the motorcycle accident due to the overwhelming coverage of his recovery from burns sustained in November.
Leno suffered severe burns to his hands and chest and third-degree burns to his face after his vintage car burst into flames Nov. 12 in his Los Angeles garage.
In an exclusive interview on NBC’s “TODAY” show, Leno told Hoda Kotb that he had been working on his vintage 1907 White Motor Co. steam car with a friend when he noticed the vehicle’s fuel line was clogged.
Leno said that he had gotten under the vehicle to try to fix it. “And I said, ‘Blow some air through the line,’” he recalled. “Then all of a sudden, boom, my face is full of gas. And then the pilot light went off, and my face caught fire.
“My friend pulled me out and jumped on top of me and put out the fire,” Leno said.
The comedian was taken by ambulance to a hospital and then sent to the Grossman Burn Center in Los Angeles, where he received hyperbaric treatment, an oxygen therapy that “may speed healing of burn wounds,” according to the Grossman Burn Center. website.
Despite the severity of his injuries, Leno returned to stand-up only a few weeks after the incident. And even after suffering more injuries this month, the comedian seems unfazed as he prepares to debut at the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas for a show. invoiced for March 31.