Jay Leno has broken his collarbone, two ribs and cracked both kneecaps in a motorbike accident – just two months after suffering devastating burns when a steam engine blew up in his face.
The comedian, 72, was riding a vintage motorcycle in Las Vegas on January 17 when he pulled into a parking lot and was wiped out by a piece of wire that was stretched across the pavement with no sign on it.
His CNBC car show was also canceled this week, adding to a string of bad luck for Leno.
He told the Las Vegas Review-Journal: “Last week I got knocked off my motorcycle. So I have a broken collarbone. I have two broken ribs. I have two cracked kneecaps.
» But I’m fine ! I’m fine, I’m working. I work this weekend.
Leno was seriously injured after crashing a vintage motorbike on January 17, just two months after suffering severe burns when an engine exploded in his face. He is pictured in a promotional photo for his CNBC series Jay Leno’s Garage – which was dropped this week, adding to the star’s bad luck
Temporary skin grafts of ‘human cadaver skin’ have been added to the comedian’s body after he suffered horrific burns when an engine exploded in his face on November 12.
A doctor performed skin grafts on the star, removing his burnt skin and replacing it with skin from a skin bank
“I turned into a side street and drove through a parking lot, and unbeknownst to me a guy had a wire stretched across the parking lot but with no flag hanging.
«So, you know, I didn’t see him until it was too late.» It just made me a clothesline and, boom, knocked me off the bike.
«The motorcycle continued, and you know how it works.»
The accident is the second serious accident for Leno in as many months – and adds to a string of bad luck that has also seen his CNBC car show cancelled. CNBC canceled its Jay Leno’s Garage series this week, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Just months after his violent accident that left him with severe burns all over his face, CNBC reportedly canceled his Jay Leno’s Garage series.
Leno, 72, had hosted Jay Leno’s Garage since 2014. It first aired online just months after his final episode of NBC’s The Tonight Show aired in February 2014.
Jay Leno’s Garage began as a web series for NBC.com in 2014, before a CNBC special aired in August 2014 that prompted an upgrade to a full-time series (pictured with guest Charlie Sheen in the ‘emission)
Leno suffered devastating facial burns after a vintage steam car engine he was working on exploded.
The iconic TV host and his friend Dave Killackey were working on one of his beloved vintage cars at his Los Angeles mansion on November 12 when his white 1907 steam car caught fire.
Leno credits his friend Killackey with saving his life. Killackey leapt into action and wrapped his arms around Leno, smothering the fire.
Leno was rushed to Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital in Los Angeles where he was treated for third-degree burns and spent 10 days receiving treatment.
Describing this incident in a previous interview, Leno said, “The fuel line was clogged so I was under it. It sounded clogged and I said, «Blow air into the line,» and it did: «
Leno had to cancel a performance in Las Vegas after the November incident
«And suddenly, boom, I had a face full of gas. And then the pilot light popped and my face caught on fire.
Shocking photos of Leno’s injuries from the blast show his face was covered in excruciating burns – and his whole face had to be wrapped in bandages.
Dr. Peter Grossman told NBC News that Leno suffered «relatively severe» burns to «about seven percent of his body,» including his face, chest and hands.
He performed skin grafts on the star, removing his burnt skin and replacing it with skin from a skin bank. He noted that «much of the thickness of the skin was injured.»
Leno said his most recent accident won’t stop him from working – and he’s set to headline a comedy show at the Encore Theater for the first time on March 31.
Jay Leno’s Garage, which it has hosted since 2014, was canned this week.
The show – filmed at Jay Leno’s Big Dog Garage in Burbank – is described as «a star-studded, action-packed exploration of all things automotive».
The seventh and final season premiered in September 2022, although neither CNBC nor Leno has yet commented on the cancellation.