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Jay Leno talked about suffering “pretty bad” third-degree burns that landed him in the hospital as he joked about his “brand new face.”
“It’s unbelievable,” the TV personality explained. “What happened, I was working on a car and I got a face full of gasoline. And it caught fire.”
“I had been eating a Flamin’ Hot Dorito when I bit into it. It set my face on fire,” he added. “All third-degree burns. It was pretty bad.”
Clarkson said she couldn’t “tell at all” that the former late-night host had sustained such serious burns.
“You think there’d be a zipper here or something,” Leno said, pointing to his jawline. “But no. Only for the second time in my career am I the new face of comedy. I got it once in the ’80s, and now I get it again.”
In November 2022, the comedian was working to repair a fuel line on his Steam Car when a leak caused gasoline to spray over his hands and face. A spark then caused an explosion, which ignited the gas.
Leno underwent a series of treatments, including grafting procedures on both his hands and face at the Grossman Burn Center in Los Angeles. He has credited his close friend with saving his life after his quick thinking resulted in putting out the flames that could have otherwise possibly led to his death.
Leno landed in the hospital again in January, this time after getting in an accident on one of his vintage motorcycles and breaking multiple bones.
“I was riding my motorcycle up in Lake Tahoe and I came around the corner and bam, I crashed into Jeremy Renner’s snowplow,” the TV personality tweeted.