On the March 29 episode of the Fly on the Wall podcast, what happens when a classic car is damaged? You get a replacement, just as Jay Leno did following the November 2022 automobile fire that left him with "grave" third-degree burns on his face and head. "This is a brand-new ear," Jay, 72, told Dana Carvey and David Spade.
Jay also talked about an accident in January when he was hit by a fence that had been hung over a lot without a warning sign/marker. “I had a broken collarbone, two broken ribs, and two broken kneecaps ’cause I got clotheslined on my motorcycle,” he told the comedy peers.
Jay's latest hospital visit was caused by a car accident in November. “I said, ‘... I don't want to start fire.’ I turned around in a parking lot, and the guy had a wire across the parking lot but with no flag. And boom, it just hit me.’ I said, ‘You gave me that new face,’ and he responds, ‘What did you do?’
When Jay was confronted with a clogged gasoline line on his 1907 White Steam Car, he was spraying gasoline on his hands and face. "But this is greater than most," he said in a December interview.
“It felt as if my face was on fire,” Jay said of his friend Dave Killackey, who pulled him out of the vehicle. “I wasn't a panicky person, but I knew if I breathed in, my lungs would be scorched.”
Jay was released from the hospital on November 20, 2022. A day after that, he was seen roaming around town in a vintage blue Cadillac. His face and hands were still broken from the incident, but he appeared to be in great spirits. Two weeks after the incident, he was performing at the Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach.