Jay Leno Opens Us About Fiery Accident That Sent Him to the Hospital

Editorial credit: Kathy Hutchins

Jay Leno sat down with Hoda Kotb and shared his experience of the garage fire that left him suffering from second and third-degree burns last month.

The comedian explains that he was trying to unclog a fuel line on a 1907 white steam car in his garage last month. He says he told his friend to blow air through the fuel line and then he was hit with gasoline in the face.

Jay says his face caught fire when the car’s pilot light ignited the fuel and he yelled to his friend, “I’m on fire.”

Jay was hospitalized and underwent several surgeries. He’s since recovered and returned to work.

In a separate interview with People published on Tuesday (December 13th), Leno recalled, “I knew how close I was to the pilot light and I thought ‘Uh oh.'”

“It felt exactly like my face was on fire,” Leno said. “Maybe like the most intense sunburn you’ve ever had, that’d be fair to say.”

Leno closed his eyes and held his breath as he tried to get out from underneath the car, before his friend, Dave Killackey, helped him. “I’m not a panicky guy, but I knew if I breathed in I could scorch my lungs,” he said. “I was under the car maybe 10 seconds before Dave pulled me out. Any longer than that I could have lost my eye.”

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