Former Tonight Show host Jay Leno has had a rough few months. Just last November, the comedian suffered second- and third-degree burns while working on a 1907 White Steam Car, and now, Leno is recovering from a recent motorcycle accident.
“That was the first accident,” the Jay Leno’s Garage host was quoted as saying. “Then just last week, I got knocked off my motorcycle. So I’ve got a broken collarbone. I’ve got two broken ribs. I’ve got two cracked kneecaps. But I’m OK!”
According to Leno, this recent accident happened on January 17th, while Leno was testing a 1940 Indian motorcycle.
“So I turned down a side street and cut through a parking lot, and unbeknownst to me, some guy had a wire strung across the parking lot but with no flag hanging from it,” Leno was quoted as saying. “So, you know, I didn’t see it until it was too late. It just clotheslined me and, boom, knocked me off the bike. The bike kept going, and you know how that works out. You know, after getting burned up, you get that one for free. After that, you’re Harrison Ford, crashing airplanes. You just want to keep your head down.”
In case you missed it, Jay Leno was in another accident late last year involving one of his many vintage vehicles. While working on his 1907 White Steam Car, a fuel line burst and doused the comedian in gasoline. Almost simultaneously, a spark lit Leno on fire.
Following this freak accident, Leno underwent multiple procedures, including a surgical excision and grafting procedure, as well as hyperbaric oxygen therapy (breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized environment) to slow the progression of his burns. The comedian credits his survival to his friend, who acted quickly and jumped on him, effectually smothering and putting out the fire before more damage could be done.