Jay Leno opens up about burn injuries: ‘I had a brand new face’

Jay Leno is cracking jokes again after recovering from severe burns he sustained in a garage fire in November.

“It’s a joke,” he wrote in a column for The Wall Street Journal published Sunday. In it, the comedian and former late-night TV host found humor in the fiery accident that landed him in the hospital and pondered the future of the auto industry and Elon Musk’s space-forward initiatives.

On November 12, the former “Tonight Show” host and classic car enthusiast suffered severe burns to his hands, face and chest while working in his Burbank garage. Local paramedics responded to an emergency medical call at the star’s garage and rushed him to an emergency room.

Leno was hospitalized at the Grossman Burn Center in West Hills, where he underwent multiple surgeries and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

“Eight days later I had a brand new face,” he wrote of his reconstructive procedures. “And it’s better than what came before.”

A man in a blue denim shirt and blue jeans is standing in a hallway with a group in gowns and masks.

Jay Leno with several employees at the Grossman Burn Center in West Hills.

(Grossman Burn Center)

Leno was discharged from the hospital on November 21, just before Thanksgiving. A month after the incident, Leno said his burns just came with the territory.

“Anyone who works with their hands regularly will eventually have an accident,” he wrote. “There is a risk factor in everything you do.”

Leno previously poked fun at his injuries on November 27 while performing a set at the Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach. However, his jokes started long before he took the stage.

“Ah, the elephant man is here,” he told the paparazzi at the comedy venue.

“We have two shows tonight: regular and extra crispy,” he added.

Leno, who wrote in the column that there was “nothing worse than celebs crying,” wrote that he was determined to make the best of his injuries.

“If you joke about it, people laugh along with you.”

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