Jay Leno has been admitted to the Grossman Burn Center in Los Angeles after suffering burns to his face from a car fire.
During a visit to the L.A. garage where the 72 year-old collector stores his vehicles, one of Leno’s cars burst into flames unexpectedly, according to TMZ. Leno suffered burns to the left side of his face, serious enough to get him hospital admission.
The former “Tonight Show” host confirmed the news to Variety in a statement.
“I got some serious burns from a gasoline fire. I am ok. Just need a week or two to get back on my feet.”
TMZ reported that the facial burns did not penetrate Leno’s left eye or ear. He is in stable condition following the gasoline fire.
Leno has since canceled his engagements for this week, including a scheduled appearance at The Financial Brand in Las Vegas conference on Sunday which first hinted of the accident. Organizers announced a “very serious medical emergency” to explain Leno’s absence.
People first traced the development in Leno’s health, providing an email statement to 2022 Forum participants from the Financial Brand.
“His family was not able to provide us very many details, but there was a very serious medical emergency that is preventing Jay from traveling,” the email stated. “All we know is that he is alive, so our prayers go out to him and his family tonight.”
Leno’s reps did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
Conan O’Brien replaced Leno on “The Tonight Show” after Leno hosted from 1992 to 2009, but Leno returned to replace O’Brien shortly after until 2014. He currently hosts CNBC’s “Jay Leno’s Garage,” which closed out its seventh season on Oct. 27 as well as the “You Bet Your Life” game show.