Jay Leno Hospitalized With Serious Burns To His Face After Car Fire

Update 11/17/22: Added a statement from Jay Leno.

Comedian Jay Leno has reportedly been left with serious burns following an explosion at his garage. The former talk show host is a well known automotive enthusiast and has one of the world's most impressive car collections. Over the years, he has spent a sizable portion of his $450 million net worth on purchasing, restoring, and maintaining a variety of classic cars. Those cars are usually stored at Leno's L.A. garage, which is where he was over the weekend. Notable cars from his collection include a Lamborghini Miura S, a Mercedes-Benz 600 Kompressor, and one of the staggeringly rare McLaren F1s.

The Massachusetts born celebrity's love of cars started at an early age and his first vehicle, an old Ford pickup he and his father spotted outside a gas station, was his first big restoration project. His passion for everything automotive, and his extensive car collection, has developed into a popular YouTube series called "Jay Leno's Garage" in which the comedian shows off interesting vehicles from his own collection, as well as some gems owned by other petrolheads.

Leno left with severe facial burns

According to TMZ, Leno was at the L.A. garage where most of his collection is stored when one of the vehicles burst into flames. The fire left Leno with "severe burns" to the left side of his face, though his eye and ear were reportedly undamaged by the blast.

The 72-year-old is currently being treated in the burn ward of the Grossman Burn Center, it's claimed, and his exact condition is unknown — but is serious enough to warrant a hospital stay spanning multiple days. All of Leno's upcoming engagements for the next week, including an appearance at The Financial Brand conference yesterday, were canceled due to a "serious medical emergency."

Leno confirmed the incident in a brief statement to SlashGear. "I got some serious burns from a gasoline fire," the entertainer said. "I am ok. Just need a week or two to get back on my feet." No further details on the vehicle involved, Leno's medical prognosis, or what could've caused the gasoline fire responsible for his injuries have been released at this stage.