Jay Leno suffers broken bones in motorcycle accident
By Lisa Respers France, CNN
Jay Leno says he broke multiple bones in a motorcycle accident months after suffering severe burns to his face after another mishap.
In an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the former late-night talk show host said he was knocked off his bike on January 17 and suffered a broken collarbone, two broken ribs and two cracked kneecaps.
“But I’m OK!” Leno said. “I’m OK, I’m working. I’m working this weekend.”
The comedian, who has a standup residency in Vegas, explained that he had been testing out a 1940 Indian motorcycle when he noticed the smell of leaking gasoline.
“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 said. “So, you know, I didn’t see it until it was too late. It just clothesline me and, boom, knocked me off the bike.”
Leno said he didn’t initially go public about the accident due to all the publicity he had received following the November incident in which his face was burned while he was working underneath an antique 1907 car.
“The fuel line was clogged so I was underneath it. It sounded clogged and I said, ‘Blow some air through the line,’ and so he did,” the avid car collector explained duirng an appearance on “Today” in December. “And suddenly, boom, I got a face full of gas. And then the pilot light jumped and my face caught on fire.”
Upon his hospital discharge following that accident, Leno posed for a photo with some of the employees at Grossman Burn Center in Los Angeles where he was treated.
CNN has reached out to reps for Leno for additional comment about his motorcycle accident.
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