In late 2022, the beloved former host of The Tonight Show, Jay Leno, experienced a series of devastating incidents that impacted his health. The first tragedy occurred a year earlier when he suffered severe second and third-degree burns in a car fire while working on one of his cherished antique cars in his Los Angeles garage.

This incident led to a nine-day stay at the Grossman Burn Center in West Hills. Shortly after, Leno faced another setback when a motorcycle accident left him with two cracked ribs and a shattered collarbone.

Despite these challenges, Leno’s resilient spirit shone through. Currently hosting Jay Leno’s Garage and the NBC game show You Bet Your Life, Leno addressed retirement during an exclusive interview at the Hot Wheels: Ultimate Challenge premiere.

He expressed his dedication to his career in the late-night industry, stating he would consider retiring only if faced with unforeseen health issues, particularly a stroke. Leno’s determination was evident as he recovered and made a triumphant return to the stage at the Comedy Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, where he received a warm welcome from a sold-out crowd.

Reflecting on the car fire incident, Leno acknowledged the inherent risks of working with cars and emphasized the gravity of the accident. During his hospital stay, he underwent skin grafting procedures and hyperbaric chamber sessions for tissue oxygenation, choosing to forgo painkillers as a way to confront his mistakes.

The overwhelming support from family and friends, including gestures from celebrities like John Travolta, Tom Selleck, and Russell Crowe, showcased the deep friendships Leno had built over his illustrious 43-year career. His devoted wife, Mavis, recalled the touching acts of kindness they received during his time in the burn center, highlighting the couple’s enduring strength and resilience.