Jay Leno shares his dramatic rescue from a close friend after suffering severe burns in a horrific accident last month.
The prankster and car fanatic revealed what caused the fiery explosion in the garage of the 72-year-old former “Tonight Show” host where the incident took place on November 12.
“It was a 1907 white steam car. The fuel line was clogged, so I was under it,” he said of working on the classic car – along with close friend David Killackey – during a conversation with Today host Hoda Kotb. “It sounded blocked and I said, ‘Blow some air through the line,’ and he did.”
Leno said the fuel line made a noise, “and all of a sudden, boom, I got a face full of gas.
“And then the pilot light came on and my face caught fire,” he recalled.
Fortunately, Leno said Killackey acted quickly.
“I said to my friend, I said, ‘Dave, I’m on fire.’ And Dave says, ‘All right.’ I said, ‘No Dave, I’m on fire.’ And then: ‘Oh my God.’ Dave, my friend, pulled me out and jumped on me and sort of smothered the fire,” Leno recalled.
Leno was taken to the Grossman Burn Center in Los Angeles, where he was treated for third-degree burns to his face, chest and hands during a 10-day stay. Leno also received skin grafts and another surgical procedure.
Any scars weren’t immediately apparent during the new Today interview.
But he was smiling in a photo with clinic staff on Nov. 21 as he was released from the center. Leno wasted no time in returning to his vintage cars as he was wheeled around Los Angeles in several of his whips the next day.
He even performed a comedy set to a sold-out crowd at the Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, California, just over two weeks after the incident. However, he had trouble parking and collided with a patrol car.
Leno and Kotb’s full conversation will air Wednesday on Today.
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