Jay Leno suffers 'serious burns' from gasoline fire: 'I am OK'

Jay Leno canceled a private comedy performance after suffering a serious medical emergency.
Jay Leno canceled a private comedy performance after suffering a serious medical emergency. (Photo: Getty Images)

Jay Leno is in stable condition, but suffered "serious burns" following a gasoline fire.

After news of his medical emergency made headlines on Monday, Leno issued a statement to Yahoo Entertainment: "I got some serious burns from a gasoline fire. I am OK. Just need a week or two to get back on my feet."

The Grossman Burn Center, where Leno is being treated for burns to his face and hands, confirmed the accident happened in his garage. The comedian "is in good humor and is touched by all the inquiries into his condition," according to a statement from the burn care facility.

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People reported the 72-year-old talk show host had to cancel an appearance at The Financial Brand's Forum in Las Vegas due to a health issue. He was set to perform a private comedy performance on Sunday night.

"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," an email to attendees purportedly stated. "All we know is that he is alive, so our prayers go out to him and his family tonight."

TMZ reported the accident occurred in the L.A. garage where Leno stores his cars as one erupted into flames without warning. Leno, host of Jay Leno's Garage, has a legendary car collection.

The former late night host has previously spoken out about health issues. In 2019, he opened up to People out about battling high cholesterol in an effort to raise awareness about the importance of routine check-ups and eating healthy.