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Jay Leno hospitalised after car bursts into flames

Jay Leno hospitalised after car bursts into flames

US comedian Jay Leno confirmed the incident in a statement

Jay Leno has been hospitalised after his car burst into flames in a garage fire in LA.

Leno, who has since made a statement, was said to have been working in his LA garage where he stores his cars on Sunday (13 November)

After the incident occurred, the 72-year-old was reportedly taken to the burn ward at Grossman Burn Center.

Organisers of The Financial Brand conference, where Leno was supposed to be in attendance on Sunday (13 November), said that a 'very serious medical emergency' stopped him from showing.

The former Tonight Show host is believed to have cancelled his commitments for the rest of the week.

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The comedian told NBC News: "I got some serious burns from a gasoline fire. I am ok.

"Just need a week or two to get back on my feet."

Social media have expressed their well wishes towards to TV host, with one person tweeting: "Oh man, this is rotten news. Best wishes to Jay Leno for a speedy recovery."

Another wrote: "Sad to hear and hope he recovers soon. One of the best improv comedians I’ve ever seen."

"The older I get, the more I love the guy. Wishing a smooth recovery," a third person said.

Someone else commented: "Oh man. Wishing him the best. Burns are the worst to recover from."

"Oh nooooo…wouldn’t wish that on anyone. Hope he recovers whole," another wrote.

"May he recover quickly and as painlessly as possible," one more person said.

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As many will be aware that the car enthusiast proudly has his own popular show Jay Leno's Garage.

NBC writes: "Hosted by legendary comedian and 'Tonight Show' host Jay Leno, 'Jay Leno's Garage' explores our obsession with all things automotive.

"From classic cars to supercars and everything in between, Jay is hitting the road to discover the most exciting, weird and wonderful vehicles ever made and meet the passionate people behind their wheels.

"Each one-hour themed episode features a mix of stunts, challenges, reviews and celebrity interviews that showcases the colourful history of the automobile.

"Whether he's exploring the story of an iconic brand, road-testing the newest supercar or investigating the latest automotive innovations, there is no wheel Jay won't get behind to tell the story of our love affair with the car."

The programme is shown every Wednesday on NBC and runs for roughly 43 minutes per episode.

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Topics: Celebrity