Jay Leno is showing off his “new face” after overcoming severe burn injuries sustained in an unintentional car fire that occurred at his garage back in November.
The former Tonight Show host discussed his comeback when appearing on The Kelly Clarkson Show after Clarkson, 40, commented on how well he looks. “This is a brand new face,” Leno, 72, boasted. “It’s unbelievable. I was working on a car and I got a face full of gasoline and it caught fire.”
“I had been eating a flaming hot Dorito and when I bit into it, it set my face on fire,” he joked. “No, no, but it was interesting. It was all third-degree burns. It was pretty bad.” The comedian’s recovery has left Clarkson speechless, she continued, adding that it’s impossible to tell he was in an accident.
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“You think there’d be a zipper here or something, but no this is like a brand new face” Leno teased as the singer laughed. “Only for the second time in my career am I the new face of comedy. I got it once in the ’80s and now I get it again. That’s a brand new ear!”
As he continued to heal, Leno said he was aware that his situation could have been much worse. “I know how bad it could have been,” he explained. “But I’m OK. And I’m sure I’ll continue to do the same stupid things I’ve always done. Just maybe a little bit more carefully!”