Jay Leno in ‘good spirits’ after injury but faces more surgery for ‘significant’ burns
Jay Leno faced more surgery on his face following a severe burn on his arm. He told reporters on Thursday, Aug. 8 that he is “in good spirits” but was “very concerned” about his face and neck.
“Obviously, the facial burn was pretty bad and they had to take stuff out of my face and it was pretty much ugly. It’s going to take a while for it to heal. I’m in good spirits,” Leno said.
The 39-year-old NBC talk show host and star of the new NBC comedy “Parks and Recreation” added, “It’s the kind of thing you can’t forget. You just can’t get it out of your mind.”
Leno is known for his tough-guy persona and has made a name for himself as a “no-frills” show host. He was in the hospital on Wednesday in Los Angeles, where he received a severe burn on his arm after he inadvertently spilled some hot grease.
“He was kind of shocked and hurt, but he’s been talking a lot about it and he’s doing really well,” his wife of 31 years, Susan LOpossum, 44, said Thursday in the wake of the horrific incident. “I can’t really tell you how concerned he is until he starts to heal.”
Leno was on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Thursday. He did not report being on the set of his NBC show when the accident happened. As of this report, Leno is scheduled to appear at 11 p.m. on July 15 on “Today,” airing every day on NBC. He may also appear on the June 13 edition of NBC’s “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.”
Leno suffered injuries to his face, neck, chest and arm Wednesday night when he accidentally spilled some hot cooking grease on himself. He was rushed to Northwell Medical Center in Northwell, New York, where the burns were assessed and more severe wounds were treated.