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'I am OK' | Jay Leno seriously burned from gasoline fire

Leno told Variety that he just needs some time to get back on his feet after suffering "serious burns."
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Jay Leno attends the Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief held at Universal Studios Back Lot on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP)

LOS ANGELES — Jay Leno is recovering in the hospital after being seriously injured by a fire at his Los Angeles car garage. 

“I got some serious burns from a gasoline fire," the television host and comedian told Variety in a statement on Monday. "I am ok. Just need a week or two to get back on my feet.” A spokesperson for the burn center where Leno was being treated told CNN that he was burned on his face and hands from the fire, which happened in his garage. 

Leno, 72, was supposed to appear Sunday night at the Financial Brand Forum 2022 in Las Vegas, but organizers said he was forced to cancel over a "serious medical emergency," according to an email sent to attendees and obtained by People. 

"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," the email said. "All we know is that he is alive, so our prayers go out to him and his family tonight."

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Host Jay Leno attends the Gershwin Prize Honoree's Tribute Concert at DAR Constitution Hall on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Washington. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP)

Leno is the former host of NBC's "Tonight Show" and "The Jay Leno Show." The Television Hall of Fame inductee currently hosts "Jay Leno's Garage" and the latest revival of classic quiz show "You Bet Your Life." Known for his passion for cars, Leno has an extensive collection of automobiles and motorbikes. 

Leno has continued performing standup after his "Tonight Show" exit. He was scheduled to co-headline events with Jeff Foxworthy on Friday in St. Louis and Saturday in Denver. Both shows have been canceled, and ticketholders will be refunded.

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