Jay Leno underwent surgery to treat the “severe burns” he suffered in a recent petrol fire accident, but his doctor said he would make a “full recovery”.
The former host of The Tonight Show is said to be in “good spirits” following the incident that left him with “deep second-degree” and possibly third-degree burns.
The incident allegedly happened while Leno was working underneath a car in Burbank, California, on Saturday.
Dr Peter Grossman told US media that Leno suffered burns to his face, hands and chest during the incident and underwent one surgery, with another planned.
“His injuries are very serious, his condition is good,” Dr. Grossman said.
“Currently, there are factors that cause nerve damage…I predict he will make a full recovery.
“It’s still too early to say whether this wound will remain.”
Leno has previously said he is “fine”, but is recovering from the incident.
“I suffered severe burns from the gasoline fire,” he said in a statement shared with PA news agency.
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“I’m fine. It just takes a week or two for me to get back on my feet.”
Dr Grossman told reporters that Leno was “a gentleman who really didn’t want to make a big deal out of this”.
“He wants to go back to work, that’s what he does. I had to tell him he needed to step back a bit and these things take time,” he said.
American presenter and comedian who took over NBC’s Tonight when longtime host Johnny Carson retired in 1992 and returned for another stint from 2010 to 2014, before handing the reins to the Current host Jimmy Fallon.
Leno, 72, turned her love of cars into a CNBC series, Jay Leno’s Garage, and is currently hosting a revival of the You Bet Your Life game show.
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