Entertainer Jay Leno showed off his “brand new face” Wednesday during an appearance on “The Kelly Clarkson Show.”
Leno had been working on a 1907 vehicle on Nov. 12, 2022, when it caught fire, severely burning his face. In January, he told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he also suffered multiple broken bones from a motorcycle accident.
On Wednesday, the 72-year-old Leno was making light of his injuries.
“You look great,” Clarkson told him.
“This is a brand new face,” Leno stated.
Leno alternated between describing what occurred and making light of it.
“It’s unbelievable. It is. It’s unbelievable. What happened, I was working on a car and I got a face full of gasoline. And it caught fire,” he said.
“I had been eating a Flaming Hot Dorito when I bit into it and it set my face on fire,” he said then.
Gesturing to his face, Leno said, “It was all third-degree burns. It was pretty bad. It was pretty bad.”
“You can’t tell at all,” Clarkson said.
“No, you think there’d be a zipper here or something,” Leno said.
“No, this is like a brand-new face. 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,” he said.
Then he pointed to his left ear.
“That’s a brand new ear,” he said.
He later mocked his two accidents as “a great way to lose weight. First you burn off the calories, and then you go on a crash diet on your motorcycle, and I dropped 20 pounds,” according to TVInsider.
#JayLeno is revealing his post-accident face after suffering third-degree burns. pic.twitter.com/MrNLjvqVkO
— Access Hollywood (@accesshollywood) March 2, 2023
During his talk program, Leno awarded his nurses with a trip to the Bahamas.
“When I first saw Jay, I was a little uneasy,” Dr. Peter Grossman, who treated Leno, said, according to the Huffington Post.
“Because when I saw him, he was a little bit more significantly burned than I had hoped. Knowing that it’s Jay Leno, and a face that everybody recognizes, there’s a little bit of angst going on there,” he said.