Comedian Jay Leno, who appeared on Saturday at a kick-off event for his upcoming NBC reality show “Hot Wheels: Ultimate Challenge,” told fans that he would likely slow down if and when he ever suffered a stroke.
“Then you slow down,” he said. “That’s when you retire — when you have your stroke.”
The former “Tonight Show” host has been seriously injured in two serious accidents in the last year alone — just weeks apart — and has continued to perform even amid his ongoing recovery.
The first accident was an explosion and fire in his Los Angeles garage that caused third-degree burns to his face and hands.
The comedian spent several days in the hospital, where he was treated with skin grafts and some time in a hyperbaric chamber.
Within a week of his discharge from the hospital, he was back onstage performing stand-up for a sold-out crowd in Hermosa Beach, California.
Just two months later, Leno, 73, suffered several broken bones in a motorcycle accident.
“I’m OK!” Leno told the apparently shocked interviewer. “I’m OK, I’m working. I’m working this weekend.”
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