Comedian Jay Leno may adopt a “Hee Haw” staple as opening music for his upcoming show in Las Vegas.
“If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all,” four moonshiners would croon on the long-running network TV show, “Gloom, despair, and agony on me.”
Leno revealed in a Thursday telephone interview that last week he had another serious accident, according to a Las Vegas Review-Journal report.
The former host of NBC’s “The Tonight Show” burned part of his face repairing a 1907 White steam car’s fuel line last November. His hospital treatment reportedly included a skin graft and another undisclosed procedure to treat his second-degree burns.
He informed a Review-Journal reporter he broke some bones January 17 while testing a 1940 Indian motorcycle.
The interviewer asked Leno how he was doing after his November accident.
“It’s so funny you should say that,” Leno reportedly replied. “That was the first accident. OK? Then just last week, I got knocked off my motorcycle. So I’ve got a broken collarbone. I’ve got two broken ribs. I’ve got two cracked kneecaps.”
Leno responded to concerns about his latest accident by declaring he was OK and would be working this weekend.
His latest accident also involved a fuel line. Leno said he smelled gas leaking from the Indian motorcycle he was test-driving.
“So I turned down a side street and cut through a parking lot, and unbeknownst to me, some guy had a wire strung across the parking lot but with no flag hanging from it,” Leno said. “So, you know, I didn’t see it until it was too late. It just clothesline me and, boom, knocked me off the bike.”
The comedian said he didn’t previously announce last week’s accident because of the immense publicity received after his November accident.
“You know, after getting burned up, you get that one for free,” Leno laughed. “After that, you’re Harrison Ford, crashing airplanes. You just want to keep your head down.”
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