Jay Leno’s Garage on CNBC was cancelled this morning. This comes two months after the comedian and former late show host was injured with severe second and third degree burns while working on a vintage car’s engine that caught fire.
The cancellation is likely a result of a more recent motorcycle accident that has left Leno hospitalized again. He was reportedly knocked off his motorcycle and suffered a broken collarbone, several broken ribs, and broken kneecaps. He was riding a 1940 Indian motorcycle and noticed a gas leak. The crash occurred when he leaned over to check what was wrong with the bike, and the rest is history.
Leno suffered the motorcycle accident on January 17, and was rushed to the hospital immediately. He spoke out on his injuries for the first time today.
Jay Leno’s Garage first aired in 2015, shortly after his retirement from The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. The comedian has long spoken about his passion for collecting vintage cars and motorcycles. The network cited a renewed investment in “core content of business news and personal finance,” but viewers speculate that the recent safety hazards had something to do with it.
Some of Leno’s fans were shocked at the news of a second accident so close to the burns incident, especially given that his show has been on the air for so long without these hiccups happening.
Jay Leno is always having this kind of shit happen to him i feel bad for the dude pic.twitter.com/kAsK6huYJ4
— John Hamburger Jr (@BronzeHammer) January 27, 2023
Others reacted to the situation with pop culture humor in the comedian’s honor, as he remains in stable condition as he prepares to return to Las Vegas for a string of comedy shows.
For every stunt Tom Cruise pulls off, Jay Leno is punished https://t.co/vFXSsu3j7n
— Nate, #1 Dirty Ho Fan (@hollowchatter) January 27, 2023
Twitter even cracked jokes about the absurd timeline of the accidents being linked to some of his comedy and late night show competitors. The humorous karma theories made the rounds.
Groucho's ghost will not rest until Jay Leno pays for his YOU BET YOUR LIFE reboot https://t.co/bwXzTP4j7P
— Jason Bailey (@jasondashbailey) January 27, 2023
I feel like between Jay Leno and Alec Baldwin someone listened to the Taylor Swift song Karma and was like “I’ll show them what you mean.” pic.twitter.com/TY07WsZoID
— Cara Joy David (@CaraJoyDavid) January 27, 2023
Jay Leno suffers broken bones in motorcycle accident months after garage fire…. So, that's what Conan's been up to….
— Paul Lander (@paul_lander) January 27, 2023
Some applauded Leno for pulling through the painful injuries and being so strong at the age of
We can accept the official story, or we can finally see the truth: Jay Leno is Batman. https://t.co/RutdiSKbMC
— actioncookbook (@actioncookbook) January 27, 2023
Did Jay Leno narrowly miss a plane ride because he had a vision it was going to crash or something https://t.co/pYOIOi9X35
— Sylvian (#1 Skinamarink Fan) (@TheAlexSylvian) January 27, 2023
Amid Jay Leno’s Garage’s cancellation, fans encourage him to get some much needed rest ahead of his return to Vegas.
All I can say about my old friend Jay Leno is this isn't the year to try skydiving….
— Buddy Winston (@BuddyWinston) January 27, 2023
Others pointed to actor Jeremy Renner’s recent snowplow accident, noting that even celebrities need better road safety.
jeremy renner, jay leno…. go, go,go, go, go, who's next https://t.co/AtCqmCpMXp
— envy adams(dee unh druh 2.0) (@dlandrasdlandra) January 27, 2023
Jay Leno needs to stay in an empty room at this point and not move. https://t.co/2kCeoFSUHh
— Matt (@itsMattMichael2) January 27, 2023
Every story about Jay Leno is like “He was driving his steam powered jalopy that is started by a crankshaft and spinning a plate on a stick when he ran over a banana peel and crashed into a brick wall.” https://t.co/sA0E41sUxc
— Dylan Hunt (@DHunt1313) January 27, 2023
Now that Jay Leno’s Garage is no more, Twitter had plenty of suggestions on new, less hazardous hobbies for Leno to pick up.
Has Jay Leno tried collecting vintage records or vintage concert posters or something vintage that won't possibly kill him? https://t.co/QO1WUEkIr2
— nella (@popgoesthenella) January 27, 2023
Jay Leno just needs to stay inside and binge watch TV. 🤦♀️
— Vette (@LionSleeps4ever) January 27, 2023
Leno began his career in comedy in a student comedy troupe while he was a student at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. He went on to have a long and successful career as host The Tonight Show, Jay Leno’s Garage, and the 2021 reboot of You Bet Your Life. As of now, he is still set to debut at the Encore Theater At Wynn Las Vegas, this March. It is unclear if his shows will now be delayed due to his injuries.