Jay Leno Says Car Engine Fire Felt Like His “Face Was on Fire”

“when you work with cars, you have a lot of accidents,” but admitted that the November 12 incident was “bigger than most.” Accompanied by his longtime friend Dave Killackey

“With a steam car, you have gasoline, but you also have a vaporizer, which is heated by a pilot light to turn water into steam,” he told People.

“When he came in, his burns were deeper than I anticipated,” said Leno’s surgeon, Dr. Peter Grossman.

Leno said, he refused to take any pain medication because “the pain is a reminder that I’m an idiot.””

While he was at the Grossman Burn Center, famous friends sent well-wishes, including John Travolta, Russell Crowe, and Tom Selleck.