After suffering ‘serious burns’ in his garage, Jay Leno hopes to recover in a few weeks at his home in Malibu, Calif.
Jay Leno had everything going for him. He was Hollywood’s most powerful star, with a massive following, a loyal fan-base and billions of viewers every weeknight.
But behind the charm and the showbiz bravado, the 42-year-old’s home life was a mess. He had a young son and a pregnant wife battling depression and depression-like symptoms of postpartum depression.
And he was just a few months away from the death of his baby daughter.
“There is no question that he was very depressed and was feeling the loss of his daughter and he made a pact with himself to try to do everything he could to stay out of the limelight as much as he could,” said his family doctor, Dr. Stephen Smith.
But despite all that, Leno was a man of his word. The actor made an impassioned plea for viewers of his ABC show “Tonight Show” Monday to vote in the November presidential election to oust the Republican nominee, Mitt Romney.
“I can’t sit here and watch people lose their jobs, their houses, their farms and all the things that make this country what it was,” he said. “The best way I can fight for it is to vote and make sure we don’t lose your vote.”
Leno says he has a list of things he wants to accomplish. He wants to find a cure for cancer, but he also hopes to find time to spend with his family, the latest son and daughter, 6-year-old Luna and 5-year-old Brooklyn.
He wants to return to “Tonight Show” on the weekends, giving back to the show his fans have come to expect.
“I’m going to miss it a ton, it’s the first thing I do, every night,” he said.
When he was first approached by Obama, Leno said: “I don’t know him. I know him as an actor and so we’re going to try to build a relationship over time in a professional setting.”
“I’m going to miss the show that I think I’m the best in,” he said.