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Jay Leno Hit With Backlash After Making Cringey Joke About Jeremy Renner's Snowplow Accident

The former late night host's Twitter joke poking fun at his own recent motorcyle crash didn't sit well with fans.

Jay Leno; Jeremy Renner
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Jay Leno's latest attempt at humor fell quite flat amongst his Twitter followers.

While attempting to poke fun at his own injuries, the former late night host made a bad-landing joke about Jeremy Renner's horrific New Year's Day snowplow accident from which he still has "a long road to recovery."

Leno, who is recovering himself from burns suffered from a gasoline fire in his garage in November, was involved in a motorcycle accident on January 17, leaving him with a broken collarbone, two broken ribs and and two cracked kneecaps.

Striving to make light of his own situation, Leno tweeted last week:

"I was riding my motorcycle up in Lake Tahoe and I came around the corner and bam, I crashed into Jeremy Renner's snowplow."

Renner broke over 30 bones when he was crushed under his snowplow while trying to save his nephew from the moving 14,300 pound vehicle.

He continues to receive therapy and recover at home.

The Twitterverse felt Leno's "joke" was in poor taste, at the very least.

Of his accident, Leno explained to Las Vegas Review Journal:

"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."
"So, you know, I didn't see it until it was too late. It just clotheslined me and, boom, knocked me off the bike."
"The bike kept going, and you know how that works out."


We wish both Leno and Renner well in their continued recovery.