Jay Leno slammed for Jeremy Renner snow plow joke weeks after actor was almost killed

Just one day after revealing he suffered several broken bones in a motorcycle crash, Jay Leno has been criticised for joking about actor Jeremy Renner’s recent snow plow accident.

The 72-year-old comedian sustained a broken collarbone, two broken ribs and two cracked kneecaps after being knocked off a vintage bike earlier this month.

He kept his injured private until yesterday, when he shared details of the accident. Leno then tweeted a joke involving Marvel star Renner’s near-fatal crash.

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“I was riding my motorcycle up in Lake Tahoe and I came around the corner and bam, I crashed into Jeremy Renner’s snowplow,” the TV personality quipped.

Most of his followers responded with laughing emojis and well-wishes, but some took issue with Leno’s reference to Renner’s accident, which left the actor with 30 broken bones.

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“I agree we need levity, but shouldn’t the levity be… I don’t know… funny?” one wrote, adding that “Renner is too busy recovering and re-learning how to walk” to respond to Leno.

Another replied: “Not funny. Renner broke 30 bones in the process of saving his nephew’s life. Respect to the guy. Pure guts.”


“Come on Leno, Renner was trying to help somebody what the heck were you doing? Showboating?” wrote a third.

Leno came off his motorcycle after smelling fuel and pulling into a parking lot, where he was “clotheslined” by an unmarked wire that had been strung across the lot.

He suffered several injuries just months after sustaining second degree burns in a fire at his Los Angeles home, which broke out while he was working on a vintage car.

Meanwhile, Renner was horrifically injured when he was pulled under a snow-removal tractor and crushed on New Year’s Day.

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According to a Nevada sheriff’s office incident report, the 52-year-old Avengers star had exited the vehicle to pull his nephew’s truck out of snow and hadn’t engaged the hand brake.

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“When Renner attempted to stop or divert the Pistenbully to avoid injury to (his nephew), he was pulled under the vehicle by the track and run over,” the report read. 

“Mechanical issues may have been a factor in this accident,” it continued. Impairment was not believed to be a factor in the incident.

Renner’s nephew stayed with the actor until help arrived and he was airlifted to hospital, where he remained for two weeks and underwent multiple surgeries while being treated in the intensive care unit.

Taking to Instagram to share an update to fans shortly after the accident, Renner said he was “messed up” but thanked everyone for their love and support.

“Thank you all for your kind words,” the Avengers star captioned a selfie, which showed some of his facial injuries. “I’m too messed up now to type. But I send love to you all.”

The Marvel star was released from hospital two weeks ago.

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