Jay Leno revealed the one thing that’s getting him through a scary situation with his wife

May 21, 2024

Jay Leno was the king of late-night TV when he was the host of The Tonight Show.

Now he’s trying to overcome tragedy in his life. 

And Jay Leno revealed the one thing that’s getting him through a scary situation with his wife.

Jay Leno talks about dealing with wife’s dementia diagnosis

Former Tonight Show host Jay Leno has had a challenging couple of years after he suffered serious burns in a November 2022 fire while working one of his vehicles in his garage.

Months after his garage fire, he was injured in a motorcycle accident. 

And in January, his wife of 44 years, Mavis, was diagnosed with dementia.

Leno was interviewed by Fox News Digital during a recent charity event.

He was asked if his faith and family were helping him and his wife cope with her dementia diagnosis.

“All of that,” Leno said. “Exactly. It’s the whole thing. We’ve been married 44 years. It gets easier. It doesn’t get harder.”

Leno met her while he was performing as a standup comic at the Comedy Store in the 1970s.

He was granted conservatorship over Mavis by a judge in April.

Despite their challenges, the couple is leading a normal life.

“We do everything together,” Leno said. “I go home every night, make dinner and sit around. We enjoy each other’s company.”

Jay Leno talks about his wife at a charity event

Leno told the crowd at the charity event the advice that he gave actress Drew Barrymore about getting married on The Tonight Show in the 1990s before her first marriage.

“Marry your conscience,” Leno said. “Marry the person you wish you could be. That’s kind of how you stay married for 44 years.”

He became emotional talking about his wife at the event saying marrying her is “the smartest thing I’ve ever done.”

“I had to smile when I saw that young college girl come out, which reminded me of a young girl I met,” Leno said about the previous speaker. “She [Mavis] had the same fire. A couple weeks later, I told a story of picking up the front page of a paper with a picture of her [Mavis]. [I thought] this is going to be a fascinating relationship, and it has been.”

Leno added that marriage has been easier for them because they enjoy each other’s company.

“We have a lot of fun,” Leno explained. “People say marriage is difficult. I don’t get it. I enjoy her company. I enjoy taking care of her. We have fun. She’s the most independent woman I ever knew. Again, I just couldn’t be prouder of her.”

This was a rare public appearance for Leno and his wife since her dementia diagnosis.

Leno joked to People previously that staying faithful was the key to their long-lasting marriage. 

“Not screwing around is a huge key,” Leno said. “You can do a lot. You can leave your underwear on the doorknob for the rest of your life if you don’t screw around.”

Jay Leno and his wife are making the best of a difficult situation.

Read All About It will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story. 


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