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Jay Leno’s Tips for Handling Life During the Pandemic

TV host makes face masks and drives classic cars

Jay Leno sitting down

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1. Go to War

Dr. Fauci says we have to fight COVID-19 like a war. And a reporter asks, “How do we do that?” Fauci says, “By staying home and watching television.” And I thought to myself, I have been training for this war my entire life!

2. Help Out

I have a 3D printer, and my wife, Mavis, and I are making masks, turning out about 100 per week. We give them to local firefighters and police.

Comedian and former talk show host Jay Leno

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3. Make ‘Em Grin

My parents had a 1949 Plymouth. So I thought, That's what I should drive now! At the market there was a line of glum-looking people, 6 feet apart. All of a sudden, my green ‘50s wagon with wide whitewall tires pulls in. A guy yells out, “My mom had one of those!” and they all start smiling.

4. Eat Comfort Food

Look at our support staff: Chef Boyardee, Ben & Jerry, Colonel Sanders — I'm on the same terrible diet I've always been on.

5. Visit Jay's Garage

Jay Leno's Garage is about people and their cars. I ask, “What was your first car? What did it mean to you?” Martha Stewart owns Edsel Ford's old house in Maine, so she drives a ‘58 Edsel station wagon. (Speaking of isolation, she's tough and funny; when she went to prison, I made her a shiv cozy in a Laura Ashley print as a gift!) We made a big fuss over Adam West [TV's Batman] when he came on the show, shortly before he passed away. This season has included Billy Joel — we did some singing in the car — and Craig Ferguson. A fun part of doing the show is the connections I make. —As told to Natasha Stoynoff

Former Tonight Show host Jay Leno is back on CNBC with his prime-time series, Jay Leno's Garage.