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Lindsay Lohan

'Grateful' for Jay Leno

4/26/2011 10:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jay Leno won the battle for Lindsay Lohan because the actress feels "grateful" for the way he's treated her over the years ... sources connected with the actress tell TMZ.

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Lohan pre-taped an episode of "The Tonight Show" yesterday ... set to air tonight ... and according to reports, she received a standing ovation when she walked on to the set.

Sources connected to Lohan tell us she has been receiving several offers to appear on talk shows since she was sentenced to jail last week ... but chose Leno because, "He has been nothing but good to her and her family over the years ... and has always been protective of her."

Of course, Lohan was furious with Letterman earlier this year -- when the comic ripped her on his show following a booking fiasco. Video of Lindsay heading to the studio below.042611_lohan_inf_still



During the interview, Lohan talked about her sentence -- telling Jay she felt "kind of numb" after the judge threw the book at her.

Lohan also talked about the "Gotti" movie -- reconfirming that she WILL be playing the role of John Gotti Jr.'s wife.

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16.

tracker    

When the Judge "throws the BOOK at you" that's getting a life sentence "without parole" so i say to you Lindsay STFU Learn a life lesson & stop whining...

1187 days ago
17.

Paul    

Most likely part of the deal for her to be a guest...was for the production crew to have the audience clap.

Everything about this family is staged,and all so fake.

Lohan's say one thing,and the public says another.

1187 days ago
18.

Meemo    

I am really sick of this girl.... poor Lindsay got in trouble for committing crimes, poor lindsay the judge is so mean, they should give her money not jail time! how dare they! poor lindsay....i will not watch any movies she is in or jay leno....if i wanna pay for someone to get a buzz , it will be me!

1187 days ago
19.

Alia    

Did someone how up little cue cards for the Audience, to stand up and give her an ovation? Maybe there was a gift involved? You know everyone loves free gifts... I gather it was pre-taped to edit out all the bad parts.

1187 days ago
20.

Deb    

Jill, you can't seriously believe the public wants to forgive her and want to see her making movies. The public despises this girl. I honestly don't ever see her making a comeback.

1187 days ago
21.

Red Cloud    

She got a standing ovation!!!!! I've been predicting this since last year. Stop making fools of yourselves, haters. She's coming back. Accept it and deal with it.

1187 days ago
22.

jen    

another reason not to watch leno....he's a thief also, just ask Conan....any american that gave this **** a standing ovation should leave this country and never come back........

1187 days ago
23.

PhillipP    

I always heard Jay was a loser and now its been confirmed.

1187 days ago
24.

NelsonH    

Most people get standing ovations on those shows if they're above the level of "animal expert". The Lohans are creating news for themselves yet again. These two washed up hacks can be happy together. What is she promoting anyway? Her existence? Go away.

1187 days ago
25.

anony    

Like Leno cares about her at all.
All he cares about are his anemic ratings.
I bet she gets more jail time for not completely complying with her community service.

1187 days ago
26.

john smith    

Lindsay is well respected and loved by all her peers in Hollywood. Except the over 90 set ie Betty White.

1187 days ago
27.

electriczipper    

she is innocent I tell ya
innocent
you can take that to the bank you maggots

1187 days ago
28.

LA Native    

Pathetic.

1187 days ago
29.

Skeeter    

I was in a restaurant in Nashville one time, years ago, Leno was in there at the same time, he was loud and obnoxious. He kept talking about himself the whole time, ever since then I have found him totally disgusting. He and Lindsay are fish from the same pond, way too proud of their nothingness.

1187 days ago
30.

FruitSalad    

The Tonight Show sucks and Jay Leno is a douche bag.

Proper fitting that his shows audience would give a law breaking , coke snorting thieve an ovation.

1187 days ago
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