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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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91.

always    

This whole family is so low class it's almost sad. You have parents that have no jobs to speak off, a mother that has partied and did drugs with her daughter, pimped all the kids out for a buck here and there.The mothers brain is fried from snorting chit up her nose. She is home schooling the other kids, which means they are beyond help already on learning morals ,respect etc. They live in a make believe world of their own and it's a sick one. They get up every day wondering what stupid thing they can dream up to get in the rags. These people need a shrink bad.The father is plain looney toons.

1225 days ago
92.

dd    

Oh, he must be soooo proud of you!

1225 days ago
93.

Mitch    

Do we need any more evidence than this that America is in total decline??? A complete moron in the white house, and the same people who applaud this poser give Lohan a standing ovation. Good grief.

1225 days ago
94.

Bubbles The Chimp    

Jay Leno audience members are easily entertained... they are attending his lame show to begin with.

1225 days ago
95.

Hugh    

All Leno cares about is his ratings.

1225 days ago
96.

dreamon    

The story tommorow will be how Lindsay is a victim of Leno.....

1225 days ago
97.

electriczipper    

lindsay just called me and said to tell you trolls she is innocent////////
she has been offered 20 million to play gotti in the upcoming bio-pic
"Gotti takes on Japan and wins"
starring unltraman and jonny soko

1225 days ago
98.

Superman    

Translation: Leno is giving her the 'celeb' treatment while paying the most money.

1225 days ago
99.

jack-55d79    

Regardless of what peoples opinions are, they're interested:

http://www.google.com/trends?q=lindsay+lohan%2C+scarlett+johansson%2C+angelina+jolie%2C+anne+hathaway

(In case the link is broken, that's a Google Trends search for lindsay lohan, scarlett johansson, angelina jolie, anne hathaway)

Whether that can be converted into something positive is a question, but people are definetly interested as indicated by search volumes. Probably interested for all the wrong reasons, but fame-wise it's not a bad start if she can turn it all around.

1225 days ago
100.

Ray    

talented we know the answer is no, and pretty from all the recent pics the answer is no.So she what and what.Oh ya lesbian,thief drunk and a addict...and please welcome a nobody ladies and gentlemen.

1225 days ago
101.

Italia    

TO: Superman who wrote:
“Translation: Leno is giving her the 'celeb' treatment while paying the most money.”

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Exactly.

1225 days ago
102.

Italia    

TO: Mitch who wrote: “Do we need any more evidence than this that America is in total decline??? A complete moron in the white house, and the same people who applaud this poser give Lohan a standing ovation. Good grief.”

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

This is not the place for you to run your political hate speech against the POTUS, you piece of crap.

I puke on you.

1225 days ago
103.

PaulWS    

That's because the audience had no idea who she was. Nobody under the age of 60 would watch Leno.

1225 days ago
104.

mousetrap    

Her biggest crime is her hair color. They should throw her in jail for that. She looks like crap as a blond and her red is totally perfect for her. That's how you know her brains are scrambled and she isn't thinking straight.

1225 days ago
105.

kitty    

I am sure that the audience was prompted to stand up.

1225 days ago
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