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Lindsay Lohan -- Grateful for Jay Leno

4/26/2011 9:02 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.

Lindsay Lohan kept it positive during her appearance on "The Tonight Show" -- telling Jay, "I'm in the clear now. I feel like as long as I stay focused, then I will be able to achieve what I want to achieve."042611_lohan_today_leno_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.

Lindsay Lohan is backing up what she said on "The Tonight Show" because she's going to start doing community service this week.

Sources tell TMZ ... Lindsay will begin her 360 hours of community service at the Downtown Women's Center in Los Angeles this week. 

Lindsay's lawyer, Shawn Holley, was there when Lindsay was on the stage.  Interestingly, Holley's hubby, Dorian Holley, was also there -- he's the lead singer of the "The Tonight Show" band.

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Ron    

A standing ovation for Lohan. No wonder this country is in trouble. We have a sicck society thaT DOES NOT WANT TO BE OR HOLD ANYONE RESPONSIBLE. She got far too little punishment. Is there a difference between these so called celebrities and anyone else. I don't think so.

1212 days ago
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sarah    

Scary isn't it? Very strange and ITA on the "justice" thing. One of these days she's going to kill either herself or someone else thanks to the issues that everyone seems happy to brush under the carpet.

1212 days ago
3.

Joe    

A standing ovation from the audience on Jay Leno show? What is wrong with people. This girl is a druggie, a thief, been to bed with multiple partners--who cares about that--a total liar, in a position where her money has her on the streets and the judges handling this thing should be disbarred. Should I go on??? What a freeking joke America. Oh yes--she is a good little girl. Will give you even odds she isn't done yet.

1212 days ago
4.

Christi    

Oh good, great news! She's in the clear NOW. Until she gets busted again, of course.

1212 days ago
5.

brenda    

Well this person please go away?

1212 days ago
6.

ML    

this is what girls look up too?

1212 days ago
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Rosebud    

Leno is a gentleman...Letterman is a misogynist womanizer. Even Lindsay can figure that out.

1212 days ago
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KleeverBeever    

Don't worry, Lindsay; as always, crooked lawyers and judges will come through for you and make sure you get nothing worse than a wrist-slapping, no matter what crime you've committed. Please return to your doctor soon for more therapy for your condition, which, as we now know is: "Persistent Lesbo-Kleptomania." Don't forget to bring your butchy black lawyer with you, in case you get a case of 'sticky fingers' while there.

1212 days ago
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Fred    

We all have people in our family, or the family of a close friend for relative, that has had problems. Would you want someone near and dear to you dragged through the mud in the media? I am going to wish her well as I would my own daughter, a niece, a sister, my brother's wife, a neighbor, or friend of a friend. We are all in this thing called HUMANITY together.

People, all of us are reacting here. Since none of us know this person personally each are reacting from within their own level of integrity or the LACK OF IT ... in some cases. Do we love and support people or gang up on them and trash them and bully them. Take a hard look in the mirror, people, cause this is who YOU are. Is this how you treat your daughter? Is this how YOU would want to be treated? Your reaction is NOT affecting LL. This is between you and you. Wake up!

1212 days ago
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Dr. B    

Hard as I try, it is simply impossible to EVER underestimate the stupidity of humans. Providing Lindsay Lohan with a "standing ovation" on The Tonight Show? Huh?? Perhaps I have been living on another planet for the past few years, but WHAT has this disturbed young woman done in her entire overindulged life that has in ANY way contributed positively to humanity? What am I missing here? A standing O for going to jail? For breaking the law? For repeatedly failing drug tests? For repeatedly violating her probation? For frequent displays of public intoxication? Need I go on? The only REASONABLE explanation is that the Leno audeience must have been comprised entirely of criminals, drug addicts, or other of the numerous variations of reprobate that infect society. Otherwise, what decent, ethical adult would EVER condone this young woman's offensive behavior or, more significantly, ever APPLAUD it? The whole concept is both outrageous and sickening. Ms. Lohan clearly belongs incarcerated or otherwise confined in such a way that she no longer poses an exquisite danger to the community. Perhaps Jay should invite Charles Manson to be a guest. Sounds like his audience will find a way to glorify his lifetime of non-accomplishment. What has happened to America?

1212 days ago
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Mike    

That interview seems prepared by her public relation consultant. Say you are sorry and you made mistakes and America will forget it. But when I look at her eyes while she speaks, I notice she never look at Jay inthe eyes or even the people in front of her, she is just trying to remember the speach her consultant wrote for her. There is no sincerity in her talk and it shows. She is a druggie, a thief and a bad person that never learnt from her former mistakes of last years. So, I hope she will make her time in jail as any other person would and hope America forget about her for good. Standing ovation... I think Leno pushed to far on that. Did he sleep with her?

1212 days ago
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Tom    

She sure doesn't look her age. She looks 40. I was going to say "At 40 she'll look..." She won't make it.

1212 days ago
13.

Jim    

Hey heres an idea...Lindsay could team up with Charlie Sheen and go on tour! Theres an opening now that one of the "goddesses" has split

1212 days ago
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Stefanie    

I usually do not use this language but please "lindsay" shut the hell up. Everyone else already would sit in prison. Maybe thats why this country goes down the drain. A waist of taxpayers money in court. Put her on the chaingang and let her for once in her life work hard for her money and do something for the good of the public. Make her sweat, so that she feels what hard working is. F......Crybaby

1212 days ago
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angelia    

one day she'll ask where did her youth go! she looks so old for 24 !

1212 days ago
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