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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.

We're told the producer of "Gotti: Three Generations" was also in the audience to show his support.


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Steve -- dressed as Elvis: The Later Years --  and bride-to-be Andrea Hissom road-tested their nuptials at Cupid's Wedding Chapel in Vegas.

The ceremony wasn't legal -- that will happen in grand fashion this weekend. 

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136.

Kenneth    

Well once again Jay Leno proves he's like school in summertime.....no class. i bet he brought in audience members or bribed them to clap when lindsey came out to rub it in the face of letterman. I love how the justice system swears celebrities get no special treatment. but if anyone of us normal people did what she did we'd be permamently booked in club fed. it's sad cause you have money and are famous you can get away with almost anything you want. and our country wonders why our kids are disrespectful cause they see i can be famous and not have serious consequences.

1222 days ago
137.

scott mccowan    

And we wonder why Lohan doesn't learn her lesson. No sooner than she gets into trouble, or out of it, she does the Media Buzz Trip. Leno and other should drop her and treat her like the plague until she has admiralty shown she's learned her lesson.

1222 days ago
138.

Mei    

So her royal feelings are hurt...BFD in my book. I have a kid her age and if it were her she sould have served all the time the first go round and would not be out there getting the special celeb. treatment that she is now. As has been said...this is what is wrong with our country.

1222 days ago
139.

meathead5000    

THEY COULD DO A REMAKE OF BONNIE & CLYDE---LINDSAY COULD OF COURSE PLAY BONNIE.

1222 days ago
140.

Ron    

I seriously doubt that she will see 40 yrs of age. Sad!!

1222 days ago
141.

leo    

the audience does what the people at the tonight show, the view, letterman or any of them tell them to do. Its preposterous that anyone wold view this woman as a victim, but then again the victim card works with some groups.

1222 days ago
142.

nguyenhuuanh    

Oh, i very like her. she is my idol
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1220 days ago
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