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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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DeDee    

If Lindsey is treated like any other criminal while doing her community service it may make a difference in her attitude. HOWEVER if she is given special treatment, it will do nothing in teaching her responsibility and respect for others. So basically it is up to the overseers of her community service detail that hole the results. Maybe they will do their jobs in making her toe the line. Maybe a few posters in the morgue addressing Lindsey, THIS COULD BE YOU IF YOU DON’T CHANGE YOUR WAYS?

1214 days ago
17.

vheib    

Boo HOo Grow up and take responsibility for your actions!

1214 days ago
18.

Mario7979    

She is a DUMB BLOND NUMB minded BITCH....

1214 days ago
19.

Anna    

Uh, they were clapping because she was leaving.. Duh..

1214 days ago
20.

Toni    

I am sure they were holding up cue cards and using hand signals to get the audience up! Why else? Aren't standing ovations for people like Arthur Fiedler, as an example?

1214 days ago
21.

warren    

naturally they're going to give her a standing ovation because 98% of this world has the morals of a freaking pit bull. No way in hell could I throw the first stone at Lohan because I'm certianly not perfect, but at the same time, I'm damn sure not going to praise her for drinking, drugs, speeding through cities at high rates of speed, running red lights, endangering others, laughing at the system and saying "screw you I'll do what I whenever I want whereever I want to whom I want because I'm Linsay the famous movie star Lohan". On another channel was that lowlife Bill Maher running off at the mouth and showing his vile, corrupt, and immoral nature and personality. To think that the same people who would applaud Lindsay after all she's done that is pure evil, or Kim Kardashian with her porno tapes and useless usage of space on this earth, those same people would boo Sarah Palin who worked to better her state and would love to better this country in general. People just love evil and the more corrupt and immoral you are, the better they love you. Not many days I don't regret being a part of the human race and having to share it with such evil people.

1214 days ago
22.

mill    

Please, MOG!!!! Standing up to leave , maybe!!! Maybe Lohan and Charlie can get together, now that's sounds fun. Little girl, so home, and stay there. Numb, I want to VOMIT every time I hear your name. why why do we have to see, hear, these kinds of people ???? Sick and tired of money, going to them . got to go, make stomach hurts, i think I need to ........... again

1214 days ago
23.

Ned    

Only in California would a felon get a standing ovation. The action speaks volumes about Leno's audience.

1214 days ago
24.

ruggit    

Go to jail girl. This is not about you, it is about a lawbreaker.

1214 days ago
25.

Midge    

Is she serious? She felt "numb" because the judge threw the book at her. Really, and what did the little airhead expect? She got off easy so far, let's hope next time (and there will be a next time) they put her in jail and keep her there until she serves her entire sentence. What a freaking loser, as are those who gave her a standing ovation -- what will they do when she gets drunk/high and kills someone with her car?

1214 days ago
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J.E.B.    

Lindsay Lohan said she felt kind of numb after the judge threw the book at her. Numb, or still in denial? Gotta wonder.

1214 days ago
27.

Bob    

Of course LiLo would get a standing ovation at Leno's show. It's taped in Cali, an ultra liberal state who's resident's have a huge fascination with celebrity and feel that even "d" listers can walk on water and are all knowing and all powerful.

1214 days ago
28.

Me    

Jay Leno is taped in Burbank. That's why she got a standing ovation. Hollywood is loaded with liberal boohoos. Harvey's gone Hollywood but I don't think HE would give her a standing ovation : )

1214 days ago
29.

joe    

I bet we have yet to see the best of Lindsay Lohan. I have a pretty good ability to read people and what I read from Lindsay is she is sincere and about to turn the corner to higher stardom. NOT for drugs or arrests, but for her amazing talent as an actress. She craves a need for acceptance and wants so bad to please her audience most likely because this was missing in her life growing up, that she will not fail or give up, but in the end prove herself as possibly the best actress ever! I think your great! Joe

1214 days ago
30.

mo    

no use for lohan,peice of trash,anyone else would be in jail. so much for the judicial system. who want s to hear from her,i wouldent see another o her movies if you paid me to go!!!!!!!
shes as bad as charlie sheen

1214 days ago
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