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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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31.

jt hunt    

Lohan looks like a 40 yr old crack w*ore

1246 days ago
32.

Greg    

If Lohan thinks she got the book thrown at her by the judge, she is as dumb as she looks. Why she didn't get at least a year in county jail is beyond me. Also, how the judge reduced the Grand Theft of the jewelry down to a misdemeanor is also beyond me. Anyone one else would be going to trail for a felony and looking at State Prison time with her priors.

1246 days ago
33.

Tom    

She is disgusting spoiled little rich girl. Guess she will have to kill someone before she gets what she deserves. Brave men and women are getting killed on battlefields around the world and this piece of trash gets headlines.

1246 days ago
34.

rebecca    

What does she need a standing ovation for. She has done nothing to deserve it...

1246 days ago
35.

Sam    

I used to be a fan and the first couple of times that she was busted, I thought no big deal. Now I see that she is a fool. Throwing a great career, in the garbage. I think she should go to jail but she won't ever change, she seems to be a sociopath.

1246 days ago
36.

Trish    

If I or my friends were in the audience, I guarantee she would not have had a standing ovation. I find her to be a spoiled and willful "starlet". Enough already. She is a mess and her managers are doing what they can to rescue her sorry career. She is not, I repeat not a great actress. Just a spoiled former child star will awful parents.

1246 days ago
37.

bob    

Did you see her going to court in that white dress. Wow. I had no idea she was so fine. All is forgiven. She can serve her sentence at my place.

1246 days ago
38.

Sam    

Jay is like Barbara Walters, he would have Hitler on, if he thought he would get an audience.

1246 days ago
39.

Sue    

Oh like some of you are sssssssssso perfect!!

1246 days ago
40.

AB    

I guess Jay's late night croud must be hitting the bars before the show. To give Linsay any applause is incomprehensible. She is just a burden to our court system and to society as a whole. She deserves to serve serious jail time.

1246 days ago
41.

laughin@stupid    

we dont care she blows hot air out her back end like the idiots in washington

1246 days ago
42.

Joe    

Didn't this Lohan female get time in jail this time, like over 120 days? I know Ir ead that soemplace but maybe I've gotten it wrong? Anyway, it's damn good she is finally going to do soe time, like we ALL wouldhave had to do long ago if we had done what she has. So I kinda disagree with those who are still saying that a gudge didn't give her what she had coming, I believe one FINALLY did! What I DO agree with are the people saying how truly outraged they are by the publics reaction to this female and her actions! A standing ovation?!?!? I'm all for giving other some suport whan they need it but COME ON!!! I wonder, how many of those people who were standing, clapping and chearing for this female would do the same if it were you or I up there??? For some reason, many people today actually feel that being on the Big Screen suddly make those people better than the rest of us. Well, once these Big Screem people effect one of the publics loved ones they will FINALLY see how they are just people like the rest of us are, NOTHING special there!!! Hell, who knoes, maybe those STUPID people would be OK with someone like Lohan hurting/killing one of their family members??? That way they could go around telling all the people they know just how "special" they are now, how a "Big Screen" person hurt/killed some of their family and be soooo proud of that fact!!!! What the HELL is worng with people today??????????

1246 days ago
43.

ralph    

More publicity for the " Poor Little Rich Girl". Better watch your wallet or pocketbook if you happen to be in the company of you-know-who. Of course I am glad that she is off the highways with her drunk driving to say the least.

1246 days ago
44.

defroh    

Just a few hours in jail from a 120 day sentence? I have a feeling I know what she's doing with her mouth when she gets in.

1246 days ago
45.

Valerie    

The right thing for both Lohan and Leno to do would have been to not have an interview. Of course that would not happen because it's all about viewers, fame, and money. She is essentially being rewarded for her behavior and will never learn her lesson if something doesn't change.

1246 days ago
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