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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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The pools were packed this weekend in Las Vegas -- and the stars were all ready to show off their bikini bods!

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"90210" star AnnaLynne McCord stepped out with her sister, Angel, for a bachelorette party for good friend Sara Oriolo at Wet Republic at the MGM. Fun fact: Oriolo is engaged to Kellan Lutz's brother, Brandon.


Rachel Bilson -- Black Bikini Babe


Former "O.C." star Rachel Bilson soaked her sexy pale flesh in Barbados over the weekend.

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The 29-year-old was joined by her on-again, off-again boyfriend Hayden Christensen.


Celeb Card Sharks -- You Bet!


Don't let their good looks fool you -- these stars have some serious hustle when it comes to playin' poker!

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Check out which stars know how to play their cards right!


Guess the Celebrity Brace Faces!


Can you guess whose pretty celebrity smiles are getting straightened out with a little help from some braces?

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Steve Wynn -- All Shook Up Over Looming Nuptials


Steve Wynn mocked his own wedding last Thursday in a faux ceremony where he dressed like the other king of Las Vegas.

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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. 

Check back ... we've got the "wedding" video on the way too.


Meet Sweden's Sexy Prince and More Eligible Royals!


Prince William will be off the market when he marries Kate Middleton this Friday -- but there's still plenty of eligible royals out there for the taking!

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Your dream of becoming a prince or princess can still be a reality -- check out this gallery of unmarried royals, including William's brother Prince Harry, gorgeous Princess Madeline of Sweden and sexy Prince Carl Philip of Sweden.


Celebrity Scramble!


Can you which little ray of celebrity sunshine was given a fancy facial scramblin'?

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Drummer Roger Taylor in Queen: 'Memba Him?!


Roger Taylor is best known for playing the drums and singing opposite Freddie Mercury in the British rock band Queen. Guess what he looks like now!

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TMZ's Wacky Wedding Photo Contest!


With the much anticipated super-stuffy Royal Wedding right around the corner -- we thought a Wacky Wedding Photo Contest was a must!

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So if you and your loved one had a silly ceremony -- or you tied the knot in a not-so old fashioned way -- email in a picture and you could score a $250 prize and some great gifts from TMZ!

**CLICK HERE for contest rules and regulations!**

142 COMMENTS

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46.

Johannes    

The Jay Leno Show was all pre-recorded and the audiences were amimated and sound controled for 'effect'. LOHAN is non-news worthy material. We Can Find Better !

1245 days ago
47.

Bill    

...it's card sharp....not card shark !!!!!

1245 days ago
48.

tremblay ME    

PLEASE all you legal fools-put this girl in solitary for 2 weeks,then GP for at least 2 years--Then and ONLY THEN she might have grown a usable brain--Thank you!

1245 days ago
49.

momof7tails    

Lindsay is another one of society rotten brats, along with Paris Hilton, I do admire the one that broke away and had a child and seems to be straighten up. Im apologise I cant remember her name--Nicole Ritchie. Its giving kids outragous amounts of money and having power. The break the law, then do the time.I dont care if they cant get their nails done or hair, make them do community service of going to hospitals and rocking babies or in a animal shelters make them read to the older people in a nursing home setting or soup kitchen.

1245 days ago
50.

BeReal    

LiLo received another slap on the wrist by the Judge. She will continue to recieve preferential treatment because of her fame. There's no getting around the celebrity mystique, even for judges.

1245 days ago
51.

JUDY    

IT MATTERS NOT WETHER SHE KILLS HERSELF OT NOT THAT IS HER PROBLEM, SHE IS OLD ENOUGH TO KNOW THE CONSEQUENCES OF HER ACTIONS. WHAT DOES MATTER IS, THAT SHE MAKES FUN OF THE WHOLE JUDICIAL SYSTEM ABND FUN OF THE JUDGE WHO ODERED HER TO JAIL. THIS GIRL NEEDS A GOOD DOSE OF JAIL TIME AN IF FATHER AND MOTHER WOULD HAVE BEEN THE PARENTS THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN SHE MAY NEVER HAVE SEEN A JAIL. HOW CAN PARENTS WITH ADDICTION PROBLEMS COREECTLY RAISE CHILDREN. THIS IS A MATTER OF CHOICE NOTHING ELSE BY THE TIME MY CHILDREN WENT TO SCHOOL I GURANTEE YOU THEY KNEW RIGHT FROM WRONG AND THEY ALL INCLUDING MY SEVEN GROWN
GRANDCHILDREN THE RIGHT WAY WITH NO PROBLEMS. LINDSEY WILL SOONER OR LATER FALL VERY HARD IF SHE CONTINUES DOWN THE PATH SHE IS ON RIGHT NOW. PEOPLE PAY WAY TOOOOO MUCH ATTENTION TO HER AND THAT IS WHAT SHE WANTS. FORGET ABOUT HER PROBLEMS, THEY ARE HERS AND NOT OURS.

1245 days ago
52.

JAMIE    

Doubt that she will be given the right chores such as clean toilets and scrub floors and will be back in court soon - need a stronger Judge.

At least I know one movie I will not be seeing.

1245 days ago
53.

Nikolai    

All I know is if that was me or anyone else...We'd all be in jail...360... hours of community service...I got that for gettin caught with some pot...**** you lohan

1245 days ago
54.

Robin Swift    

Stupidity is the hallmark of entertainment nowadays. Glad I grew up with 78rpm records, big bands and radio programs like Suspense, Richard Diamond, Sam Spade and Our Miss Brooks.

As a matter of fact, there are several websites that run continuous old time radio shows. And many of them sound better now than when they were first on the air, thanks to digital audio processing. So digital ain't all bad, boobelah!

1245 days ago
55.

ML    

waste of talent.

1245 days ago
56.

JOHN KING    

LOHAN WAS THE BUTT OF MANY OF JAY LENO'S JOKE WRITERS HAHA'S. LOHAN PUT MONEY IN JAY LENO'S POCKET WITH HIM MAKING FUN OF HER. THEIR HOLLYWOOD MARRIAGE MADE IN HEAVEN.

1245 days ago
57.

butch    

LOHAN, What A Loser. No way will She Go Straight.I give her less than 6 Months to Muck up again. She thinks she is Untouchable. I Bet she will do some real Time in the Future. She is a Train Wreck looking for a Place to Happen!

1245 days ago
58.

cozycall    

Just goes to show the character and the mentality of the people who attend leno.

1245 days ago
59.

Lee    

Leno - how low can you go? Quit mollycoddling these felons. She is just trash. They should HIDE their faces instead of putting them out front!!
Please, please, someone set the Justice system on the right road.

1245 days ago
60.

Lorna    

Lindsay needs to pay like the rest of us do! She is no better than anyone else.

1245 days ago
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