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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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61.

Menda    

I am sick and tired of her and Charlie. I will watch nothing they do. I wish they would just go away. Bad images for everyone.

1275 days ago
62.

Me    

Jay is very forgiving of thieves. Remember, he stole the Tonight Show away from a very unfunny man.

1275 days ago
63.

oldhorsema    

Just who is Lohsn and why is the media wasting so much time on this useless B-I-T-C-H ?

1275 days ago
64.

Annette9929    

Really really sad to clap for a person like this. Its no wonder they think they are above the law but guess they are - We would be in jail. Im sure he had gophers there clapping with signs to welcome the s***

1275 days ago
65.

Bren    

Oh, BOO HOO, poor Lindsay. NOT!!! I am tired of hearing about poor pitiful her. GET A LIFE. Send her to work on a farm or in a factory She would die. Another spoiled little rich kid who will keep getting in trouble. I have NO compassion for her what-so-ever. I am about to start crying from having to see her face in the news all the time. GROW UP Lindsey, or crawl back under your rock!! We DO NOT CARE!!! Get over yourself. Why do rich people always misuse their money and screw up their lives???

1275 days ago
66.

Dan    

WHO CARES PUT HER IN JAIL AND NOT JUST FOR SHOP LIFTING BUT ALSO FOR BEING A POOR EXCUSE AS A ACTOR !!

1275 days ago
67.

Lillie    

Mother of Jacque Penny!! So sick and tired of hearing about little L.L. and all her garbage as well as other little rich girls running amok. THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN LIVES AND CHOICES! As bad as they are. They're no different from anyone else so why should she try the self pity party crap and you all buy it. Think about it she's an actor... I don't feel sorry for her at all just like I don't feel sorry for OJ who's sitting right here in Vegas in his own "private room". It will all catch up to them if they think they're above it all- just ask OJ.

1275 days ago
68.

lucky    

Jay and lindsay are morons. He as the host should have reminded her that parole violation and theft come with consequences. He is such a kiss up and she is just an idiot. No wonder intelligent people watch Dave Letterman!

1275 days ago
69.

Sam Lupowitz    

Enough with this crap that she should be excused from her actions because she was young and famous and had people around her to make all of her decisions. All that is is crap. If you steal a necklace, you go to jail. Period, end of story. Next.

1275 days ago
70.

jim    

Lohan comes off like she is very very stupid!! Maybe that is her problem?

1275 days ago
71.

Soread    

and according to reports, she received a standing ovation when she walked on to the set. for or why being a lez/ tramp and a drug/theif.

chose Leno because, "He has been nothing but good to her and her family over the years ... and has always been protective of her." right what awaste of air space and show. Every one else would have ripped he to shreads and U would have seen the true person what a fake.

sentence was to light and she should have gotten the book thrown at her. For being a habitual/druggie and a looser. But because she's L Logan she got off easy and light. Plus was a female judge.

1275 days ago
72.

mitch    

I'm sure that the audience was hyped up before Lindsay Lohan came out. The audience was probably told to stand up and cheer.
I guess we've become a population that applauds criminals. Did we forget that Lindsay Lohan IS A CRIMINAL?
Lindsay Lohan: :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." Is going to jail her GOAL???
Once again....it sickens me to find out again that RICH PEOPLE GET OUT OF JAIL. THE POOR PEOPLE GO TO JAIL. This is JUSTICE???

1275 days ago
73.

proudnavywife1996@yahoo.com    

Fred, you are an idiot. I would want my 13 year old, IF she acted as Lohan does, to punished just like the rest of the 24 year old losers out there. This young woman has placed so many people in harms way.....half assed star or not......punish her according to her crimes.

1275 days ago
74.

Ruth    

Wow, Jay must have the stupidest audience in the world. LL is just plain disgusting, time for her to get out of the media spotlight and try to learn to act like a decent human being. Maybe a move to the Artic Circle would help. Jay was the lowest on my evening viewing list before, now he isn't on it at all.

1275 days ago
75.

Rick    

Sad sad situation. If this is what America is allowing their children to look up to as a role model, then the country is in very serious trouble. I cannot belief that Jay Leno would even think of having her on his show. I used to be a fan of his, but no more. Jay, you are getting as low as "the Donald. Clean up your act. Johnny Carson would never have put her on his show.

1275 days ago
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