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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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76.

jim     

she,s heard this before GROW UP , or bout 5 yers in jail ,

1254 days ago
77.

jimtheatre    

I agree with almost all the post about lindsey......Now people if you all believe in what you have written DO NOT SUPPORT HER AT THE BOX OFFICE....Does this not make sense you are also helping this person to stay sick by giving her your money

1254 days ago
78.

Jerry    

Um, I think people gave her a standing ovation for choosing Leno(a nice caring guy) and chose to go on the talk show and talk about her problems. Not because they are happy she made bad choices but because she is obviously trying to change for the better and she even admitted she made a lot of bad choices.

1254 days ago
79.

henry sena    

lohan deserves what ever she gets. i still think she was set up with the niclase. i think the jewery store set her up for publicity.

1254 days ago
80.

meathead5000    

should allow me to handle her punishment. I will spank her & handcuff her

1254 days ago
81.

Joe Papierz Jr    

I can't believe the number of third and fourth grade intellects that write comments to AOL articles. Can't you sick people find anything better to do than insult others and make fun of people when they are down? Think about what you write. Lohan is just as much a child of God as you are. He loves everyone, even the imperfect ones. Why can't you just skip over the articles about her if your so sure you are perfect. Why do you feel the need to judge others? Do you cry yourself to sleep evey night because you weren't involved in the Salem Witch trials?

1254 days ago
82.

jay    

YEAH, WELL IM SURE LENO HAS BEEN THERE FOR HER FOR A FEW YEARS, IM SURE SHE HAS GIVEN IT UP TO JAY LENO FOR YEARS FOR FREE,WHY ELSE WOULD ANYONE BE THERE AND STAND BY HER SIDE, NO DIRECTOR WANTS HER IN ANY OF THEIR MOVIES UNLESS ITS, IM LOHAN,GIME ME DRUGS AND DRINK AND I WILL TRAVIAL TO YOU AND GIVE IT UP TO YOU,.NO ONE WANTS A WASHED UP HAS BEEN THAT WOULD DO ANYTHING FOR DRUGS AND A MIX DRINK,JUST GOES TO SHOW YOU THAT IF YOU GOT MONEY, DADDYS MONEY,AND MOST OF ALL HAVE A P@**Y YOU CAN GET OFF WITH A SLAP ON THE HAND,AND GIVEN THE BEST ROOM IN THE HOUSE, AS IN THE BIG JOKE HOUSE OF OUR SYSTEM, BUT LET IT BE REG, NORMAL PEOPLE THAT GET COUGHT DRINKING AND DRIVING MORE THEN ONCE, WE GO TO JAIL FOR 5 TO 10 YEARS, NO 2ND OR 3RD CHANCE,MONEY DOES BY HAPPINESS AND GET OUT OF JAIL AND HARD TIME FOR FREE TICKETS,

1254 days ago
83.

Rick    

The tonight show , had better clean the furinture after Lindsey sits in it never know weres its been and sure its nasty too, A standing ovation huh , bet that was staged and well be seeing tihs girl in prison for a long time here real soon . she will screw up and the judge will really throw book at her not just some cheap community service but a year or two in jail i hope .Anybody else would be locked up but not this hosebag,

1254 days ago
84.

R P Foster    

You know what scares me the most? This alcoholic, drug addicted slut sitting behind the wheel of her car instead of behind jail. I hope the Judge can live with herself if the tramp kills someone while under the influnce.

Do you really think that the average person who STEALS a $2500.00 necklace would get it bumped to a misdemeaner instead of a Felony. I don't think so.

1254 days ago
85.

Marty    

I REFUSE to hold up (or stand up) for a woman who has used drugs, violated our laws, and continues to make a joke out of our court system just because some jerk name Jay Leno thinks she's a prize guest! Where are Jay's values? He's NO JOHNNY CARSON that's for sure. As of tonight I will STOP WATCHING THE TONIGHT SHOW. THANK YOU JAY FOR PUTTING HER ON SO SHE CAN MAKE IT SEEM TO OUR YOUTH THAT YOU CAN BE AS SCREWY AS YOU WANT AND STILL BE HONORED. THIS IS NOT RIGHT JAY AND NBC SHOULD KNOW BETTER. ENOUGH ALREADY!

1254 days ago
86.

trish    

Is LL for real??? She's shocked at her punishment? She should have gotten more and we all know that! She thinks she can go on and do what she's been doing and she'll keep getting a slap on the hand (tisk-tisk bad girl, sort of thing).

1254 days ago
87.

davemac    

Her sentance was something like you might expect on the old

night court show.. A real laugh..

1254 days ago
88.

Steve    

Who cares what this crack head has to say? There are so many more important things in the world to worry about than this. I've already wasted enough time typing this post.

1254 days ago
89.

kim    

Lindsay, I wish you the best. We all had our demands growing-up. What doesn't kill you will make you stronger. Go out and show them the new you. never doubt yourself!!!!

1254 days ago
90.

Steve-a-rino    

Unlike you bottom feeders, Lindsay has a long life ahead of her and she will find her way. When she does, you can all line up to kiss her ass! I like her acting, her singing and her images - she is gorgeous, talented and fun to watch. If you twits have led the perfect life why haven't we heard about you? Come on, admit to all the stupid, idiotic things you did when you were young, and be sure to do it on the national stage! Unless you were perfect in every way, go sit down, shut up and find something useful to do.

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