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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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91.

John    

Amazing! How in the world the American people have become so tolerant of the behavior of those in the "limelight" is way beyond my comprehension. When I was a youngster, I was held to considerable scrutiny by the adults in my family and among our families friends. This just isn't happening in this country anymore, there are no standards of proper behavior anymore. We as a society just don't give a good crap what we allow ourselves to tolerate. This woman is a very sick alcoholic/drug addict who has somehow gotten to be some sort of a cult icon. Is this the type individual that young parents want their children to emulate? I sure hope that isn't the case, but I have an idea that we no longer can differentiate between right and wrong and thus we allow ourselves to stand up and applaude her behavior as "commendable" What a joke, what a shame.

1246 days ago
92.

jb    

the standing O should not surprise you guys...it's the same folks who can vote for an obama or a clinton(don't worry, I didn't vote for either bush either)

1246 days ago
93.

Sharonlynn    

Gotti Movie? What laughter I feel. That movie is already a big box office flop with Travolta and Lohan. I'm sorry but John Travolta is an action/adventure actor, not a serious Gotti Godfather. Lohan is a lush and drug addict that nobody wants to see in theaters. It's sad to see nothing but flops making it in theaters now. This movie is not going to be the next Goodfella or Casino. It seems Hollywood has gone Canadian and lost all it's pride.

1246 days ago
94.

john    

Clearly Lohan is very popular. It appears that the Jewish Media hates her and is gunning for her they way they have done to other Christian girls (Britney, Paris, etc etc etc).

Its nice that fellow Christian actors like Leno, Travolta, etc are helping her.

1246 days ago
95.

jerome    

What the hell is wrong with the media? Why are they even wasting their time interviewing this burnout? They are keeping this piece of garbage in the public eye. She has no respect for anything or anyone. She is a worthless piece of s**t.

1246 days ago
96.

meathead5000    

@steve-a-rino. well put. niclase, lindsey, yers. 3/4 of these people can`t even spell, so I`m sure they were not out carrying little old ladies grocery bags when they weren`t in school.They were doing stuoid things just like 95% of us did. Stop bitching about Lindsay not getting life in prison and spend your time learning how to spell and write a sentence people.

1247 days ago
97.

jay    

YOU KNOW THE BIG SHOTS IN AND SIT ON THE BOARD OF NBC SHOULD LOSE ONE OF THEIR OWN BY THE HANDS OF THIS LOSER LOHAN WHEN SHE IS OUT ON HER DRUNKENSS AND FILED WITH DRUGS,RUNNING THROUGH HER VAINS,AS WITH JAY LENO AS WELL,THEN MAYBE THEN THEY WILL SEE WHAT SHE IS ALL ABOUT,{{ ME ME ME ME }} NO ONE ELSE MATTERS,NOT EVEN YOUR CHILDREN,HOW SOON WOULD IT BE THEN THAT NBC & LENO BE WILLING TO HAVE THIS CRAZY MORON ON THEIR SET LET ALONE ON AMERICA'S TV.WE ALL NEED TO BOOT OFF LENO AND GET SOMEONE ON THERE THAT AT LEAST HAS SOME RESPECT FOR OTHER LIVES AND OUR CHILDREN ,BUT LIKE THEY SAY, MONEY YOU GOT, FREEDOM YOU GET,SAME WITH THE JUDGES THAT LINDSAY STOOD BEFORE THEM,AND SAID GIVE HER A BREAK, SHE PAID FOR MY NEW CAR,OR MY LUNCH,

1247 days ago
98.

charlylnn    

Lohan, being a celebrity in this sick world we live in and the money you make thinking you can buy your freedom over and over. And the hungry lawyers for your money to get you off over and over. You did the crime and you should be just as guilty as someone else who has done the same crimes but are living in prison or jail for months or years. Your poop smells just as bad. Everyone, including the rich and famous you do the crime you do the time period. The lawyers are smiling as they take the money to the bank.

1247 days ago
99.

kathy     

And I am not surprised Jay Leno is supporting the little brat, either. They BOTH need to sit in jail, evidently. And I am sick to death of judges that say "you're no different from everybody else", then make a mockery of the justice system by giving her.what.......six whole days in jail or something? Its ridiculous

1247 days ago
100.

seadog    

You think maybe its time to topple those "Ivory Towers" these people live on ? Not going to happen....as long as society keeps giving these people "standing ovations" for being screw ups!

1247 days ago
101.

Tony    

She looks ruff, at 24 then she make Sharon Stone look 28-30.

1247 days ago
102.

kathy    

Jay Leno is only a laughing matter, use to watch his shows but not anymore. Not only will I not watch him but I refuse to buy any product that sponsors him on the tonight show. Lindsey Lohan, forget it, the woman has had more second, third, forth chances and continues to make a mokery of the judicial system! Shame, shame, shame on all the judges who have ignored her habitual of defying the law and getting a way with it. I will never buy a ticket to see any movie she is in!!!!!!

1247 days ago
103.

mike    

If she were thrown in jail for life, I wouldn't care as 99.99% of Americans don't. She's a loser that doesn't deserve publicity, Charlie Sheen as well. Losers..

1247 days ago
104.

dave williams    

What? Is it true that really happened? I was caught bare handed with 2.4 grams of coke for another person and got 5 years. Total price of coke; 200 dollars. Price to me and my family?; undetermined but huge. Lohan robs a jewelry store, tells a judge to go to hell and gets community service? I ambarrassed my family, friends and myself. I took the punishment cause I had the drugs.First and last felony for me. Good riddence Lohan and Leno.

1247 days ago
105.

charlylnn    

And for the spritual people out there, we are all gods children. We should learn from our mistakes but we also should not spare the rod. How can she feel the effect of her mistakes to learn by them if she isn't punished for them and keeps getting away with them. Consequences should be there for the good as well as the wrong choices we make in lifes. We as parents punish our children,why to teach them right from wrong. Not to hurt them. But to help them grow into the best they can be. Its called disipline with LOVE. We LOVE our children as we also punish them.

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