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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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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.


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121.

das    

let one of you that is without sin cast the first stone..bet we all have some skeletons in the closet...

1253 days ago
122.

Cabesa de Pito    

Jay Leno sucks NBC BALLS

1253 days ago
123.

Angel    

OMG people, get over it. so many of you stating that she is evil, useless, criminal and calling her bad words really? this is pathetic, if we were in the old days you would each be throwing a stone at her and yet she is the evil one. I wonder how perfect each one of you goes through life, bet if you had cameras in your faces 24/7 we would see that none of you are perfect and probably just as evil. We are all human and we make mistakes!

1253 days ago
124.

Netsky    

I wholeheartely agree with Dr. B. This woman is playing everyone for a fool. Every time she pulls one of her stunts she has a legion of people behind her bailing her out. Why is it that the Charlie Sheen's, Paris Hilton's and Lindsey Lohan's of this world get a pass with their disgusting behavior and are let out with the possibility of hurting an innocent person? And please, don't tell me about how her parents are so worried about her!

1253 days ago
125.

pamela    

So, everyone beat down the young girl, ummm seems to me none of you people are virgins, nor were you running around with your roseary at the age of 24, yikes, people get famous and all the nobody's of the world actually thing their opinions mean a rip. Ha ha ha, they dont.

Oh an Charlie doen't give a **** what you all think either. LMAO

1253 days ago
126.

ALICE    

WHAT IS HAPPENING TO OUR WORLD?????
WE REALLY NEED TO OVERHAUL THE JUSTICE SYSTEM
IN THIS COUNTRY
SHE HAS HAD TOO MANY CHANCES AND GOES RIGHT BACK TO
THE SAME OLD THINGS
GIVE HER THE SAME TIME ANOTHER LESS FAMOUS PERSON
WOULD GET IN JAIL.MAYBE THAT WOULD CURE HER
STOP MAKING A MOCKERY OF THE COURTS

1253 days ago
127.

Betty    

I agree with JOE.....

1253 days ago
128.

Ron    

If she kills someone and she will, because she doesn't have to be held accountable, I think the judges and all who have been involved in getting her off should go to jail or at least get sued by the relative of the deceased

1253 days ago
129.

Sal    

Lohan is white and rich. She needs to move to Florida as that combo would make her above the law.

1253 days ago
130.

michelle    

Don't you people know that the show producers and assistants tell the audience what to do?! She didn't receive a geniune ovation. This is gow it works peeps! That's exactly why she picked Jay! She even said so. But in a very PC way!

Duh!

1253 days ago
131.

budo    

Standing ovation????!!! For WHAT!!!????? This society is TRULY getting sicker by the minute.

1253 days ago
132.

Lilly    

I am glad she said the one things people fail to realize that when you are young you tend to do drastic things. I knew that if she got it out when she was young that she would be fine when she did grow up. What make this ugly is when you continue to do this into your middle ages or golden years then I would agree with others she has a problem but being young is when you should make the transition from erratic childhood to adulthood.

1253 days ago
133.

franksdreamland    

WHY DO PEOPLE PUT THIS TRASHY WOMAN ON AOL. SHE IS A NOBODY. PLEASE DO NOT CALL HER A STAR. SHE IS NOT A STAR. SHE IS A THIEF.

1253 days ago
134.

Dianne    

Jay Leno has really gone down in my estimation. He'll do anything for ratings including allowing this little troll to waltz in, take over, get another guest bumped, and allegedly received a standing ovation. HUH? For what? Being an addict, a criminal, an on again-off again lesbian, a demanding little manipulator.

1253 days ago
135.

Jeff    

A standing ovation? Why? Because she showed up not wearing an orange jumpsuit, care of the county? Until she actually re-ceives punishment that actually means something, like a year of hard labor in the county jail, she won't have learned anything. Except, of course, post-graduate work on how to play the sys-tem. Again. As for Letterman, he's just a bitter old has-been. And Leno never was funny. The Tonight Show ended when Mr. Carson retired. Nobody else even comes close.

1253 days ago
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