Dina Lohan Does ‘The Today Show’

And proves that she should recuse herself from being Lindsay's mother

Dina Lohan, the mother of Lindsay Lohan who never met a camera she didn’t like, was a featured guest this morning on The Today Show where she was invited to talk about her daughter’s current legal woes, including her current 90 day stint in court-ordered rehab. Dina, being Dina, seemed thrilled at the opportunity to appear on national television. In her interview, a very scattered Dina tried to deflect the pointed questions asked of her by Matt Lauer and instead seemed only interested in talking about how Judge Marsha Revel recused herself as the judge in Lindsay’s case … as if blaming the judge was enough to negate all of Lindsay‘s crimes and her substance abuse addiction. Dina Lohan is a piece of work, I’ll tell you that. Here are a few screencaps from Dina‘s appearance on The Today Show and some deets about what she said:

An argumentative Dina Lohan – placing the blame on the judge no longer on the case and staunchly defending the behavior of her daughter Lindsay Lohan – appeared on Friday’s Today show, declaring there was nothing wrong with her child. “I’m not condoning drinking and driving, but she’s still paying the price for what she did in 2007,” said an often-agitated Dina, 47, referring to Lindsay’s two DUI cases from three years ago. As for Lindsay, 24, today, “She’s changed,” says her mother. “She’s grown up considerably.” Asked what accounted for this change, Dina told Today’s Matt Lauer, “Age. Living life. Knowing life. Growing up.” For now Lindsay is in inpatient treatment, but the District Attorney’s spokeswoman Jane Robison told PEOPLE Thursday she may get released “earlier than the 90 days” ordered. “It’s up to the judge to amend the court order or to send her to a new program. There are no standing court dates in Lohan’s case. There would have to be a hearing first to amend the judge’s orders,” Robison explained. Repeatedly accusing Judge Marsha Revel of “going overboard” and “playing hardball” by ordering Lindsay to jail for 90 days (she served 13) and into rehab, Dina said that information will be coming out next week showing that the jurist had to remove herself from the case before she was about to be fired. Defending Lindsay, who was at the Cannes Film Festival when she was expected in court in Los Angeles for a progress review, Dina said, “She was in [jail] for just missing a couple of classes and was working at the time.” In addition, Dina noted, by Lindsay’s being behind bars, “She missed driving classes.” The actress also came into personal contact with murderers, said her mother, adding, “She made friends with them.” Pressed about her daughter’s problems, Dina said, “That’s all propaganda,” and called tabloid coverage of Lindsay “pre-orchestrated. You’re reading things that are not based on fact.” Unlike Julia Roberts and other stars, said Dina, Lindsay’s behavior is unfairly scrutinized. “Her life is magnified. Her life is under a microscope … Lindsay doesn’t realize a lot of people are watching her.” Asked if she’s been there for her daughter – after a visibly frustrated Lauer first suggested that Dina, ex-husband Michael Lohan and Lindsay’s friends “have done nothing to help Lindsay” – Dina said that part of a parent’s responsibility is to grant a child her freedom. “When she was 19 and went out to Los Angeles,” said Dina, “I had to let her go.” Moving forward, however, Dina said Lindsay will be coming home to New York. For now, in rehab, “She’s great,” said Dina. “She’s been through a lot.”

For most of her young life, Lindsay Lohan has tried to blame other people for her crimes and mistakes … and it it plainly evident now where she learned such destructive behavior. Not once did Dina try to suggest that her daughter, convicted in 2007 for drunk driving, is at all responsible for her crimes. Not once did Dina even look concerned that her self-admitted substance-addicted daughter was going to be released early from a medical facility charged with saving her life … on the contrary, Dina seemed thrilled that her daughter might be released early. It is my humble opinion that Dina Lohan‘s enabling behavior may lead to her daughter’s ultimate destruction … it just grosses me out ENTIRELY. If you have a strong stomach and think you can handle it, you can watch Dina Lohan‘s interview on The Today Show in full, after the jump …


I absolutely believe that Lindsay Lohan is ultimately responsible for the trainwreck her life has become, no question, but I also believe that Lindsay learned this destructive behavior from her mother’s enabling ways. I hope and pray that Lindsay will, one day, be able to successfully defeat her demons … my fear is that her mother may end up being the ultimate demon that Lindsay will be unable to overcome and, sadly, may lead to her utter downfall.

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  1. canaussiegirl

    I have an overwhelming desire to call my momma after watching this and thank her for NOT being Dina Lohan.

    This woman is a piece of work. She was the glib one in this interview.

  2. taylorb

    If only Lindsay could eject both her mom and dad from her life she would be much, much better off.

  3. Mr,.Gyllenhaal

    “I had to Let her go”…..That says it all!! What parent says that?!?!? Ps is it me or is this how Snookie is going to be as a mom???

  4. kristy

    trainwreckkkkkk.. this bitch is all about excuses

  5. Alicia

    “That was 3 years ago. She was 19, she’s 24 now” … ummmm, yeah.

  6. Alicia

    I will say that I understand her frustration that her daughter is still paying for a crime that was committed 3 years ago. HOWEVER, it is obvious to us from from the outside that she is still paying for it because she refuses to cooperate. Had she made her probation a priority and completed it within all of it’s terms, the judge wouldn’t have had to “play hardball”. It’s just so incredibly sad that Lindsay and her mother don’t see that. And that “she missed a few classes because she was working” excuse is nonsense. Regular people who rely on their weekly paychecks for survival manage to complete their drug and alcohol classes.

    • @Alicia — The only reason Lindsay is being punished for a crime she committed 3 years ago is because she NEVER successfully paid for that crime.

  7. Bee

    Dina & Michael Lohan are truly rotten parents. I’m sure that they love Lindsay, but too not teach her that her actions (negative or positive) have direct consequences on herself & others, is completely & utterly irresponsible. I suspect that even if someone dies or is seriously injured, as a result of Lindsay’s drinking/pill popping, that they will find a way to place all of the blame on the unfortunate soul who had the mis-fortune to have crossed their daughter’s path.

  8. Nikki

    Oh. MyGod. I can’t believe that woman… she is so out of touch with reality it’s actually rather frightening. I don’t think she answered ONE questions… she seemed very scattered and intent on trashing her ex-husband and the judge and anyone else she could think of. And the whole ‘Julia Roberts didn’t get this kind of attention’ crap… um, last I checked, JR never went out clubbing and got arrested or got photographed with no underwear or when she was wasted or drove drunk or got into screaming matches or 10000 other nutjob things that Lindsay has done. Part of me feels sorry for Lindsay because she has a mother like this… but the bigger part of me doesn’t feel sorry for her and wishes she would see Dina for the messed-up famewhore that she is and break free of her… LL is 24 after all; it’s not like she needs a parent around. Sheesh. I was literally watching parts of that with my mouth hanging open… hard to believe Dina is actually that clueless and delusional….

  9. Kammie

    Somebody give Matt Lauer a raise.

  10. Alicia

    @Trent – I believe I said that.

  11. Spice

    The lesson here is if don’t want bad things to linger and follow you later in life – don’t do bad things. And by bad – I mean illiegal.

  12. SuziLee

    Right on Trent! If she’d gone to the classes and all like she was supposed to after the DUI’s etc in 2007 she wouldn’t be in this mess. Take responsibility for that part at least…. build your “work” schedule around the classes and get them taken care of like every other person does.
    I hate to to say this and sound wrong, but… god I’d pop as many damn pills as I possibly could if I had the trainwreck twins for parents too! I feel bad in some ways for Lindsay cause she is exactly as she would be being brought up by those 2. She’d be better off being raised by Wolves.

  13. Diana

    I get that stars were not followed around 15 or 20 years ago like they are now, but man, I can’t stand it when people find an excuse for their own actions. It sickens me!

  14. Javagirl

    What a nightmare. She talks about the judge recusing herself at least 4 times, but says she doesn’t want to talk about it, then goes on talking about it. She can’t even complete a full sentence without switching topics or saying “ya know…, I mean….” She even talks about herself and writing a book because she knows so much about ‘the business’ – wisdom she clearly did not impart to Lindsey….
    I can’t believe she actually thought she was positively representing herself and her family.

  15. K

    Wow. It’s pretty obvious the reason Lindsay is the way she is. If she’s surrounded by people as enabling as her mother, she will never get her life back on track. I can’t believe how in denial she is. No wonder Lindsay can’t take responsibility for her actions, she was obviously never taught how to. She just victimizes Lindsay through her whole interview. Yes, Lindsay is still paying for a crime she committed in 2007, but she never paid for it before! Not to mention, that is why we have probation. If you don’t follow the conditions of the probation, you will keep paying for it.
    Einstein only had 3 kids, and yet, these idiots somehow managed to have 4?!

  16. C

    She is so ridiculous, yes Lindsey is paying for a crime from 3 years ago, thats what probation is all about…staying out of trouble and being compliant instead of serving the time for the crime commited….I think other celebs such as Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton have completed their probation instead of continuing to get in trouble as Lindsey has…maybe the jodge was harsh but if Linds didnt act as thou she was above the law with the stunt in Cannes, it wouldn’t have happened….there are alot of people that have to work and cant pay probation or complete their hours, do they get a free pass, not its called VOP

  17. Saddlebred

    wowza…

    I propose a drinking game that accompanies this video. Every time Dina Lohan says “recused” “recuse”, “hardball” or “propoganda”, everyone drinks!!!

    Drunk in 5 minutes or less.

  18. Janelle

    @Saddlebred – I’d be throwing up and diagnosed OD of alcohol poisoning by the end of the video with that game!! :)
    I actually sat through this whole video. I’ve never watched an interview involving her before but now I understand why. It was like a train wreck – you can’t not watch. It’s an awful and disturbing situation to actually see right in front of you WHY Lindsay turned out the way she did. This is raw and true narcissism – she could be diagnosed as a sociopath, she honestly could. Family therapists are probably pulling their hair out seeing this mess. It’s absolutely disturbing to watch this lady. “I was never a stage mom.” Yeah right.

    Kudos to Matt Lauer for sticking through the whole thing without smacking her on the head with his papers.

  19. SantaBarbaraBabe

    Two words: Train wreck.

  20. Taylor

    I’m surprise that Dina hasn’t gotten in trouble with the law yet. I mean her ex husband and daughter both been in jail. It’s only matter of time before she gets there

  21. Tracy

    Two words….crazy bitch…

  22. Smoo

    ugh what a fucking moron

  23. dana j

    I watched 5 minutes of this piece of crap called an interview. frankly matt laurer was too soft on her. dina purposely skirted around questions and wanted to talk about the judge and other crap. if she was barred from saying thing, don’t do a goddamn interview. she and michael pull that crap when hit with questions that don’t revolve around them and their bitching.I think their egos are so damn big they couldn’t be contained in one house, but they deserved each other. lindsay I hope while in rehab can come to realize who is enabling her and cut them out of her life really soon. Dina wants to live through lindsay, the sooner that disfunctional bond is broken the better for lindsay.

  24. Jeff

    I completely agree with your assessment. Dina is a piece of work. Shes so addicted to the crumbs of fame that come her way by being Linday’s mom. And I’m sure she gets a percentage of anything Lindsay makes. So she’ll want her out working as soon as possible.

    Lindsay is super talented. But she is so immature and lost; and I think it’s because of Dina and her father, Michael, who is also a piece of crap, really.

    I love how Dina says she has been in the business, i.e. show business, for most of her life. The only acting mention she has on IMDB is ‘woman in airport’ (uncredited) for ‘Parent Trap.’

    She’s a joke. Lindsay will self-destruct and probably die an early death. But Dina doesn’t care; she can’t “look into the future.” All is OK with Lindsay. Right.

  25. EM

    Holy smokes. Not really sure what to say. This woman is an argumentative, defensive, ignorant bitch.

  26. mike

    My goodness she is a piece of work!

  27. Audrey

    She was coached by someone to say the same thing repeatedly. All I can say is I’m glad that she’s not my momma!

  28. bluet

    she needs to wake up

  29. sykosoo

    i TOTALLY understand… cuz i get HARDBALLED on a DAILY basis! and then i’m all in that hardballer’s face like “this is EFFIN PROPAGANDA! you need to RECUSE yourself before you ABUSE yourself! cuz i’m 24 now and three years ago, i was 19… i’m wiser now. i will get the attorney’s office on you. do you UNDERSTAND? IS THAT APPARENT? …or a parent? well no. neither.”

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