Lindsay Lohan, who went to court last Friday to begin proceedings leading up to the start of her theft case and got slapped with a 120-day jail sentence for probation violation (which she is now appealing), made a surprise visit to The Tonight Show with Jay Leno here in LA last night to give not only her first interview since being sentenced to jail time (again) but her first TV interview in ages! Because she recently nabbed a role in the Gotti biopic, she had something other than jail to talk about so the interview (which was taped yesterday and will air tonight) was kind of a win/win for both Lindsay and Leno.
Lindsay Lohan apparently received a standing ovation from the crowd after a candid interview on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. In an appearance filmed to air on the US talk show tonight the host asked the troubled actress about touchy subjects including her court appearance and brief jailing, her family and what she’s learned from her experiences. The Mean Girls actress is a late addition to the show, knocking a scheduled guest, Broadway and Glee star Kristin Chenoweth, to another date. Lilo apparently told Leno she found the sentence ‘shocking’ and said it her left her ‘kind of numb.’ Leno asked Lohan, ‘At what point did you realize, ‘Oh my God, I could lose this, this could slip away from me?” ‘I think that when, you know, being young and being in the position I was in, you don’t really take the time to appreciate what you have and it’s all kind of a whirlwind, and people make decisions for you,’ Lohan said. ‘But I’m not a kid anymore – I’m 24, I’ve made a lot of mistakes and I recognize that. I’m in the clear now, and as long as I stay focused, I can achieve what I want to achieve.’ The 24-year-old also talked about playing the wife of John Gotti Jr. in the crime family movie, Gotti: Three Generations … The actress is currently on bail after spending five hours in the Lynwood Correctional Facility on Friday following the preliminary hearing into her alleged theft of a $2,500 necklace. Lohan will be appealing the sentence, although legal experts say it is unlikely she will win it. Producer Nathan Folks, a friend of Lindsay’s, told People.com that she is ‘upset’ over the 120 days jail she has been sentenced to. ‘She is angry because she has been working so hard on turning her life around,’ Folks said, insisting Lohan is clean and sober. A Los Angeles judge sentenced Lindsay to 120 days for violating her probation by taking a designer necklace, a charge the judge reduced from felony grand theft to a misdemeanour.
HMMM … it sounds like Lindsay gave all the right answers to the softball questions thrown at her. It’s interesting that she acknowledges that she made “a lot of mistakes” but the real test of her character will be how she plans to PAY for those mistakes. The girl has professed how sorry she is for everything over and over and over … ad naseum … and, yet, she continues to get into trouble with the law. Could this be the turning point in her life that will set her on the straight and narrow? It’s possible … unlikely … but possible. And how, you may be asking, did Leno manage to score this interview with L. Lo when so many other talk shows wanted her too? Well, it turns out that Lindsay is the one that chose Leno … according to TMZ, she is “grateful” to the way he has treated her over the years so she wanted to repay with this interview:
Jay Leno won the battle for Lindsay Lohan because the actress feels “grateful” for the way he’s treated her over the years … 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 Lohan has been receiving several offers to appear on several 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.”
As far as PR moves go, this is a good one. I’m ALL for the reformed bad girl making good … but she needs to actually make good FIRST before she can be forgiven. She may be out on bail now but she will have to face that 120 day jail sentence for probation violation at some point … and then, of course, she has her upcoming trial for jewelry theft that she has to deal with as well. She may be saying she’s sorry on TV but until she pays for her crimes, she can’t really expect to be forgiven for the things she claims to be sorry for.
UPDATE: NBC has just released a short preview video of Lindsay‘s appearance on The Tonight Show, which will air tonight:
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