Behind the Scenes on 'Showbiz Tonight': Is Dina Lohan in denial?
August 16th, 2010
04:07 PM ET

Behind the Scenes on 'Showbiz Tonight': Is Dina Lohan in denial?

There's big outrage today after Lindsay Lohan’s mother said Lindsay did not deserve to serve jail time for violating probation.

Dina Lohan was grilled by the “Today” show’s Matt Lauer about her daughter’s bad behavior, asking whether or not she or Michael Lohan have done enough to keep her out of trouble. Dina called it all “propaganda,” and said that Lindsay’s situation has been “blown out of proportion.”

Staffers at the "Showbiz Tonight" meeting this morning were all in agreement that Lohan is in complete denial and should take at least some responsibility for Lindsay’s drama.

In that same interview, she revealed that Lindsay might actually be allowed to check out of rehab early and avoid serving the full 90-day rehab sentence. Is that just a big mistake? We’ll debate that today on the show, and you can join the debate by voting in today’s "Showbiz" poll: Lindsay Lohan’s parents: Who has done a better job of protecting her? Lindsay’s mom, Lindsay’s dad, or neither?

Another big story we’re following today is the box office showdown between Sylvester Stallone’s “The Expendables” versus Julia Roberts’ “Eat, Pray, Love.” “The Expendables” earned more than an estimated $32 million, while “Eat, Pray, Love” pulled in over an estimated $23 million. But the idea that a Julia Roberts movie could open behind a film based on a comic book with aging action stars got us wondering if Roberts is losing her golden touch. What do you think? Could “Eat, Pray, Love” prove to be bad news for Roberts?

We were also buzzing about Oprah Winfrey and her new OWN network this morning after new reports say Discovery Communications is putting in $89 million more into the network. As a result, Winfrey is reportedly going to have a bigger on-air presence on the network. But could this mean that Winfrey's network is already struggling? Is the queen of daytime talk getting a raw deal, or is she taking too many risks – especially hiring Rosie O’Donnell to join her venture? There will be Winfrey controversy and more on "Showbiz Tonight," live at 5 p.m. ETn on HLN.

And remember, we're still TV's most provocative entertainment news show seven days a week at 11pm ET/PT!

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  1. saunhi

    Tabloid Hate for $$ the Main Problem– When LiLo is 99 Years Old Tabloids will still be talking about her Dui at age 20.

    People will still be saying 'bad LiLo bad'.

    And Tmz will still be saying 'people luv gossip and we luv their $$'

    Leave LA prazzi stalkers and wont need anxiety medicine!

    August 18, 2010 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Marissa

    Dina Lohan is in as much denial about her daughter as Cindy Anthony is about hers...they are both idiots and BAD MOTHERS

    August 17, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dina is a dumb broad

    So all the pictures of Lindsey smashed out of her mind in public and of her wrecked car from her driving under the influence are "blown out of proportion"? I guess it's going to take her gravy train getting into a serious accident before she gets back to reality.

    August 17, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  4. sosideirish

    So, now they're talking about letting the train wreck out of rehab early? What kind of message does that send? She was found guilty of the crimes and should most definitely serve the entire sentence imposed. Boo, Hoo, Hoo, Dina. You're the biggest loser of the bunch. Can't wait to see what a mess you create with the youngest one. You're a POS!!!

    August 17, 2010 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  5. ginso

    Oh please if that was my daughter she would still be locked up. They all get special treatment. Dina, wake up and see the light girl!!! Your daughter is a mess. Your an idiot if you think she's gotta a bad rap omg!!! No wonder she's the way she is stop enabling her!!

    August 17, 2010 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jamal

    Dina makes Michael Lohan look like Father of the Year when compared to her. Don't count Lindsay out just yet. Maybe, just maybe she will see reality for what it is.

    August 17, 2010 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  7. Carol

    Dina isn't in denial – she probably uses drugs, too – hence, she wouldn't address the issue directly and lied about how many times Lindsey was in rehab. Sounds just like Lindsey's behavior. Dina is a horrible influence on Lindsey. The further Lindsey stays away from her mother, the better her chances for recovery.

    August 17, 2010 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  8. LYNN

    Has anyone every heard the mother, father and Lindsey speak? They are illiterate. They are the lowest of the low. The mother and father are living off of Lindsey, and very well. She is their meal ticket. I don't like Lindsey, but you have to feel sorry for her. Look at where she came from, and unfortunately, she isn't going anywhere, anytime soon. She needs all the help she can get. Her siblings should be taken away from the parents, and the parents put in some kind of detention center. They are totally unfit. It is really sad. If I had little ones, I would not let them anywhere near a film or TV show that Lindsey was on. She is not a role model for anyone!

    August 17, 2010 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  9. HB

    Her daughter will die an early death and she will be responsible.

    August 17, 2010 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  10. Kathy

    Dani...i completely agree with you that ppl are going to have to stop acting like Lindsey's action are to be the blame of her for what her parents really are, i don't know them well enough to call them pieces of s***....and Lori...stay away from her parents and take her siblings and move far far away???....Mandy, i don't think anyone looks up to her anyway from anything and everything i read and hear about this sad girl and this horrible disease such as drug addiction and alcoholism has such a grasp on her...and a whole lot of other ppl! i like Lindsey Lohan, and i think she is a talented young girl, and i agree she has problems, and she needs help ppl, she doesn't need to be ridiculed and read negative things about herself or her parents! i have struggled with drug addiction for 12 years now, and it is no cake walk to get away from that life style! this young lady is going to make all the wrong decisions, bad judgments because she is blinded right now by the drugs, and how do any of us know what her mother is trying to do??? the ones of you that have never had to deal with this disease, i am very happy for you, i am so sick of reading things like "they are losers" and i even read on a post somewhere else the other night someone made a comment that they didn't know why she didn't just go on and die! good-grief! if someone doesn't show this girl something other than hatred, you ppl may get your wishes, and i fear for all those out there that have been so eager to speak such harsh words because one day, they may eat crow!

    August 17, 2010 at 5:25 am | Report abuse |
  11. Mandy

    Lindsy Lohan is a mess and shouldn't even be looked up to anymore plain and simple!

    August 17, 2010 at 3:23 am | Report abuse |
  12. Dani

    Her parents are pieces of s@$# and the ones who directed her on this path-but you cant continue to blame them now that Lindsey Lohan is now and has been an adult-she needs to take responsibilty for her actions and her parents are just the other train wrecks she keeps with her because they support her discusting behavior.

    August 17, 2010 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  13. Lori

    Dina Lohan is the definition of a person in denial. She may be in her late 40s but she is as immature as they come. Both parents use Lindsay to achieve fame they are not talented enough to get on their own. As for Lindsay having to serve time, yes, normally people don't serve serious jail time for DUI but when you've already done it once before and then you keep putting off your alcohol education classes, you have to pay the price. Lindsay is lucky she never hurt or killed anyone. This young woman needs to stay away from both of her parents! She should take her younger siblings and move far, far away, out of the spotlight and in with some down to Earth, firm but loving PARENTS... not friends, but PARENTS and learn some valuable life lessons.

    August 16, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ChollyGee

    The Lohans are all co-dependent on each other, Lindsay is the goose that laid the golden egg and Mommy & Daddy are riding her all the way to the bank. They do not care what happens to Lindsay as long as they can get TV appearances out of the deal. I find Julia Roberts to be repulsive and too thin and always making the same type of movie...more like Nibble Mope Sigh.

    August 16, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. RRH97006

    Dina Lohan doesn't care about anything but a meal ticket...Does either parent hold a job other than hanging on to their adult daughter? If Lindsay Lohan becomes so entrenched in substance abuse that she is unable or unwilling to become a citizen of the planet that is productive, Dina and Michael Lohan will be shoving the other daughter further in the entertainment industry. If these horrible parents (and, seemingly horrible people) would grow consciences and leave their children alone, get jobs and stop living off these children that will likely not live long, they are candidates for jail themselves.

    August 16, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Pat

    Just a matter of time and this story will have a tragic end to it. Sad that there is no one to help her along. No doubt this broad that masquerades as her mother goes to the hospital and tells her she doesn't need to be there, that there isn't anything wrong with HER, it's everyone else. Too bad they can't lock up both her parents.

    August 16, 2010 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  17. suzy diamond

    There should be a court order keeping this woman away from Lindsey! SHE is the enabler! She's in such denial that she doesn't know what planet she's living on! This woman is SO hungry for publicity she's pathetic!

    August 16, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Makgroom

    I sympathize with any child who has a parent or parents who aid in the self destruction of their child.

    August 16, 2010 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  19. saunhi

    Prescription Anxiety Drugs: Erratic Behavior a Known Complication– Disclosed in probatn report. Also her dad lobbied court since 2007 to block doctors from prescribg!

    This time Rehab is to unhook from Prescriptn Drugs.

    ALL her drugtests passed for illegals- now they'll control the Prescriptns that doctors are allowed to give her.

    August 16, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  20. AshannaK

    I wouldn't say that the Lohans are losers, but Mama Lohen has a definite problem.
    Maybe if she'd watched over her children more, the current situation wouldn't
    have happened. But then, I come from a family that took care of each other.

    August 16, 2010 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  21. blah!

    listen ppl dina is her mother and this is why shes sticking up for lindsay jus like the rest of your mothers would, and i can speak on that because i lost my mother and she wasnt the best mother so im happy that she grew up knowing that her mother would be by her side in situations like this or worse! so keep your comments to yourself. ppl are so judgement its not even funny!

    August 16, 2010 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brooke

      @Blah!-apparently your mother is a terrible mother because mine would never feed into my delusions that I was fine when obviously I'm sick. My mom (which is ACTUALLY a good mom) tells me the truth even if it hurts because she wants me to be happy AND healthy. Why dont you go back to your cloistered, coddled against of living in a bubble of ignorence. Ignorence is bliss but ignorence is still ignorence.

      August 17, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  22. JTV

    Trash is trash. Just goes to prove you don't have to be the mother of a black athlete who's been in trouble to be stupid. The acting and sports industries take people who would normally be asking, "Do you want a combo meal with that?" or "For $2.00 we'll dress the tires." and gives them more money than they could ever intellectually handle! Remember: "You can take the girl out of the trailer/ghetto, but you can't take the trailer/ghetto out of the girl!!!

    August 16, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  23. CA Native

    Some people should just not be allowed to reproduce. The Lohans fit the bill to a t

    August 16, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  24. portalpunk

    I usually give losers the benefit of the doubt just for fun, but this lady is a train wreck, Lindsey probably learned via example how to drink and drive, her mom just hasnt been caught yet.

    August 16, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  25. monnie

    dina lohan needs a brain transplant

    August 16, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • PeterE

      ...and, if you've been reading the posts, so do carol, Jodi Adams & Paul Whittaker. It is obvious that Dina's spin patrol are posting. It's sad that such a talented (and she really is) actress didn't have parents to reign her in and teach her right from wrong. Instead she ended up with a wanna be manager and a her sperm donor.

      August 16, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Paul Whittaker

    I think two weeks in jail was about what LiLo deserved (with 90 days way too much and way more than an unknown person would get). And who is anyone to question the opinion of professionals at UCLA about how long she needs to be in rehab.....Rehab is supposed to be about helping a person get their life together, it's not meant to be punishment like jail. Judge Revel did indeed "play hardball" at the expense of a vulnerable, frightened young woman and richly deserves whatever sanctions she receives. It is none of my business to judge the Lohans as parents (I sort of like Dina and can't stand Michael).

    August 16, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • foreva

      I agree the judge did "play hardball" and i'm glad she is off the case. The D.A was only asking for 30 days.

      August 16, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Famous

    I just wonder do her parents stand to gain any thing if "HollyWood" loses this star to a drug over dose! money, property, etc..

    August 16, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  28. ckrenshaw

    The judge played hardball? Please. If I chased down someone in an SUV with coke in my pocket (The last case I bothered looking at) I would've recieved around ten to twenty YEARS, Not DAYS. It reminds me of Drew Barrymore's mom. Lindsey is over eighteen, needs to keep contact with mom and dad to a bare minimum. As for Julia Roberts, the woman still has it, but EVERY movie buff I know went to the expendables this weekend to see the action dream team, spanning from the eightys until today.

    August 16, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  29. stu

    w/ all her daughters $ she still looks like trash! wonder if she'd go on the
    Today show if her innocent daughter killed some1 during 1 of her DWI's?

    August 16, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Jodi Adams

    Please folks stop making yourselves look stupid. Linds went to jail because her estranged father and a judge wanted to make themselves famous off Lind's back. The UCLA medical center would not be considering letting her go home before the first 30 days is over if she had an actual drug abuse problem. Linds is on prescript meds for ADHD and most likely antidepressives because of her father. This man has not been in her life for years and now we have seen him post photos he took of his girlfriend while she was sleeping and post the nude pics......this man is trash and should be sued by all doctors that may be on the list he gave to police claiming they over prescribed to his "daughter".

    August 16, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wolfen

      Jodi: That was some funny stuff. Critics of LiLo are making themselves look stupid? Funny. I actually thought it was LiLo ad DiLo that had sucked all of the stupid out of the environment. UCLA can be bought. There is also a HUGE difference between chemical dependence (what UCLA could treat) and psychological addiction (what LiLo clearly has). Her problem isn't that her body requires the drugs/alcohol. It's that her sad litle life and lack of mature coping skills requires them. And the fact that no one has ever said NO to her in the past 20 years.

      August 16, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Dwight Osborne

    At her age and with her fame and fortune, it's nobody's job to protect her but her own. It's high time Lindsey took responsibility for her actions and control of her own life.

    August 16, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Annette Ortiga

    Sad, Sad, Sad...... With a mother like that, Lindsey doesn't have a chance.

    August 16, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Joe

    I hear Tila Tequila needs an opening act for her next show. Can we sign the up the Lohans and pass out bottles and rocks at the door?

    August 16, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  34. dina

    Eat, Pray, Love is a bad book and a worst movie. It preys on the fact that there are some women who buy this dribble. It sucks. The people like the action movies. Stupid is as stupid does and stupid people go to stupid movies. I resent a movie company that thinks this cliche book with a person who actually risked nothing can make a good movei, Julia Roberts or not. She is a pretty face but always Julia Roberts, vulnerable, searching, etc. etc,.etc. Either give her a good part of let her stay home and be a mother.Boring movie with good scenery.

    August 16, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      @dina. Eat, Pray, Love? Just exactly what have you been eating babe? This is a thread on Lilo, and not the review section for Julia Roberts' movie...don't drink and post.

      August 16, 2010 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • deedra

      Dina...i found Scott's reply to your comment amusing...don't drink and post...hey shouldn't drink and read, because obviously your vision was blurred during this paragraph!_____Another big story we’re following today is the box office showdown between Sylvester Stallone’s “The Expendables” versus Julia Roberts’ “Eat, Pray, Love.” “The Expendables” earned more than an estimated $32 million, while “Eat, Pray, Love” pulled in over an estimated $23 million. But the idea that a Julia Roberts movie could open behind a film based on a comic book with aging action stars got us wondering if Roberts is losing her golden touch. What do you think? Could “Eat, Pray, Love” prove to be bad news for Roberts?....

      August 17, 2010 at 4:59 am | Report abuse |
  35. Michelle T

    I watched Ms. Lohan on the Today show and she did nothing but repeatedly state the judge on the case was "basically fired" for making an example of her daughter and she answered almost every question with "the judge played hardball " because of who Lindsey is. Wake up Dina, you didn't raise a little angel and your excuse that she missed some of her required classes (but made them up) didn't find favor with the judge and certainly not the public. This is a sad example of parenting gone wrong. Ms. Lohan felt ambushed by Matt Lauer, I think he was being overly kind to Ms. Lohan's dodging of questions.

    August 16, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Craig

    I saw the interviewwith mat louer last week I couldn't believe she was so outmof touch with reality.

    August 16, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  37. MadCityBabe

    can anyone say "SUNDAMAGED"

    August 16, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  38. SHARON M


    August 16, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Catca

    I understand what Dina Lohan is saying in that usually you can get driving offenses expunged from a record after a year and these incidents were 3 years ago, but what Dina is failing to realize or accept is that the reason this is dragging out is because Lyndsay habitually violates the terms of her parole.

    August 16, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bizzalou

      driving offenses? Seriously? You make it sound sooo..umm miniscule. She was "caught" drunk driving twice, She lied about it both times, saying someone else was behind the wheel. She had cocaine on her person one of those times, and was chasing someone down with her vehicle! She failed to follow through with the conditions of her probation, and has shown nothing but disrespect for other people on the road, or the court, for that matter. She is manipulative, and quite spoiled. She is a product of her parents' poor child rearing skills. If she doesn't wake up and accept that she has a problem and vow to get right for her own benefit, she will not live to see the age of 30.

      August 16, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Perk

    This women has no grasp on reality!!!!.......if she acted like a mother instead of a BEST FRIEND or BIG SISTER....Lindsey would have been so much better off!!!!!!

    August 16, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  41. ML

    The Lohans are losers

    August 16, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • carol

      Please SHUT UP

      August 16, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • mary

      Sadly , you are right .
      The apple did not fall far from the tree with these two .
      Wish she could have moved out and away from them an been a winner but NO .
      Sadly . . .

      August 16, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • chief

      lohan will make a good midrange pick for the 2011 dead pool

      August 16, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • greg

      Julia Roberts: Sacharrine, faux sincerity

      August 16, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • m3btrfly

      Losers, maybe, but the mother Dina IS in complete denial. Denial because if she admits to Lindsey's very real problems of addiction and whatever else, she will have to accept her own publicly. An unselfish mother would do it in a heartbeat....

      August 17, 2010 at 3:20 am | Report abuse |
    • m3btrfly

      Carol, oh shutting up is the worst thing possible for Lindsey right now. Shutting up could very well end a life full of potential, who cares about the career, this her life those that care are talking about. Face it, her parents TOTALLY enabled her to this point. So Carol you can shut up, but those that love Lindsey should be screaming from the top of their lungs to save this still lovely young lady. This is her chance but if mommy gets her out of rehab prematurely, she may as well plan her funeral as well.

      August 17, 2010 at 3:25 am | Report abuse |

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