Oprah’s Australian Surprise: A Week Down-Under!

September 14, 2010

Promising a final season premiere that would put all others to shame, the Queen of a talk shows certainly delivered on last night’s broadcast! Oprah’s Australian surprise gave all 300 members of the audience a week’s vacation to the land down under, and tickets to at least two shows that she will be filming in the country. Find out how it happened, plus pictures and video of the show below!

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The excitement was palpable as the show’s host kicked off her 25th and final season yesterday. The audience, brought to laughter and tears even before the show began, couldn’t have know the magnitude of the gift their favorite host had lined up for them.

“So I started to think about where would I most want to go,” she began saying, as the audience began conjuring up memories of previous seasons, where the crowd was given anything from iPads to Pontiacs.

“Maybe I should take you all with me to the other side of the world. We’re going to Australia!”

And the crowd went berserk. Topping it off, a faux-plane rolled onto stage, and opened it’s doors to reveal John Travolta as the pilot!

Oprah’s Australian surprise brought some of the audience to tears, but it wasn’t all good news for the world’s citizens. Not just a prolific host, the crafty businesswoman had bartered with the land down under and convinced the country to foot $3 million of her audience’s bill for the trip. The country’s tourism minister, Martin Ferguson, chalked the expense up to savvy advertising.

“We spent hundreds of millions of dollars over 30 years without much effect, I must say that honestly,” he told a news conference. “The publicity that Oprah will bring to Australia around the world is something you couldn’t buy. Oprah is a household name and her star power has the potential to life Australia’s profile as a premier tourist destination.”

I think Fergueson has been doing his homework! It’s a well-known fact that anything endorsed by the show’s host sees a huge boost in sales to her avid followers.

What do you think of Oprah’s Australian surprise? Is it the best gift given in the show’s generous past? Let me know in the comment section! And don’t miss the pictures and video below!

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Photos: www.wenn.com/Ivan Nikolov, FayesVision

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6 Responses to “Oprah’s Australian Surprise: A Week Down-Under!”

  1. 1
    Joan Says:

    Okay, she finally figured out a way to top the whole “you’re getting a car, you’re getting a car” thing!

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    Danity Says:

    Oprah can take me to Australia if she wants!

  3. 3
    Jen Says:

    @ Joan right!! She had to go big or go home i guess!

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    Rachelle Says:

    Oprah sure is going out with a bang and her last season just started.

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    Sandy Says:

    Where’s my ticket? ;)

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    Jeanette Says:

    I need to get myself on her show some time this season…