Oprah Winfrey is set to film two episodes of her talk show at the Sydney Opera House in December, bringing her audience with her,
“This is really my last chance to do something really big,” Winfrey told audiences at her season premiere. “And if you want to do something big, you would want to take along your ultimate viewers.”
“I started to think about where would I most want to go. Maybe I should take all of you with me to the other side of the world…We’re going to Australia! We are going to Australia! You and you and you and you, are going to Australia!” she added.
John Travolta then drove a makeshift Qantas plane onto the stage as confetti fell and the audience began screaming.
Updated: “We’ll sail Sydney Harbour, some will sample shiraz in Aussie wine country and others will shop ’til they drop in trendy Melbourne,” Winfrey told the delirious audience.
“We’ll get up close with kangaroos and koalas, kick back on some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and experience one of the seven wonders of the world – the Great Barrier Reef.
“Then we’ll all meet at the spectacular Sydney Opera House, where thousands of our Aussie ultimate viewers will join us for an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime Oprah Show experience.”
As the first episodes of The Oprah Winfrey Show to be filmed outside the US, it will form part of her last ever season.
Aussie guests are tipped to include Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Cate Blanchett, Cathy Freeman and Baz Luhrmann.
Julia Gillard could also be interviewed, plus Jessica Watson, astronaut Andy Thomas and writers Thomas Keneally, Peter Carey and Tim Winton.
The audience will participate in an “Australian adventure” in the Outback.
The NSW Government is said to be contributing more than $1 million towards the accommodation costs of the 450 people that will accompany Winfrey, including the audience.
UPDATE: TEN has fastracked this episode, set to air at 1pm Wednesday. Entertainment reporter Angela Bishop will also interview Winfrey this week for TEN News, The Circle and The 7PM Project.