Sydney is all but ready for two Oprah Winfrey shows tomorrow, but a maritime strike threatens to upset carefully laid plans.
Maritime workers in charge of setting up an exclusion zone around the site are threatening to walk off the job over pay and working conditions. If action goes ahead, maritime workers will not deploy the buoys necessary to ensure an exclusion zone at the Opera House is respected while filming takes place. Talks will take place today.
Australia will now feature in four episodes of The Oprah Winfrey Show.
“We have almost 200 people here. I would say that that turned out to be a really smart decision, to keep all our teams intact with people who know how to do it and do it the way Oprah likes it overnight, and have a shorthand with each other,” Harpo executive producer Sheri Salatasaid told The Australian.
“And then for all of us, internally, to be having this experience together, it really does feel like a once in a lifetime in the middle of our final season. I don’t think anyone will forget it, really.”
Winfey and all 302 audience members have been soaking up the sights of the Harbour city.
The Daily Telegraph reports Winfrey and friends climbed the Harbour Bridge Walk on Sunday. Winfrey reached the summit with friend Gayle King, security detail and viewers about 10.30am. A giant “O” hung below them.
She’d expressed fear at facing the steep climb, but her ear-to-ear smile said it all when she was snapped at the apex by a circling helicopter.
She also visited Bondi’s famed Icebergs Dining Room for lunch.
Sunday’s events followed an official welcome reception for her team on Saturday night.