Ellen gives audience Aussie trip, Oprah style.

First Oprah, now Ellen.

400 audience members of The Ellen DeGeneres Show just got a 7 night trip to Australia, in a surprise birthday-style gift from the US talk show host.

The audience screamed wildly when DeGeneres broke the news after interviewing Nicole Kidman, and red, white and blue streamers showered down upon them and the Qantas and Swisse banners rolled out.

DeGeneres will visit Sydney and Melbourne in her first ever visit down under, but there are no details on filming shows yet.

The episode is due to air at 7:30pm Saturday on Arena and on Nine on Monday.

The big moment happens after 3:00 mins in.


  1. It wasn’t edited, both nine and arena played the same episode, it was announced 3 mins into the segment and the final segment of the show leads directly to the credits

  2. Ellen won’t be bringing 400 “screaming Americans” with her. They will be visiting independently over the next 12 months.
    Tourism Aust. isn’t paying. Swisse and Qantas are paying. Tourism Aust. will benefit enormously from the free publicity worldwide thru “Ellen”.
    I’m sure the visiting Americans won’t get in the way of those being so critical. I wonder if they will be turned away if they want to spend some US$ in your business?

  3. It was announced that it would be filmed segments and no audiences, the Ellen audience were given tickets and fly anytime in 12 months, anytime is a good time to have Australia pushed from a tourist point of view it always brings dollars into the country no matter how big our small. Not sure why all the negative comments, don’t enjoy don’t watch!!

  4. While it’s great coverage for Australia, it’s a shame that Australia has to pay so much to have this type of coverage…why are we so intent on having the U.S “validate” us so much?? If it wasn’t for Swisse and Qantas forking over so much money would she even be interested..? I mean, she’s married to an Aussie and still has never been here for crying out loud… sounds a bit like a “oh if they’re paying…sure” moment..

  5. cynical old codger

    Trouble is see one mine, or a monster hole in the ground with monster trucks, where there once was beautiful country and history etc, you’ve seen them all.

    Since story has hit the media, I overheard some captive/injured wildlife chatting among themselves, around their enclosures/cages, and not being an Irwin or the Bondi Vet etc. I think it went something like this.

    Fences,Hunters,Tree Clearing,Mining Urbanization,Climate Change, Drought and Bushfires and now even more “Celeb’s” , just what have we done to these people to deserve all this?

  6. I am surprised at the many snarky and sarcastic comments. So what if Ellen comes to town and brings a screaming audience with her? They will spend money while they are here. They will enjoy the sites of our beautiful cities. Don’t watch it if you find it so offensive. I am not a huge Ellen fan but I will watch the Australian episodes and I bet the majority of the people who have commented here will watch too.

  7. Yep it didn’t air on Arena (Saturday 7.30pm) even though they where running promos all day right up to 4pm saying it was airing. I don’t think Nine has first run rights(?), because Arena airs Ellen at 11am daily where Nine airs it at 12pm. David could you perhaps investigate? Cheers

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