It was 30C degrees as the US talk show host arrived by water taxi at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair with Portia de Rossi, both donning sunglasses. But some 3000 fans didn’t mind a half hour delay.
Russell Crowe showed her how to wield a stock whip on stage, saying she might need while catching “some brumbies” during a visit to regional Victoria.
Jessica Mauboy played “Finish the Lyric”, she met male underwear models, the Sydney Swans, South Sydney Rabbitohs, and hosted a variety of games, including some where members of the audience were dunked in the harbour if they answered “Know or Go” trivia question incorrectly.
And she desperately wanted to hear a “kook-a-borrow.”
After nearly two hours, the show ended with fans taking part in a Q and A with the host.
“Sydney, I love your city,” she said.
But Fairfax reported of some glitches due to a lack of rehearsal time and communication problems resulting in crowds at the Opera House rather than the Botanical Gardens. A small group were later able to meet her.
”She met us at her hotel and stood and talked to everyone of the group,” said one fan.
”It was a good bit of PR but what about everyone else who missed out?’