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Oprah surprises audience with Australia trip giveaway

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To kick off her final season on network TV, Oprah Winfrey on Monday aimed to top, well, Oprah Winfrey in the over-the-top department, surprising members of her audience with a gift to rival her car giveaway six years ago: eight days and seven nights in Sydney, Australia.

The audience included what the show called some of its most loyal viewers. The trip, planned for December, will include the taping of two shows overseas, a first for "The Oprah Winfrey Show," which for 25 years has kept it domestic.

Also appearing on the season-opening show: John Travolta, in pilot garb; Don Johnson, making up for a 1986 snub; and Paul Simon, who surprised the hostess with a serenade.

Want to see audience members losing their minds as Oprah builds up to the big Australia reveal? Check out the video here.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

The Associated Press was used in compiling this report.

Photo: Oprah Winfrey, top, stands with audience members after making the announcement that she will be taking the Sept. 13, 2010, studio audience on a trip to Australia. Credit: George Burns / Harpo Productions

 
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To save America, she should give Obama and family a free long vacation till 2012.

Just keep those hanky panky globe trotting Yankees sipping Martinis and kept in high spirit whilst being hijacked into into thrifty shopping sprees! Remember ladies - nothing but the best –– Because You DESERVE it!!!


I live in Sydney, Australia. I am very excited that she is coming to Australia and she will be conducting her show at Opera House in Sydney. If possible can I have two tickets for the Opera House show in Sydney. It is for me & my wife.

regards,
Kiran Manandhar

Christie D'Zurilla here from the blog ... anyone interested in ticket information for the shows in Sydney can inquire directly to the show at this link:

https://www.oprah.com/ownshow/plug_form.html?plug_id=4659647

This blog is not affiliated with the show and has no additional information on tickets.

//cdz

The trip for your audience is nice, but I feel there are many other ways to spend all that money. It appears that most of your audience is upper middle class. But there are many schools throughout the nation that would benefit by having that money than your audience members. But maybe that wouldn't make as much "bang" . So many celebrities are doing great things to help the unfortunate. It seems your audience is not of the unfortunate or children who need some help. Our country is in crisis and a trip to Australia for a mere 300 people is too extravagant when that money could do so much more good to MANY others.

i ain,t hating thats absolutely wooondeerful..i only wish i,d wrote for a helping hand out thats right,no need to hate,i,d be able to enjoy my retirement w/o present med bilkls in arrear..now thats kosha,,can ,will you help a sista outta this depressig debt !1?sista opra,,you go girl and stay bless stay prayful..god will keep his proises to you for prosperity

you go ms.opra..i knew i should have written to you b/4 now ..i need help $$$ CAN YOU HELP A SISTA OUT OF NEVER SEEM LIKE ENDING MMEDICAL DUE STUFF!?..YOU STAY PRAYFUL,AND STAY BLES .AND THE GOOD LORD WILL CONTINUE TO PROSPER YOU,,AND TO ALL THOSE HATERS OUT THERE..K---OFF(LOL)

Perhaps Oprah could purchase some grammar lessons for Gwendolynapacais.

Dave, I was thinking the exact same thing. And of course, it makes sense for her to make a personal plea for cash from Oprah via this blog...she reads it daily, I'm sure.

Still don't understand why everyone is so crazed by "Oprah's" giveaways. Is she paying for these audience members to go to Australia? NO - Quantas Airlines is (same for them as paying for advertising air time, but with more bang for their buck). Did she pay for the cars that "she" gave away to her audience? NO - GM did.
She is not the the queen of giveaways - she's the queen of self-promotion (did you know that if you buy a book on her book club by following using her link to the purchase, she gets a percentage?)

Oprah isn't paying. The Federal and State governments of Australia are.

Hi thrilled to hear the news that Oprah will be conducting shows at our Sydney Opra House in December.
My question will there be an opertunity to purchase tickets for her shows, if where and how could we register to aquire tickets.
I appreciate any information you can give me.
Regards
Cathy Tassone
Australia

@Cathy Tassone -- Christie D'Zurilla here from the blog. Look back through comments and you'll find a link to ticket information at the show's website.

//cdz

Oprah since 1992 I have been sending you e-amil, asking please help with home place to live. I'm Spanish I live in USA. for many years, being working , Economic I have being difucul even I have work all mine live since very young. I'm old now. I need place were I now until God call me. Beside all difucult live I'm working a " friend" Ministry helping Children International Righ now with African Children, Please help me. Diana Fortuna

Thanks.

Okay, I was at that show, and every one needs to stop hating. Jealousy is an ugly thing. Anyways, Ms. Winfrey is not paying for it. Australia Tourism is, there picking up the tab, and Oprah is sending us there. So don't bash her, or anything about how "she needs to spend money where its good" since this audience looks higher up in class.. Anyways, in order to be at the taping for that show, we had to enter the 'Ultimate Viewers' contest.. so its not like we just showed up, we earned our tickets. She does spend her money well and put it to good use, And will always. Do you forget about the School in Africa? Anyways, didn't any one teach you.. if you have nothing nice to say don't say anything at all...?

Im so jealous that I can't be appart of Oprah's Favoortes Things. I am glad to see the people who are in her odience recieve the things Oprah gave away. I just wish that I could have been apart of that. I am also sad to know that this is the end of her shows. I,ve watched for year and said that I was going to write to Oprah but I never did because I didn't believe she would ever read my letters. Oh well I guess that's my loss. When I can finally get a job and my own place to live I attend on getting cable tv so I can order Oprahs new show. Till than God Bless You and everyone around you.

Sincerely,

Tanya M. Mckissick

I want to participate in your giveaway trip to australia. cannot find your registering site. I am trying to see my kids in australia. Please


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