Oprah shocks audience with free trip

Chicago: Oprah Winfrey surprised her talk show audience attending the premiere of her 25th and final season on Monday with an all-expenses-paid eight-day trip to Australia.

Some 300 audience members clapped, cried and hugged as Winfrey announced the trip and introduced pilot-actor John Travolta, who stepped out of a mock-up of a Qantas Airways jet rolled onto the stage.

"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 said.

Some of her show`s staff will also be flying to Sydney in December, where the Sydney Opera House will be transformed into the "Oprah" House for a taping of her show.

Previously, the famously generous Winfrey has given each audience member a new car, and recently handed staff members of her "O" Magazine Apple iPads and $10,000 checks. She has also handed out school scholarships, money for homes, and financed a school for girls in South Africa.

In a surprise to Winfrey, Paul Simon turned up to perform a rewritten version of a song dedicated to her.

"The Oprah Winfrey Show" is syndicated to 215 domestic stations by CBS Television Distribution and to 145 countries by CBS Studios International.

Winfrey won`t be off the airwaves after her talk show ends, as her Oprah Winfrey Network is set to kick off on cable on January 1.

Bureau Report