Oprah’s mega talk-show — viewed by over 40 million Americans and a further 30 million in 147 countries — is heading to Australia to film an episode, according to news.com.au. During the inaugural show of her 25th — and last — season, she announced to the 300 audience members that they will be taken on a 10-day trip Down Under. What’s more, the airplane they will fly there in will be piloted by John Travolta. Check out this video to see her first teasing the audience, then it exploding when she announces where she is taking them, with a cameo appearance by Mr. Travolta himself.
There is speculation that the show will host Aussie guests like Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, and Hugh Jackman. Other potential guests include local “celebrities” Jessica Watson, Andy Thomas, and Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Oprah is planning on spending 9-10 days traveling around Australia to gather stories and taking the US audience to the Outback for three days for an adventure. An episode will then be filmed at the Sydney Opera House in December.
Are you in Australia and want a chance to be an audience member in Sydney? You can sign up here to be notified when the reservation window will be announced. This will be Oprah’s first time Down Under.
The question remains: Will those in the audience be willing or able to take the time off from work? After all, an average of 459 million vacation days go to waste in the US.
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