Farewell season of 'Oprah' starts with a trip
September 13th, 2010
05:44 PM ET

Farewell season of 'Oprah' starts with a trip

For the beginning of the end – or, as Oprah Winfrey’s team has phrased it, the premiere of the farewell season – the Queen of Daytime TV rounded up 300 of her “ultimate” viewers to join her in the audience and reminisce about the days gone by, watch as she surprised some hard-core "Oprah" fans – and get free stuff, of course.

“I’m going to treasure for the rest of my life the emails and letters you’ve sent,” Winfrey told the audience at the start of the show, many of whom still had tears in their eyes from flipping out when the 56-year-old host first walked out onto the set. “Some of you I know have grown up with me, you’ve raised your children with me, and you all have been on this wild, wild ride with me and I have deep, deep heartfelt gratitude to you all.”

And what better way to show gratitude than with an 8-day all-expenses paid excursion to Australia? With John Travolta playing the part of the pilot, no less.

Travolta actually made an appearance early on in the show – since he had the esteemed position of being one of Winfrey's favorite guests – but  he reappeared wearing his pilot's uniform after Winfrey announced that all 300 audience members were going to get to shop till they drop in Melbourne and take in the grandeur at the Sydney Opera House.

“We're going to Australia!” Winfrey repeated as Australian flags were handed out, confetti rained down and the audience members did everything humanly possible to express extreme excitement.

Aside from the trip Down Under, Winfrey celebrated the start of her farewell season with a serenade from Paul Simon and a visit from actor Don Johnson, who finally returned a pair of rhinestone sunglasses she once sent to him in 1986 in attempts to lure him onto her first episode that aired nationally.

“The pressure was on for us to get a really big celebrity,” she explained. “After deliberating for some time with my staff and bribing Don Johnson... we decided to do what we do best, a show about and with everyday people. But doing a show about everyday people was the right call and it still is 25 years later.”

Click here to watch Winfrey surprise her audience members with the trip.


Filed under: Celebrities • Oprah Winfrey • television

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  1. Frank

    Lol@the mysterious person cussing people out randomly.

    September 16, 2010 at 5:04 am | Report abuse |
    • @Frank

      I'm not cussing people out randomly, I'm cussing out that b!tch Sheryl. She thinks her sh!t doesn't stink. She's convinced she's superior to everyone because she loves Ocra. She needs to have her a$$ kicked in real life. Maybe that will finally shut her up.

      September 16, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  2. SKY

    THE WORDS YOU ARE SAYING IS NOT FROM THE WISDOM THAT COMES FROM ABOVE...BUT IS DEMONIC...WE HAVE
    A FIGHT NOT WITH BLOOD AND FLESH, BUT WITH THE WICKED SPIRTS THAT EXITS ON THIS EARTH.
    BUT WHEN A PERSON SAYS THEY ARE CHRISTIANS, THEN I EXPECT THEM TO LIVE THE LIFE OF A CHRISTIAN.
    AND IF THEY CAN'T DO THAT, THEN LEAVE GOD OUT OF IT!

    September 16, 2010 at 4:57 am | Report abuse |
  3. SKY

    300 PLUS HAVE ACCEPTED THIS WOMEN ON "HER TERMS" AND NOT GOD! WE ARE LIVING IN THE
    LAST DAYS, SHE REFUSES TO GET MARRIED...SO GO, LET THEM HAVE THEIR FUN....THERE WILL
    BE NO PEACE THO, GOD IS NOT WITH THIS TRIP......GOD IS NOT BLESSING OPRAH, THE CHURCH
    PASTORS HAVE LIED TO US, BECAUSE OF LOVE OF MONEY, THEY HAVE ACCEPTED AND
    ALLOWED THESE UNCLEAN PERSONS TO SIT IN THE CHURCH, PRAY, SING AND EXCEPTED THEIR
    MONEY, THINKING GOD IS BLESSING THEM... BIG LIE, I WONDER IF HER LIVE-IN
    LOVER WILL GO ON THE TRIP.....300 SOULS, 300 SOULS, 300 SOULS...

    September 14, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Rastas

    This piece of crapola can go away anytime she wants. Let's just hope she stays away.

    September 14, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. sharry

    Peoqle please don't complain. True enough our economy is bad. But a trip to a fabulous place is a blessing, espdcially when your mind and body needs a break. I always wanted to go to an Oprah show taping. But couldn't due to my economic situation. Now with her retiring I guess I won't get that chance. Give Oprah her props ... She's a wonderful person. God bless you Oprah.

    September 14, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Che

    I wonder what her Will reads! I'm in awe of her success and just wonder how she did it. What fuel was added to her fire for it to burn so long and bright. I hope she keeps producing movies. She gets some great projects!. Now, she'll be leaving us with Nate Burkus. Yo O! How can I get you to produce my TV show!? (Dr. Phil, Rachel Ray, now Nate. Did I miss someone?)

    September 14, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Justthetruth

    The Australian taxpayers are the ones footing the bill for Oprah's generous "gift" of a trip to Australia for the audience.
    The Oz government announced that they are paying up to $3million to bring Oprah and the audience to Australia.
    Funny that she doesn't mention this.

    September 14, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jay

    remember when Adam Carolla was on Oprah with the cast of Dancing with the stars? Good times!

    September 14, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • @Jay

      What, are you in love with Adam Carolla? You must be you flamer. Shove your idiotic comments where the sun don't shine, but don't enjoy it too much. Save that sphincter for Adam.

      September 14, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. @Sheryl

    GO F()CK YOURSELF!!!!!

    September 14, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sheryl

      So obviously you haven't done anything to better society. I'm surprised because you seem so mature.

      September 15, 2010 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
    • @Sheryl

      What I've done with my life has nothing to do with Ocra or you. You can take your feeble attempt at sarcasm and shove it twit. People like you need to be beaten in public to permanently shut you up. It's tools like you that have ruined the world. Kiss that f()ckface!

      September 15, 2010 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Sheryl

      Again the maturity pours out of you. I guess I'm right when I said you've done nothing to better society in any way. It's losers like you that give Americans a bad name. I'd like to see you with a 12 gauge...it would prove that you are the cotton pickin' banjo playin' red neck probably sleeping with your sister and brother that you really are. Who turned the computer on for you? Remember the num lock key doesn't make your fingers numb when you touch it. Dumb A$$ red neck piece of trash.

      September 15, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • @Sheryl

      Anytime b!tch. I'll take you out with one shot. Piece of cake. Losers like you and your manufactured superiority make me want to retch. Keep talking down to everyone and one day someone will take you out for real. Go ahead, keep talking b!tch!

      September 16, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  10. Sheryl

    Hey Oprah haters...how many homes did you help get built in New Orleans? How many pedophiles have you caught? How many scholarships have you given to deserving kids? Just wondering. How about looking at the good things she has done? I would take a trip to Austraila anyday just to get away from the negative people who complain they can't find a job. Work at Walmart, or a grocery store, at least you'll be doing something other than complaining. It may not totally pay the bills, but it could lead to brighter opportunities. You may meet someone who needs the skills you have. I know many people who have found work in their field this way.

    September 14, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. parishater

    Much love SUNNY LOVE i feel you on this....oprah prob did more good today befor lunch then these haters have done their entires lives..and they are total loser posting just crap about caring people.....attention all haters get off your lazy asses and get a job...stop wrting meaningless comments on this website ...you are lower than paris hilton and thats hard

    September 14, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sunny Love

    Its so unfortunate that no matter what she would have done or said, people only logged on this article to write something derogatory. Its so unfortunate there is so much hate in the world. I pray that outside these blogs and words of hate your lives are truly blessed. If she would have paid 1 million mortgages for 5 months, people would have asked why not the taxes. If she would have paid mortgage and taxes, you would have said why not the utilites. I do not hold any celebrity to any higher standard than I do myself. Maybe some of you should do the same. Enjoy life. Stop spewing so much hate!

    September 14, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Kam

      AMEN..AMEN..AMEN... very well stated Sunny Love. It's honestly a shame how people pass judgement on others. This lady is a billionaire and has helped people in need, but that's not good enough. I wonder if people are writing hurtful messages because they are upset it's not them...but who knows. The more I read articles and watch the news, the more I realize how hateful people are in this world. It's really a sad situation.

      September 14, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • teresa

      I also cannot believe the hate in this world. God must cry when he looks down on it. My husband lost his job in March. We have honestly seen hard times and people who would help don't because of all the dishonest people out there who have used the system. So So sad. We are by far out of our battle but I can promise God has been there with us and without his love we couldn't have made it this far. If this country could go back to simple love and helping your neighbor we would all be ok. But these haters, evil people, they have ruined our country. I know if we loose our home Gods right there with us and thats what matters. I pray for the people in this world so full of hate that they cannot say something good about about anything. Oprah has done much good and helped so many, Its her money and her choice. Thanks Oprah for all the good. Enjoy what you've earned and thanks to all those you've blessed.

      September 16, 2010 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  13. CouldHavePaidSomeBills

    Nice...but how about paying people's bills for a year? Or paid for a few mortgages, or paid for a few rents for a year? Taking a trip is so stupid it's unbelievable. There are over 1M unemployed people in the United States. Many of our jobs are now in India, China, Mexico, Hondorus, and other countries.

    Sad to see how celebrities turn a blind eye to what's really needed to help people survive. She's not thinking clearly and has lost her mind. How about giving homeless children in school clothing for a year? How about helping homeless families get on their feet? There's more to do to help individuals who truly need it.

    I was shocked when 300 people are going halfway around the world on a trip. I'm sure she can write this off in taxes, but clearly the money needs to be spent without abandon. I don't know about her. It's so sad.

    For the unemployed, it's a slap in the face. We can't even put enough food on the table (we eat once a day) let alone try to keep a roof over our heads...we are one check from being homeless. When your job gets sent to another country, it's awful. We have no say in keeping our jobs.

    Poor O. I feel sorry for her. Hope they don't get bit by a croc over there...

    September 14, 2010 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • flip side

      Though I agree with you in some lights, others use unemployment to exploit the system, collecting checks and continuing to do nothing about their situation. I feel sorry for those who cannot catch a break, but I don't care for the ones who ride the system and do nothing to better themselves.

      How would you know that Oprah's money would be used correctly if she paid everyone's bills? She might be helping some who need her assistance and those who could care less and would take advantage... it's a double-edged sword when you do stuff like that. Perhaps those who don't care either way and will do things unconditionally should do it... and if Oprah is one of those people then she should do it.

      Oprah worked very hard to get where she is, and although I really don't like her, she did earn her money. Can you say that about yourself?

      September 14, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • laughable

      It's easy for one to comment on how someone else should share their wealth with others. It's harder for that commenter to actually NOT be on CNN and to be ACTIVELY looking for a job. I suppose it makes sense to see so much hate here. "Oh but " Bad fortune does happen, but that means you gotta keep trying and never giving up. Somewhere along the line you are bound to get a break. It's when you give up completely... that's when you lose.

      September 14, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Teresa S

    As always a very generous gesture but wouldn't most of the recipients prefer the cash instead of the trip, in today's economy? I work in a Food Bank where sometimes the people turn down a box of Hamburger Helper because they can't afford to buy the hamburger to make the dish!

    September 14, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  15. Raving Lunatic

    She's retiring so she can get back to her original passion. Servicing truckers at truck stops. She's ten buck-f()ck!

    September 14, 2010 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  16. Donna

    Here we have another well-known person electing to take 300 people on an out of country experience. How about some place domestically that could be equally fabulous?

    September 14, 2010 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  17. LoopsFroot

    All of you Oprah Haters WISH you had her kind of power LMAO!!

    September 14, 2010 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Po O

      Not haters..just realistic. The money could be spent on people's bills, or homeless children, or families that truly need help. I agree with CouldHavePaidSomeBills. Put the money were it's truly needed.

      September 14, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  18. Jeff

    Question: Who is paying the taxes on this wonderful gift?

    September 14, 2010 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  19. JT

    She's obviously made a personal impact on you haters!

    September 14, 2010 at 4:29 am | Report abuse |
  20. John T

    Oprah. Good bye and good riddance. A great day for the TV listings.

    September 13, 2010 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Actually

      I would agree with you, except for the fact that if you care about the TV listing around the time she supposedly comes on TV, you obviously aren't working.

      September 14, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  21. Frank

    She needs to pay a visit to Queen Latifah at the beauty shop. She needs to take the message of Missy Elliot's 'Let Me Fix My Weave' to heart.

    September 13, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Frank

    This is a terrible picture. She looks high and her hair is jacked up! You can see where her real short hair ends and her wig begins.

    September 13, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  23. SKY

    ITS NOTHING, JUST HAIR DYE SHOWING....SHE BEEN DRINKING .
    AND A 8-DAY ALL-EXPENSES PAID EXCURSION TO AUSTRALIA, HMMMM I WAS WONDERING
    HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO GET MARRIED?

    September 13, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |

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