Oprah Winfrey promised a big surprise to kick off the farewell season of “The Oprah Show,” and she may be delivering the biggest one yet.
The veteran talk show host will be flying her entire studio audience to Australia for a ten-day trip.
But that’s not all — the plane they’ll be taking will be piloted by actor John Travolta.
Winfrey’s studio audience of around 300 people are getting the trip of a lifetime, as is her crew.
The trip is set for December, when the Sydney Opera House will become the “Oprah House” for the taping of her talk show.
She says, quote, “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…You and you and you and you are going to Australia!”
Travolta wasn’t the only celebrity to appear on the season opener of “The Oprah Show” on Monday.
Singer Paul Simon serenaded Winfrey with a song he originally wrote for the tenth season of her show.
He says, quote, “I’d like to sing it again with a few lyrical changes to commemorate your farewell season.” “The Oprah Show” began its TV run in September of 1986.
The talk show host is leaving her show after its 25th season to start a cable channel called OWN, or “The Oprah Winfrey Network.” OWN will launch on January 1st, 2011.