Oprah Gives Her Audience the Gift of Australia

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The show’s final season keeps generating new ways to celebrate.

Monday marked the premiere of the 25th and final year of the Oprah Winfrey Show. Over the past quarter century, fanatics have revealed their love for the talk show by flocking to Chicago for a chance to become members of the studio audience.

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Those who attended Monday’s show had great timing. Winfrey shocked her 300 guests by announcing that they were all invited on a trip to Australia. Among the notable names in the overjoyed crowd: actor Don Johnson and vocalist Paul Simon, who reciprocated with a song he personally wrote for Oprah. (Via the Associated Press)