(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Two local women and their families will join America’s top talk show host on the trip of a lifetime.
Oprah Winfrey is joined by audience members
on-stage after announcing a trip to Austrailia
during Monday's season premiere episode.
To kick off the 25th and final season of her show, Oprah Winfrey announced she will take every member of Monday’s studio audience to Australia this December. All expenses paid by the queen of daytime television.
Sue Hart, of Rising Sun, was there when the premiere episode featuring Oprah’s Ultimate Fans and had to wait until the show aired Monday to share the big news. It was taped the previous Thursday.
“That was pretty tough. When everybody knew that it was the season premiere we were on, then everybody was pretty darn sure that they knew we were going to get either a million dollars or a new car,” said Hart.
Karen Shields, an Edgewood, Ky. resident, works as an insurance agent at the State Farm Insurance office in Lawrenceburg. She was in the audience as well.
All 300 audience members who attended the giveaway episode were picked because they each have a special connection to Oprah.
Shields was in the audience for the premiere episode 24 years ago. She was even interviewed by Oprah during that taping.
In an e-mail questionaire she filled out for the show producers, Hart - who retired last year from Ohio County Elementary School after 32 years teaching - wrote of using the long-running daytime show as a teaching tool.
“She’s touch my life in a lot of ways,” said Hart. “I think probably what got me in the door was the fact that I had used a couple Oprah shows in my curriculum as a teacher in Rising Sun.”
It’s sure to be an unforgettable trip. The flight aboard a Qantas Airlines jet will be piloted by Hollywood A-lister John Travolta and Oprah will film a couple episodes Down Under. The exact itinerary has not been released yet, but Winfrey mentioned during the show the audience would go with here to Sydney, Melbourne, and the Great Barrier Reef.
The audience members received free cell phones in addition to the trip to the other side of the globe.
“It was a really exciting day,” Hart said in a bit of an understatement.