The audience of Oprah’s premiere debuting her 25th year anniversary and final season were surprised with Oprah’s most generous gift yet. Many were left with tears and cheers and were more emotional than at their wedding or the birth of their first born child.
In the midst of a recession and struggling economy, Oprah Winfrey sent her audience on all expense trip to the down under. “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! We are going to Australia! You and you and you and you, are going to Australia!” said, err, shouted Oprah.
Okay, Oprah may be one of the world’s most charitable, influential and powerful women in the world so my snide insert about the nation’s recession may just naturally stem from envy or disdain for Oprah’s inadvertent showy actions; like bringing actor and best friend John Travolta on the premiere to help share the exciting Aussie news. Then the audience got smartphones.
Oprah really wants to embrace this last year’s experience and all the authentic stories shared from her viewers. “I don’t intend to be crying the whole season,” she told TV Guide. “The only time I get really emotional and nostalgic about the show is when I think about the viewers.” Oprah sounds like Lady Gaga meets the Sex and the City finale. Oprah lives for her viewers like Gaga lives for her mini monsters, and the last season of Sex and the City was basically the apocalypse of television.
The Forbes most powerful celebrity and talk show host worth $2.4 billion also launched the successful careers of Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz, and interior designer Nate Berkus whose show also premiered today for its first season. Nate’s claimed 127 makeovers for Oprah throughout eight years.
On January 1, 2011, Oprah will set off her U.S. specialty channel, OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, owned by Discovery Communications, Inc. and Harpo Productions. Relationship expert Dr. Laura Berman, Lisa Ling, Sarah – Duchess of York, Ashton Kutcher’s company Katalyst Films, and Rosie O’Donnell will all be contributing to the channel.