Oprah Winfrey began the final season of her talk show with a dramatic gift to her audience - announcing she would fly them all to Australia, with Hollywood star John Travolta piloting the aircraft.
The 300 members of the audience went wild when Winfrey announced the eight-day trip on the first show of her final season, which was aired on US television on Monday.
"We're...going...to...Australia!" Winfrey announced to the shrieking crowd.
As confetti fell and her set was transformed into a mini airport, complete with a plane and worker with glow sticks to guide it onto the set, the audience leapt up and down.
Later John Travolta emerged from the jet and it was revealed he will be the pilot.
The actor is a part-time pilot for the Australian airline Qantas.
Winfrey and Travolta have been planning the trip for a year to mark the end of the chat show queen's hugely popular show.
Winfrey is ending her show after a 25 year run to launch her own TV network in 2011.
The Australian trip offer follows a similar give away when Winfrey gave a car to each member of her audience in 2004.
In Monday's show Winfrey addressed the audience at her Chicago studios by telling them: "This is really my last chance to do something really big.
"And if you want to do something big, you would want to take along your ultimate viewers."
"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!"