Oprah Winfrey: new season marks the beginning of the end

Oprah Winfrey surprised the 300 people in her studio audience Monday with a trip to Australia, at the premiere of the final season of her show.

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    In this Nov. 20, 2009 photo, talk-show host Oprah Winfrey announces during a live broadcast of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in Chicago that her daytime television show, the foundation of a multibillion-dollar media empire with legions of fans, will end its run in 2011 after 25 seasons on the air.
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Oprah Winfrey is taking her audience to Australia.

On the premiere of the 25th — and final — season of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" that aired Monday, Winfrey surprised the 300 people in her studio audience that she was taking them all on a trip to Australia.

The audience shrieked when Winfrey made the announcement and actor John Travolta joined Winfrey on stage.

The show included a few surprise visitors, including actor Don Johnson and singer Paul Simon, who sang a song he wrote for the talk show host.

For cable viewers, there's more Winfrey to come. She's set to launch her Oprah Winfrey Network, or OWN, on cable Jan. 1.

The end of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" will be featured on that network with "Behind the Scenes: Oprah's 25th Season."

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