It turns out that Oprah is really not being as generous as everyone thought. Nope. Instead, it is the people of Australia who are being generous in paying for Oprah's audience earlier this week to head down under. The tourism minister of Australia said taxpayers will be shelling out $3M for Oprah to come to their country and have her show aired from there.
"Oprah is a household name and her star power has the potential to lift Australia's profile as a premier tourist destination."
He also said that despite spending hundreds of millions of dollars on advertising in the past 30 years, tourists still don't want to go to Australia. Really? I find that hard to believe. Yes, more people from Australia leave for other countries than go to Australia, but I don't think that says people don't want to go there.
I do find it interesting that Oprah didn't thank the people of Australia for paying for everything but made it seem like she was doing it all on her own dime.