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The brand-new car giveaway (2004)
In September 2004, Winfrey proved she really was the hostess with the mostest when she gave 276 audience members a brand! new! car! to celebrate the premiere of her show's 19th season. Winfrey screamed and jumped up and down on the stage, shouting: "Everybody gets a car! Everybody gets a car!" then led her audience to the parking lot to see the fleet of cars: a $28,400 fully loaded Pontiac G6, donated by the carmaker. Recipients had been pre-selected because friends had told the show they needed some wheels.
She started the giveaways in 1994, when she took her 131-member studio audience to Philadelphia on a day's notice to climb the famous "Rocky" steps, visit the Liberty Bell and eat as many Philly cheesesteaks as possible. The generous host would later go on to gift trips to Disney World, college scholarships, homes for Katrina victims, 2012 VW Beetles and an eight-day trip to Australia in September 2010 to her most loyal viewers.