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Oprah gives away 276 new Pontiacs
Talk show host opens 19th season by giving all her audience members a brand-new Pontiac G-6.
September 13, 2004: 5:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - No wonder she's the reigning queen of daytime talk.

Oprah Winfrey, one of the world's richest entertainers, surprised her fans Monday by giving each of her 276 audience members a new car to celebrate the premiere of her show's 19th season.

The billionaire talk show host told the audience that everybody will get a new Pontiac G-6 midsize 2005 sports sedan. Winfrey screamed and jumped up and down on the stage, shouting: "Everybody gets a car! Everybody gets a car!"

She then led the audience into the parking lot to check out their new cars.

Winfrey told the audience they will get to choose their own color, and the car will include special features such as XM satellite radio, OnStar Safety and heated leather seats.

Winfrey said the audience members were specially chosen, because family and friends had told the show's producers they needed new wheels.

The cars, priced at $28,400 fully loaded, were donated by Pontiac, according to the carmaker. Pontiac, a division of General Motors (GM: Research, Estimates), has also agreed to pay sales tax for each membr of the lucky audience.

"The Oprah Winfrey Show" is produced in Chicago by Harpo Productions Inc. and syndicated to 212 domestic markets and 109 countries by King World. Harpo is Oprah spelled backward.  Top of page

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