The Australian government has spent about $3 million to lure the Oprah Winfrey show to its country in hopes of boosting its tourism.
"Helloooo Australiaaaaa!" Ophrah Winfrey bellowed Tuesday to the delight of thousands of her Australian fans at Sydney Opera House on Tuesday. "Now I understand why you call Australia 'Oz,' 'cause we truly are at the end of the yellow brick road!"
But while "Oprah's Ultimate Australian Adventure," began with a bang, it was punctuated with the unexpected thud of Aussie actor Hugh Jackman's face against a lighting rig.
As part of a publicity stunt, the X-Men star had begun rappelling from the top of the Opera House onto the stage. He failed to stop in time, however, and ended up crashing into a stage light and injuring his face.
"That was so much fun until the end," he joked.
Jackman later told Winfrey that the thrill of the ride caused him to forget to brake.
"I came down waving to everyone, looking over Sydney Harbour, saw my dad, the kids and you (Winfrey), went to pull the brake and then boing," he explained.
Taping for the show was temporarily suspended until Jackman could be checked out. His injury turned out not to be serious and - ever a good trooper - Jackman returned to finish the show.