When Oprah and her crew visited Russell's hometown of Sydney during Oprah's Ultimate Australian Adventure, he says, he saw the inspiration firsthand in the story of Kristian, a husband and father in the fight of his life after being diagnosed with cancer. "That's why it's been going for 25 years," Russell says. "And thankfully they're not actually stopping. What once was a talk show done in Chicago has now turned [into a] network."
But Russell says Oprah doesn't have to stop there! "You know if she pushes it and plays her cards right, we'll probably give her the country of Australia," Russell jokes. "It's a woman's world down here, so come back whenever you need to."