Oftentimes at this point in The Apprentice's umpteen-week "job interview" — this round's season-ender unspools on May 29 and June 5 — the two candidates managing their final tasks are faced with most unexpected hurdles. Think back to Season 1, when Kwame Jackson was nearly waylaid by MIA concert performer Jessica Simpson (a near-flake-out that actually makes all the more sense now that we know so much more about the pop tart). Or look as recently as last season's finale, when Joe Piscopo — yes, Joe Pisco
Did military man-turned-software exec Kelly deserve to win The Apprentice? Did the finale's "ambush" on rival Jennifer Massey surprise him at all? And what is his one big concern about his new gig working for Donald Trump? Here, TV Guide Online has all the answers from Kel, uh, we mean Mr. Perdew.TV Guide Online: Congratulations. Have you had a busy weekend?
It's been insane; I slept an hour and a half the first night. I did Today
in New York, then did The Tonight Show
in L.A. And I've done interviews in the limo, preboarding, after getting out there... It's just been a whirlwind.
TVGO: Compared to Season 1's "reduced-fat" finale, watching you and Jen watch Regis Philbin poll the audience diminished the suspense of Trump's final decision. Your take?
Kelly: Sitting backstage and watching it, I was gaining confidence as more and more people spoke out. I think five or eight people
Friends of Jennifer M. likened last Thursday's finale of The Apprentice to the movie Gladiator, in which Russell Crowe's character is stabbed in the back before being thrown into the arena for a final clash. Trump, claiming to be "undecided," invited executives, former contestants, audience members — heck, maybe even a few teens who thought they were calling in to MTV's TRL — to weigh in on the winner. In the end, the 30-year-old lady lawyer lost out to Kelly and his West Point background. As we said, it wasn't pretty, and Jennifer M. tells TV Guide Online why.TV Guide Online: So, have you forgiven Mr. Trump for that little verbal jockeying he did at the very end that seemed to be leading to the declaration of your victory, but instead ended with him saying, "You're... fired"?Jennifer M.: You know, I think ultimately Mr. Trump is a showman. I think it was a bit lacking in business integrity,
Are you a hot-blooded male eager for The Apprentice's candy-bar peddling "M&M Sisters" to tour your town this spring? We recommend you just plop down your 65 cents at 7-Eleven instead. Because as 28-year-old Sandy Ferreira — who got fired last week with Kevin Allen — "plain"-ly tells TV Guide Online here, it's "nuts" that Jennifer M. made it to the final two with Kelly. Plus, the bridal salon owner lets loose with a whopper of a boardroom secret!TV Guide Online: Ivana pegged Jennifer M. as a "fembot," while you once described her as "plastic... like a mannequin." Yet you must admit, "Barbie" was armed for bear in last week's boardroom.Sandy Ferreira: Well, let me give you a little insight: That final boardroom, once Kevin got fired, was four hours long. Trump dismissed us — Kelly, Jen and myself — into the lobby area three times because he could not make a decision. Essentially, C