Trump: Apprentice 3 to Add Twists to Game

Hardly one to let Santa get all of the attention this weekend, Donald Trump revealed more details about what’s in store for the new season of The Apprentice, scheduled to kick off on NBC Jan. 20.

As he teased on the second season finale, Trump plans to divide the 18 competitors not by sex, but by levels of education – with those toting college degrees on the Magna team, and those from the school of hard knocks (and only high-school diplomas) on the Networth team.

Kelly Perdew Wins Apprentice 2

The West Point graduate topped the Harvard-educated lawyer Thursday night on the second season finale of The Apprentice, as Kelly Perdew outperformed Jennifer Massey to hear the magic words from Donald Trump: “You’re hired.”

Perdew emerged victorious after a high-pressure final challenge in which Perdew, 37, was charged with organizing a charity polo match (complete with a performance by Tony Bennett), while Massey, 30, was placed in charge of a charity basketball game and silent auction.

Final Apprentice Showdown Tonight

PLACED: The Apprentice 2 has its big finale Thursday, and the odds are 3-to-1 for Kelly Perdew, and 2-to-1 for Jennifer Massey, the New York Post reports.

Regis to Sub for Clark, Cohost with Trump

Regis Philbin’s dance card is full: He will stand in as host of ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2005, as the veteran Clark recovers from what is being called a mild stroke, and Reege will also handle the hosting duties for Thursday’s reunion portion of The Apprentice 2 season wrap-up, NBC has announced.

Apprentice Losers Kevin, Sandy Speak

Offering an inside peek at what goes on in the boardroom, last week’s Apprentice 2 rejects Kevin Allen and Sandy Ferreira have opened up about what may have gotten them canned.

On Thursday, they, along with everyone else, will watch Donald Trump will pick his winner on the second season finale of the NBC reality show.

“Ultimately, I think I came to the table with an entrepreneurial spirit,” Ferreira, 28, tells the Associated Press. “I just didn’t have the degree that Trump wanted. I couldn’t pull it out of the air.”

WEEK AHEAD: Trump Hires His Apprentice

Donald Trump picks his next prot g Thursday as the hit NBC show comes to a close. PEOPLE has the scoop on Kelly and Jen’s chances, plus other events to watch for in the coming week:

Kelly, Jennifer Vie for Apprentice Crown

Only 20 minutes into the hour, lawyer Jennifer Massey, 30, and software executive Kelly Perdew, 37, became the last candidates standing on The Apprentice, after Donald Trump fired Kevin Allen, 29, and Sandy Ferreira, 28, on Thursday night’s episode of the NBC reality series.

The firees were out after the quartet faced grueling job interviews with executives from Unilever, Pepsi-Cola, Bear-Stearns and the New England Patriots, and the remaining 40 minutes of the program were devoted to Jen and Kelly’s assigned tasks.

Kelly: Apprentice Player They Love to Hate

With only four contestants left on The Apprentice and the Dec. 16 season finale looming large, the new Omarosa has emerged.

The current player who’s most unpopular with his peers is West Point grad Kelly Perdew, 37, the software executive from Carlsbad, Calif.

“Personally, I don’t care for the guy,” Chris Russo, who was fired by Donald Trump in week 10 of the 15-week job competition, told the Associated Press following his dismissal.

Donald Trump Fires Ivana for Stripping

Selling chocolate proved a bitter pill for Ivana Ma on Thursday night’s episode of The Apprentice 2.

Pushing her $20-a-bar product on Wall Street – remarkably close to the Trump Building – the 28-year-old Boston-based venture capitalist dropped her skirt in order to attempt a sale.

Donald Trump was not impressed. “You stripped. I’m not hiring a stripper,” he ultimately told her in the boardroom, followed by “Ivana – you’re fired.”

Two Apprentices Sent Packing: Wes, Maria

Donald Trump doesn’t look like the kind of man who benefits from many two-for-one deals, but he couldn’t pass it up on Thursday night’s Apprentice: The real estate mogul decided to dump two contestants.

Bossy Maria Boren and her ineffectual project manager Wes Moss were fired after a disastrous showing by team Mosaic, in which the two sides were charged with putting together a catalog for the Levi Strauss company that highlighted the jeans-maker’s universal appeal.

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