Kelly: Apprentice Player They Love to Hate
12/09/2004 AT 08:00 AM EST
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.
Other candidates have expressed similar sentiments. Said Raj Bhakta: "He's just like a pretty human-less fellow. He lacks any chutzpah." Concurred a more diplomatic Andy Litinsky: "As far as Kelly's likeability factor, I don't want to get negative. I would say Raj's characterization is correct."
Of course, ultimately, the decision as to whether Kelly continues in the contest to land a job in the Trump Organization rests with Trump himself, not with Kelly's peers.
Entertainment Weekly magazine, however, does have Kelly as the front-runner to win in the final showdown, giving him odds of 2-1 ... compared to Kevin's 5-1, Jennifer's 7-1 and Sandy's 15-1. Last week's firee, Ivana Ma, had last-place odds of 25-1.
As for how Ivana viewed Kelly, who's created several Web sites including a personal site where he dispenses entrepreneurial advice, she told AP: "I thought Kelly was great. I didn't really notice any tension."