Dan Snierson
September 19, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Giving away a billion dollars? Bo-ring. Letting a chimpanzee give away a billion dollars? Brilliant! On The WB’s special ”Play for a Billion” (airing Sept. 14), 1 of 1,000 contestants gets stupid rich if his/her six-digit number matches the one drawn by Kendall, left. (If no one hits, the closest wins mere chimp change, a million bucks.) Below, three things you need to know about the most important primate ever. In your face, chimp from Ed.

1 Despite his limited resume — ”Oprah”, a couple of Nickelodeon shows, the Universal theme park in Orlando — Kendall beat out dozens of hopefuls. ”This is like discovering Leonardo DiCaprio before he’s big,” insists Billion exec producer Matti Leshem.

2 At 3’0” and 39 lbs., Kendall can ride a tricycle, sit like a gentleman, and do backflips, reports his trainer, Candy Cothern. And what about his retrieval skills? ”He cleans up litter,” she notes.

3 What happens if Kendall, 4, refuses to determine America’s next billionaire? ”I do not have a backup chimp,” Leshem says cryptically. ”But I have a backup.” Pauly Shore? — Dan Snierson

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