In a recent interview, Johnny Bananas opens up about the struggles of being on the show and how he’s been feeling.
Johnny Bananas is a professional skateboarder, and he has been in the industry for over 20 years. He is known for his street style and his long hair.
Johnny “Bananas” Devenanzio attends the 2019 MTV Movie and TV Awards in Los Angeles.
Compared to previous season, Johnny “Bananas” Devenanzio has been much more engaged in “The Challenge” world this season of “Spies, Lies, and Allies,” owing to his new podcast “Death, Taxes, and Bananas,” which breaks down each episode. After winning “Total Madness” over a year ago, the seven-time champion took a long hiatus from the program.
Bananas recently featured on Scott Yager and Derrick Kosinski’s “Challenge Mania” podcast to discuss the current season, in addition to his own show on The Ringer network. They were talking about how the current season’s ratings had fallen, and Bananas said, “That’s putting it nicely,” and joked that they’re in the toilet.
The “Real World” star then went into detail on why he thinks the numbers are low and what he thinks the season’s problems are.
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Bananas believes the current “challenge” has strayed from its simple roots and has too many rookies.
“‘The Challenge,’ my buddy, is going the way of the buffalo,” Bananas quipped, adding that he would definitely get in trouble if he said it. It’s on the verge of extinction, and it’s a little depressing to watch.” He claims that one of the reasons the program has been so popular in the past is because it is based on a “basic idea.”
He said, “It’s really simple.” He said that in the past, the actors would come up and be given the game’s rules. “You’re matched with a competitor, an ex, a nice person, a terrible a**, or whatever, it’s simple to comprehend. Even if you had never seen the program before, the format was simple… I believe they’ve gone away from that now, and everything is in a twist. Every five seconds, there’s a twist,” she remarked, adding that they’re no longer as shocking.
He said that, in addition to the twists, there is now a “influx of rookies” that viewers are unfamiliar with. “I understand what they’re trying to do,” he said, “but I believe the error they’re making is that ‘The Challenge’ followers, the fanbase… who have followed us and watched us grow up over the years don’t want to meet new people.”
He said he understood the show’s need to recruit fresh talent in order to flourish in the long run, but he believes it’s “too much, too soon.” Bananas went on to say that he doesn’t want to simply criticize the show: “I don’t want it to go away,” he said. “I treat ‘The Challenge’ as if it were a family and my children. I spent a decade and a half of my life sweating, toiling, and crying over this, and I want to see it succeed.”
Bananas also discussed the Veteran Alliance with Wes, who referred to them as “F****** Idiots.”
Bananas invited his old opponent, Wes Bergmann, to the “Death, Taxes, and Bananas” podcast after the third episode of the season, and the two reviewed the current season, with both calling out the experienced players participating. Wes was questioned about the vet strategy of pursuing only rookies and establishing the notorious “veteran alliance” by Bananas.
Wes complimented his co-star on their plan, but then blasted the vets. “I believe they are all fools. They’re rushing about with looks on their faces as though they’ve created something that’s never been done or utilized before.” “You f****** idiots,” he said. For the last five years, we’ve been attempting to convince you that this is how the game is meant to be played. But you attention-seeking narcissists simply have to stray from that strategy to get clout.”
Wes believes the veterans should not have waited so long to figure out that approach, which the show’s original stars had been executing for many seasons before the current veterans arrived. Bananas agreed, saying they shouldn’t boast about their plan too much. “Pretend you’ve been here before,” he said. “This is something I’ve always said. You sort of keep it to yourself when you accomplish the ideal move or strategy.”
On Wednesdays at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific time, MTV broadcasts “The Challenge: Spies, Lies, and Allies.”
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