Johnny ‘Bananas’ Devenanzio From ‘The Challenge’ Reveals How He Became 1 of the Longest-Standing Reality TV Personalities

by Jeremy Spirogis
Johnny “Bananas” Devenanzio attends the 2019 MTV Movie and TV Awards

As one of many longest-working actuality tv personalities round, Johnny “Bananas” Devenanzio went instantly from MTV’s Real World to The Challenge. Then he added new reveals like Food Network’s Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition. Most just lately he turned the host of NBC’s journey sequence 1st Look. Devenanzio is just turning up the amount on his profession.

Johnny “Bananas” Devenanzio attends the 2019 MTV Movie and TV Awards
Johnny “Bananas” Devenanzio attends the 2019 MTV Movie and TV Awards|Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for MTV

He’s been within the actuality highlight for greater than 15 years, which equates to eternity in an trade that churns out new faces each season. Devenanzio made his entrance on The Real World in 2006 and has labored steadily within the actuality area. He’s additionally added “actor” to his resume, scoring components in American Dad and Jay and Silent Bob Reboot.

Devenanzio just lately talked to Showbiz Cheat Sheet. He shared what’s behind the grit and drive that enables him to proceed working in an more and more aggressive area.

Devenanzio refuses to decelerate

Devenanzio has gone laborious within the actuality area and it’s paid off. “I’m the only cast member who has never taken a break,” he mentioned recalling the solid from The Real World. While others from The Real World have paused to get married or have kids, he’s at all times sharking for the subsequent deal.

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He mirrored on his longevity on MTV’s The Challenge. Devenanzio moved instantly from The Real World to The Challenge and has remained a continuing ever since. “I’ve stuck with it,” he says. “I’ve always known in a weird way, this is what I’m cut out for with the competition and the entertainment version.”

His “ability to just get under people’s skin and tease people and stir the pot,” can be an asset. “I really found my calling,” he remarks. “My calling was to be on television and to entertain people.”

Re-inventing himself is essential to remaining related

While willpower helped Devenanzio stay within the public eye, so did his potential to be a chameleon. He’s been capable of journey the wave as actuality TV has morphed and adjusted.

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“My success from The Challenge doesn’t come from being the most important or strongest man,” he says. “My potential to achieve success and to win on The Challenge is my potential to adapt. I’ve at all times mentioned that it’s my potential to be a chameleon and simply have the ability to sort of morph and type into no matter circumstance I’m in at a drop of a hat. That has given me the flexibility to proceed to alter and evolve.”

One instance he shares is his new internet hosting job for NBC’s 1st Look. Devenanzio is used to being the massive character within the room and doing all of the speaking. He shared that he wanted to learn to be on the receiving finish of the expertise and be a curious listener. “And understand that not everything that comes out of your mouth has to be a joke or have a punchline,” he says.

“One of the most valuable pieces of information I was given from my producer was a little bit of humor won’t make information go down,” he shares. “It’s OK to be informative. And it’s OK to be susceptible. Which I wasn’t so used to, being on The Challenge.” He mentioned the persona he developed on The Challenge was of a protecting nature, whereas as a bunch he may be extra severe and pivot to extra of a journalistic function.

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