Johnny ‘Bananas’ Devenanzio Says His ‘Challenge’ Personality Is Nothing Like How He Really Is

by Jeremy Spirogis

MTV’s The Challenge is again with Total Madness, and we’re excited to see how far Johnny “Bananas” Devenanzio goes.

Devenanzio is without doubt one of the many veteran gamers again on the present competing for the $1 million prize. And he has fairly the repute of being a ruthless and aggressive pressure. His transfer towards associate Sarah Rice in previous seasons established him as probably the most cutthroat gamers the present has ever seen. And, whether or not followers love or hate him, there’s little doubt he’s right here to remain, as he makes nice TV.

Devenanzio might act a method on-screen, however he claims followers could also be stunned by how he actually is off-camera. Here’s what he mentioned.

Johnny ‘Bananas’ Devenanzio has quite a lot of enemies on ‘The Challenge’

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

Those who’ve watched previous seasons of The Challenge know Devenanzio has quite a lot of lifetime-long rivalries. We know Cara Maria Sorbello’s boyfriend, Paulie Calafiore, can’t stand Devenanzio — and, after all, Devenanzio feels the identical. Devenanzio has known as Calafiore “a very sociopathic, narcissistic human being,” and he additionally famous that he felt unhealthy for Sorbello for even courting him. As for Calafiore, he claims Devenanzio tried to get him banned from the present.

Aside from Calafiore, Devenanzio’s most notable Challenge rivalry is actually with Wes Bergmann. Bergmann and Devenanzio have each been taking part in the sport for over a decade collectively, and so they didn’t like one another from the beginning. At the start of Total Madness, Bergmann and Devenanzio additionally expressed their dislike for seeing one another.

On the primary episode of Total Madness, it appears the tides have shifted, although. Bergmann and Devenanzio famous they’re really teaming up this season as a substitute of going towards each other within the hopes of upping their possibilities at a win.

He made probably the most savage transfer in ‘Challenge’ historical past

We’re undecided how ruthless Devenanzio will likely be on Total Madness. But we do know that he has no regrets relating to how he handled Sarah Rice on Rivals III.

Rice and Devenanzio had been teamed up for Rivals III, nevertheless it appears Devenanzio nonetheless had a chip on his shoulder for Rice throwing him into an elimination spherical on a season prior. While Rice and Devenanzio labored properly as a workforce and made it to the finale of Rivals III, there was a twist on the finish. The twist dictated that Devenanzio would be capable of select if he needed to take all the prize cash for himself or do the best factor and break up it with Rice. He took all the cash.

“Why would they put this twist out there? And who better to do it than me and Sarah with the history we have,” Devenanzio instructed the New York Post. “If I don’t, I feel like I’d be letting people down. That’s why I actually say, ‘it’s the fans who took Sarah’s money.’ I had to do it for them. Had I split the money would we still be talking about it right now?”

Devenanzio says his on-screen persona isn’t who he actually is

Devenanzio might have a repute, nevertheless it appears who he’s on The Challenge is probably not his genuine self.

“I always say, what people envision me to be like, in reality, is not who I really am,” he instructed the New York Post. “This man who you’re speaking to — Johnny Bananas — in actual life, would by no means survive on The Challenge. When I’m going on the present, it’s like a coat of armor and altering who I’m.”

Devenanzio additionally famous he needed to make a transparent distinction relating to who he’s on the present and who he’s in actual life, as he might “lose” his “mind” in any other case. And he makes some extent to not make private connections with everybody on the present, as hanging out with them off-screen makes the division tougher.

Overall, he additionally famous that he’s glad Total Madness is over. “That’s all you have to talk about, think about, breathe. It really does get overwhelming.”

We’re excited to see how properly he gala’s this season!

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