‘The Challenge 35’: Host T.J. Lavin Denies Reports of Rigging

by Jeremy Spirogis
BMX rider and television host T.J. Lavin attends Touchdown for Charity

[SPOILER ALERT: This article incorporates spoilers from The Challenge finale.]

Throughout The Challenge Season 35, many studies have surfaced that the season was rigged for six-time champ Johnny “Bananas” Devenanzio. He has denounced the rumors in addition to host T.J. Lavin, who insisted there may be “no funny business.”

BMX rider and television host T.J. Lavin attends Touchdown for Charity's celebrity fantasy football draft
BMX rider and tv host T.J. Lavin attends Touchdown for Charity’s superstar fantasy soccer draft
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Johnny ‘Bananas’ Devenanzio gained ‘The Challenge 35’

In 2006, then 22-year-old latest school graduate Johnny “Bananas” Devenanzio debuted on The Real World: Key West earlier than competing on the 13th season of competitors spinoff collection, The Challenge.

Although he and his associate have been eradicated first, Bananas returned for The Inferno 3, the place he made it to the finals, profitable $10,000. After a disappointing efficiency in The Gauntlet 3, he gained the next two challenges, taking residence over $127,000 from each.

The Real World star then misplaced Cutthroat earlier than profitable back-to-back seasons once more, incomes a complete of $128,000. The veteran positioned second in Rivals II, accumulating $17,500 earlier than profitable Free Agents, the place he walked away with $125,000.

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Eliminated earlier than the finals within the following two seasons, Johnny Bananas bounced again and gained Rivals III, the place he infamously saved the whole $250,000 grand prize for himself.

He then missed the finals for the following six seasons in a row earlier than profitable Total Madness.

Reports of rigging for Johnny ‘Bananas’ Devenanzio

Many followers imagine this season, the veteran’s 20th, was rigged for the popular cast member from what different co-stars have mentioned and since they suppose the foundations modified to learn him.

For instance, Cara Maria Sorbello and Paulie Calafiore claimed they, alongside a number of of their allies from War of the Worlds 2, weren’t part of Total Madness as a result of they beforehand labored in opposition to Johnny Bananas.

Sorbello has additionally famous she already knew this season was rigged for the six-time champ in a direct message dialog with a fan and referred to The Challenge as extra of a TV present than a contest.

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Additionally, she claimed the 38-year-old labored out a cope with his longstanding rival Wes Bergmann earlier than the present. Many followers discovered it odd that the one every day problem price cash was the trivia one which Bergmann gained earlier than throwing himself into Purgatory in opposition to his newfound ally.

The elimination spherical was additionally a recreation of an opportunity that concerned discovering batteries over which manufacturing had full management. Additionally, Johnny Bananas knew that Jenny West and Dee Nguyen have been competing in a Hall Brawl despite the fact that the elimination spherical wasn’t used each season.

Finally, all through the season, many rivals talked concerning the million-dollar prize, and it appeared as if just one particular person would win it. However, host T.J. Lavin introduced the highest female and male would earn their share of the million on the finals, inflicting many to imagine they modified it once they noticed West beating the veteran.

T.J. Lavin slams studies of rigging

After The Challenge 35 finale, the 38-year-old went dwell on Instagram to rejoice his seventh win along with his followers. Lavin popped in, and Devenanzio added him so they may talk about the finals.

The veteran requested the host to handle the rumors that they reshot the introduction to vary it from one winner takes all to the primary place female and male so he would additionally win.

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The BMX rider denounced the studies and famous he wouldn’t have reshot it due to how chilly they have been on the market. He promised there’s “no funny business,” insisted that nobody performs favorites, and claimed that “everything is 100” and “solid.”

Many followers nonetheless aren’t shopping for it and are satisfied manufacturing rigged Total Madness to assist Johnny Bananas get his seventh win for his 20th season.

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