Johnny Bananas Opens Up: ‘Somewhat Painful to Watch’

Johnny “Bananas” Devenanzio has been way more concerned in “The Challenge” world throughout this season of “Spies, Lies and Allies” in comparison with final season, principally as a consequence of his new podcast breaking down every episode, “Death, Taxes and Bananas.” The seven-time champ has been taking an prolonged break from the show after profitable “Total Madness” over a yr in the past.

In addition to his personal podcast on The Ringer community, Bananas not too long ago appeared on Scott Yager and Derrick Kosinski’s “Challenge Mania” podcast and spoke in regards to the newest season. They mentioned that the scores for the present season have dropped and Bananas interjected, “That’s placing it properly” and joked that they are in the bathroom.

The “Real World” star then explored why he believes the scores have been poor and what he thinks are the problems with the season.

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Bananas Said He Thinks the Current ‘Challenge’ Has Moved Away From Its Simple Roots & Has Too Many Rookies

Bananas joked that he would most likely get in hassle for saying it however informed Scott and Derrick, “‘The Challenge’ goes the way in which of the buffalo, my good friend. It’s making a speedy descent in direction of extinction and it is considerably painful to observe.” He mentioned one of many foremost causes the show has been so profitable up to now is as a result of it is a “easy idea.”

“It’s really easy,” he defined. He mentioned up to now, the cast would show up and obtained the principles of the sport. “You’re paired up with a rival, you are with an ex, you are a good man or a foul a** or no matter, simple to grasp. The format was simple even in the event you by no means watched the show earlier than… I really feel like what they’ve carried out is now they’ve gotten away from that and now all the pieces’s a twist. Every 5 seconds, this is a twist,” and mentioned they’ve much less of a shock worth now.

He mentioned on high of the twists, there’s now an “inflow of rookies” that followers do not know in any respect. “I get what they’re making an attempt to do, they’re making an attempt to increase the model globally,” he added, “however I feel the error they’re making is like, ‘The Challenge’ followers, the fandom… who’ve adopted us and watched us develop up by way of the years they do not need to meet new individuals.”

He mentioned he understands the show must get new individuals on the show to thrive long-term however that he thinks it is “an excessive amount of too fast.” Bananas added that he does not need to simply communicate negatively in regards to the show: “I do not need it to go away,” he defined. “I take a look at ‘The Challenge’ like a household and like my youngsters. I spent a decade and a half of my life placing sweat toil and tears into this and I wanna see or not it’s profitable.”

Bananas Also Spoke With Wes About the Veteran Alliance & Wes Called Them ‘F****** Idiots’

After the third episode of the season, Bananas welcomed his former rival, Wes Bergmann, to the “Death, Taxes and Bananas” podcast and the 2 mentioned the continuing season, with each calling out the veteran gamers competing. Bananas requested Wes what he thought in regards to the vet technique of going after solely rookies and forming the notorious “veteran alliance.”

Wes informed his co-star that the technique is a “sensible” one however then slammed the vets. “I feel that they are all idiots. They’re working round with facial expressions as if that they had invented one thing that had by no means been carried out or used earlier than.” He added, “You f****** idiots. We have been making an attempt to elucidate this to you for the final 5 years that that is how the sport is meant to be performed. But you narcissistic ego, attention-seeking individuals simply need to deviate from that plan to get clout.”

Wes mentioned the veterans should not have taken so lengthy to determine that technique, which is what the OG stars of the show have been doing for a lot of seasons earlier than the present veterans joined the sport. Bananas agreed and mentioned they should not be bragging a lot about their technique. “Act such as you’ve been right here earlier than,” he mentioned. “I’ve all the time mentioned this. When you execute the right transfer or the right technique, you sort of hold it to your self.”

“The Challenge: Spies, Lies and Allies” airs on MTV on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific instances.


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