Johnny Bananas: ‘The Challenge’ Has Taken a ‘Concerning Direction’

Love him or hate him, Johnny “Bananas” Devenanzio is an integral a part of “The Challenge” world and he is performed an necessary function in serving to the show develop over time regardless of his absence the final couple of seasons. Even although he is off our screens in the intervening time, he is been very vocal about season 37 and provided his perspective — and constructive criticisms — on the show’s course.

Bananas, who now hosts the “Death, Taxes and Bananas” podcast breaking down “Spies, Lies and Allies,” has been crucial of the present season however advised E! News that he is offering “constructive criticism.” He stated he loves “The Challenge” and it is a main a part of his life so he needs to see it proceed to achieve success for a very long time.

“I grew up on this show and I spent my twenties and now the vast majority of my thirties, a number of the finest years of my life, on this show,” he advised the outlet in an unique interview. “I’ve spilled a lot blood and tears into the show that I wish to see it’s profitable greater than anybody.” That being stated, he had so much to say in regards to the show and the place he thinks it is struggling in addition to what it may do to enhance.

Bananas Had Several Suggestions, From the Format of the Show to the Casting Choices

Bananas advised the outlet that he is felt the necessity to communicate out in regards to the “regarding course” he thinks the show has taken just lately. “If it ain’t broke, do not repair it,” he stated, explaining that the simplicity of the show that followers liked has been changed by too many “bells and whistles and gimmicks” previously few seasons.

An onslaught of latest personalities on the show from all around the world has made it much more troublesome to get longtime followers on board, he defined, as lots of them have attachments to the veterans they watched for years. While Bananas acknowledged that these vets are getting older and with out new “Real World” seasons to select rookies from producers need to look elsewhere, “I simply suppose they’ll go about doing it a distinct manner.”

His final suggestion was concerning the format of the latest seasons and spoke about well-liked themes from the previous that had been glorious at creating drama whereas conserving issues easy for viewers, like Rivals, Good Guys vs. Bad A**** and even Exes. However, he clarified, “I do not actually know if I wish to take care of Exes at the moment,” as the truth star just lately break up from Morgan Willett amid dishonest allegations.

Bananas Hasn’t Revealed If or When He Will Return to the Show But Shared a Glimpse at What’s the Most Likely Scenario

So does Bananas suppose he’ll be again to “The Challenge” quickly? “The downside with the flagship show now’s it is so lengthy,” he answered. “It’s eight to 10 weeks.” He stated along with his different obligations just like the podcast and NBC’s “1st Look,” which requires him to movie 21 episodes for a season, it will be actually laborious to go away for that size of time.

“If and after I do return, it is like, I do not wish to do it half-a**,” Bananas stated. The seven-time champ defined that he has no real interest in simply occurring the show to receives a commission and depart as it will “cheapen” his legacy. “If and when my schedule does accommodate ‘The Challenge,’ I’d be greater than prepared to return and I feel it is what ‘The Challenge’ wants slightly bit, too, is a few steerage.”

“All Stars,” which can see its second season premiere on November 11, is a extra probably choice for the truth star as a result of there’s a shorter time dedication and the vibe is extra interesting to him, he stated. While the “Real World” alum will not be on the second season, a few his former “Key West” co-stars shall be competing, specifically Tyler Duckworth and Janelle Casanave.


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