John “Bananas” Devenanzio: Girlfriend, Biography, Job, The Challenge

(Last Updated On: May 14, 2017)

Johnny ‘Bananas’ Devenanzio was born in June, 1982. He is 35 years old in 2017. Johnny ‘Bananas’ Devenanzio came to fame with the The Challenge television series (Real World / Road Rules Challenge). He is one of the MTV franchise’s most famous alums, who has appeared numerous times on the spinoff series.

John was first introduced to the MTV audience in February 2006, during the inaugural episode of Real World: Key West. Over the years, Johnny ‘Bananas’ Devenanzio has established an impressive track record. John has the most challenge wins and most appearances in a final challenge. He is the most decorated champion in Challenge history, winning $685,000 over 14 seasons and numerous challenges. Knowing this, we can assume that in 2017, Johnny Bananas’s net worth must be over half a million dollars.

In a surprise twist, ‘Bananas’ returned to the hit series with The Challenge: Invasion in February 2017. The new format was filmed in Krabi, Thailand. The veteran Johnny ‘Bananas’ Devenanzio is known for partying hard (though he denied being on drugs during ‘Challenge Rivals 3’ Finale), ruffling feathers and winning a lot.

Johnny ‘Bananas’ De Venanzio also has an impressive dating record. The 35 year old American reality TV contestant has been in relationships with Camila Nakagawa (2010 – 2011), has had encounters with Casey Cooper (2006) and Nany González. He started dating Hannah Teter in 2012. As far as we know, the Johnny and Hannah Teter, an Olympian who’s won two medals are still together.

Bananas is famous and infamous for pulling the most cunning and cutthroat move in Challenge history – not splitting his winnings with his partner (Sarah Rice Patterson). Later she accused him of having Adderall (a prescription amphetamine that can have severe effects when taken recreationally) in his possession during the finale. Johnny said that his ability to sleep was a giveaway he was not on drugs.

In 2011, HBO started a lawsuit against John ‘Bananas’ in connection to his trademark name. MTV reality star John Devenanzio said he was already known as Johnny Bananas in the entertainment world, and brought his own claim against HBO alleging that HBO’s Entourage damaged his name and caused him distress by featuring their character “Johnny Bananas” (character in an Entourage animation series that featured apes). Devenanzio’s claims were dismissed by a New York judge Judge Lucy Billings, as he filed his claims too late.

Johnny ‘Bananas’ Devenanzio Biography

Johnny ‘Bananas’ De Venanzio was born in June, 1982. John’s surname has Italian roots. The Roman cognomen Venantius is based on the Venetian verb to “hunt”, and means “hunter”.

John grew up in Fullerton, CA and studied at Fullerton Union High School (Class of 2000). He graduated from Pennsylvania State University, where Johnny ‘Bananas’ earned his nickname during his time in PSU thanks to his crazy antics. While at PSU, John lived in University Park, PA. John has also lived in: Saint Charles, MO and Garden City, NY.

John Devenanzio is the owner of XTREME BOXING AND FITNESS physical fitness facilities (Fullerton, California).

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