Man Crush Monday: Johnny “Bananas” Devenanzio

Know what one of my favorite television shows is? ‘The Challenge‘, it is by far one of the most entertaining shows that MTV has ever put together, and it is simply perfect. What’s better than putting seven strangers in a house? Putting about 24 people in a house that only slightly know each other (for the most part) adding alcohol, then having them do different challenges, to stay in the house. It is absolute gold.

Know who the golden child of ‘The Challenge’ is? Johnny Bananas. Someone who had to grow on me for a few years, but he has made a career out of being on challenges and kind of branding himself in a way. Not only does he appear on nearly every season of this show for the past ten or so years, he also has his own company that sells Banana Swag. He is a mini empire for sure.

In my opinion Johnny started off unlikable but over the years, he has become one of the best to do it. There is always a debate on whether Johnny or CT are better, and I am going to plead the fifth on that one. They are both incredible competitors.

With that, Johnny is my Man Crush Monday this week because he deserves it. Reality stars need love too. He is also a babe, so again, he deserves it.

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MTV Star Johnny Bananas Gives Generous Gift To Inspiring 13 Year Old Kasey Harvey

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“It was just a simple act of creating a T-shirt and selling a T-shirt and putting a T-shirt in a bag and sending it to people,” the athlete tells MTV News about his Diem Strong merchandise, with the proceeds going to D’s fundraiser website MedGift. “Now, when it’s all said and done, it has the ability to affect the outcome of someone’s life. There was never a person — there was never a face — that this money was going to help.”

But everything changed when JB learned about Kasey Harvey, a 13-year-old Californian battling a rare type of cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma.

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First things first I have to say that this young woman deserves this gift, after reading about what she has gone through I can only imagine how much this gift will help her. Second, Johnny Bananas you are incredible. I’m not sure if people watched the recent season of ‘Battle of the Exes’ but there was an online portion that was showed every week after the actual show aired. Every single week Johnny had the words MedGift on his arms and since then he has been a big supporter of the cause in honor of his friend Diem who passed away late last year.

Seeing celebrities going out of their way to make sure that people can receive the treatments needed is incredible. On the MTV website there is a video of Johnny and Kasey and it is truly beautiful. Seeing the bond that the two obviously share is something beautiful.

I am so glad that Kasey was brought to Johnny’s attention and that he was able to help her out.

So Johnny I hope you keep your charity going and help other people in need! Kasey, you keep fighting and kicking ass!


“It’s like Diem 2.0,” he states of the young fighter. “It’s kind of like I’m getting another shot at trying to help out and lend a hand. Kasey’s willingness to show herself to the world, exactly how she is, and allow the world to be there front and center — that’s impressive for anyone. And D was the same way.”