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    Re: The Challenge: Season 29

    This is interesting:

    https://theringer.com/johnny-bananas...55e#.gebks4314

    Johnny Bananas Reveals Why He Took the Money on ‘The Challenge’

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    On Wednesday night’s Challenge: Rivals III finale, Johnny Bananas took advantage of a special wrinkle in the show and stabbed his partner, Sarah, in the back. At stake? $275,000. Rather than split the money with Sarah, he took the pot for himself. On the latest episode of The Bill Simmons Podcast, Bananas explained his reasoning for what he did, going all the way back to his history with Sarah on Battle of the Exes II.

    Check out the full podcast here. This transcript has been edited and condensed.

    Bill Simmons: So to recap: Challenge — there’s some wrinkle at the end, and the final challenge, we’re keeping track of the checkpoints, and whoever’s ahead can just keep all the money. So $275,000 at stake. You have Sarah, you have a history with Sarah, Sarah stabbed you in the back [in 2015]. It was one of the only times the Bananas didn’t see it coming.

    Johnny Bananas: I did not see it coming, man.

    The cardinal rule in The Challenge and in game shows in general is to not let your personal feelings and reality mix with the game that you’re playing. And that’s what I did.

    It took me a while to come to terms with it. But in my defense, there are people that I do the show with and Sarah’s one of the few girls that I’ve had an ongoing alliance with. But like with Kenny and Evan and Leroy and Mark and going back to when I used to work with Derrick — there are certain people [for whom] your friendship transcends the show [and] what happens on the show tends to spill into your real life. And I really did consider Sarah before Exes a really close friend of mine. Now, we didn’t talk all the time and I didn’t call her on her birthday. But I hung out with her outside of the show, which is very rare for me, so when that happened … I didn’t see it coming. It was a total blindside.

    Like, if a CT or a Wes screws me over … more power to you, man, because I knew it was coming. I know what side you’re on and you know what side I’m on — it’s never a surprise. With her — and what she had preached for so many years about how she plays [the game] straight-up — for that to happen with her the way that it did, I had to take my own medicine, and I’m like … she rewrote the rules of the game and rules of engagement.

    After Exes, she was like “I’m done. I’m getting married having babies I’m getting a real job.” Which I thought was kind of like a backhanded slap at people who were still doing the show.

    She got married, and then she ends up coming back. I knew what the format was before we came on the show, but I had figured since she made this grand exit — and she was like “I’m done doing Challenges” — there’s no way she’ll be my partner. I found out the day before we left for Mexico that she was going to be my partner. And I was pretty sick about it — and I had said this in the past — if she’s ever back on another Challenge, all bets are off. She’s going to be the first one that I’m setting my [sights] on. Then when I find out we’re going to be partners, now not only am I not going to be able to touch her but then there’s a possibility that I’m gonna win her money at the end. It just didn’t sit right with me.

    I really didn’t have that much animosity still. I really didn’t. I had kind of gotten over a lot of it. I’m like, “You know what, whatever. We’re here, we’re going to compete, we’re going to do well.” But for the sake of the show, I’m like, “How great would this story arc be if we start off as mortal enemies?” We can’t get our sh*t together. Halfway through the show, we start working well together. We kind of have this coming to Jesus moment, and then we just murder the show and ride off into the sunset. And that is pretty much exactly how it went.

    We didn’t know about [the wrinkle with the chance to keep the money]. Everyone’s like, “Oh, you didn’t mean anything you said to her throughout the show.” Well, I didn’t know about this wrinkle. I didn’t know about this curveball. This was something that they dropped on us at the last minute, which might [be] the most diabolical plot twist ever on a Challenge or any other show.

    Everybody knew who was going to win out of us teams. I knew we were going to get first, but nobody knew who was going to come out with [the] most points, and nobody knew what the respective person was going to do.

    When we got to the final and when [TJ Lavin] dropped this bomb on us — it’s so funny, the other two teams when they find out they’re kind of like, “Oh wow, that’s crazy.” Me and Sarah are both staring at the ground. And I think the reason why is because the same thing was going through both of our heads: I’m going to take the money from this person.

    And it’s so easy for her fans and for her to say, “No, I wouldn’t have.” But you have already. You’ve done it in the past. We already have a fractured relationship. People want to make it out like, “Oh, but you guys became such good friends.” That was television. And what you see on TV and these relationships that develop, nine times out of 10 don’t transfer through into real life.
    OK, he translates a power move into her taking money from him, regardless that he didn't win the elimination round which was on him.
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    Bananas is MTV's "face" of The Challenge, so of course they're going to play up any storyline that doesn't make him look like the terrible person he is. Frankly, I think MTV chose poorly by tying the show to Bananas, but I guess he's the kind of person the millennials MTV is trying to cater to see as some sort of heroic figure, even though, when I look at him, all I see is a manipulative, back-stabbing, second-tier competitor who has had the advantage and protection of being put in many favorable situations by production.
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    Hopefully some millenials that are sjw's don't start protesting the show outside of mtv headquarters.

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    A lot of polidicking going on now.

    Shane reminds me of Cohutta in that everybody seems to like him, but he's probably not really a threat to any of the big dogs.

    Nelson reminds me of Theo in that he talks a lot, but just isn't that good compared to the elite guys.

    That monk walking by with TJ saying "Hello" just cracked me up.

    Man, this elimination round feels like it could be a leg in a weak final, like the one from Bloodlines.

    Sylvia cries at everything, doesn't she?

    The men being a little hyped at the amenities gave me a chuckle.

    Just seeing all the "underdogs" faces fall when they see the champs come in was pretty amusing.

    Tony's reaction to CT is the best. Bananas, tho...
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    Crying Slyvie beating Latoya .. surprise .. I am hearing a lot of bragging from both genders and not really seeing results.

    I seriously hope that the Champions beat the newbies (except Jenna) to litty bitty piles of goo.

    Do hope Jenna gets over Zach as he is a jerk.
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    The Challenge: Season 29

    ^ And cheated on her. I hope Shane wins. He's the only one I'm cheering for.


    ETA: Giggity22, I've been saying all along that MTV was looking for that moment and of course he(Bananas) was going to give it to them.

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    I'm just hoping CT shows up with his old-man strength and smokes everybody.
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    Considering the physical shape the Champions are in I don't think many of the newbies have a chance against them. Sylvie never claimed to be in shape and it was rather obvious that she is not but I kinda like it when braggarts like Latoya and last week's episode tell everyone how great they are and don't backup their fairy tales.
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    Considering only CT and Bananas got Hall of Fame specials, I'm starting to think MTV wanted to give Bananas a special, but didn't want to tip their hand on just how much they're pushing him to be the face of The Challenge, so they reluctantly produced another special for CT.
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    Why do you get so drunk you pee a golden shower that people observe and film right before a possible elimination. Thank you for showing the world what freedom, an education, does for a female. Kailah, I am sure your parents, friends, and yourself are so proud of your actions. Show the world what a real woman is like and what is that you ask? Why a drunken slobbering a$$ just like a guy. Ain't equality grand.
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