Johnny Bananas Talks ‘Celebrity Sleepover’ & Being Vulnerable –


We spoke to Johnny Bananas EXCLUSIVELY about why followers of ‘The Challenge’ will love him on ‘Celebrity Sleepover’!

Fans of The Challenge can nonetheless get their Johnny “Bananas” Devenanzio fill due to his new LXTV sequence, Celebrity Sleepover, which will probably be airing on NBC owned and operated networks following Saturday Night Live. Johnny serves as host of the present, which options him just about interviewing superstar friends in a sleepover setting. Needless to say, it is going to be fairly totally different than something we’ve seen Johnny do earlier than.

“It’s basically taking the reality television Johnny Bananas persona and fine-tuning it,” Johnny defined to  EXCLUSIVELY. “It’s changed a lot. I’ve had to go from being the loud, boisterous, over-the-top, colorful, I’m-going-to-absorb-all-the-oxygen-in-the-room-and-not-give-you-a-word-in-edgewise guy, to a more toned down and, dare I say, serious and vulnerable version of myself. I really had to focus on listening. I thought talking was exhausting — listening is twice as exhausting! It’s been a process. I like to think I’ve come a long way.”

Johnny Bananas on ‘Celebrity Sleepover.’ (LXTV)

That’s to not say that Johnny’s followers from The Challenge and 1st Look gained’t respect this new enterprise, although. “People are going to see a different side of me, but at the same time, teachers and administrators and bosses have been trying to get me to be better behaved and to be less disruptive and sarcastic since I was in elementary school….and it hasn’t worked yet,” Johnny laughed. “I’m still going to be myself. You’re still going to get Johnny Bananas. You’re just going to get a more grown up, polished version of who I am.”

Johnny additionally admitted that the toughest factor for him to regulate to was not being the focal point, so he might let his friends shine. “The Challenge is all about stealing the attention — every moment is a moment,” he defined. “You want to say the most tongue-in-cheek or edgy sound bite that you can. With these interviews, as much as I want to interject or get a quip in there, it’s not about that anymore. It’s about being interested, not being interesting.”

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Johnny Bananas rocks pajamas for ‘Celebrity Sleepover.’ (LXTV)

On how internet hosting ‘Celebrity Sleepover’ has modified him: I feel it’s made me extra of a whole on-air tv persona. I’ve extra to supply than I did earlier than. I received some good recommendation for internet hosting — individuals WANT data. A nicely landed joke will assist the knowledge come out, but when every little thing’s a punchline, nobody takes it critically. It’s virtually like discovering the extra critical and weak aspect of myself and being okay to place that half on the market.

On why the present appealed to him, though it’s totally different than something he’s achieved earlier than: It’s an new problem. I like difficult myself and discovering new methods to problem myself. I is probably not dangling off a constructing or climbing in knee-deep snow or operating into somebody headfirst in a hallway, however this has arguably been one of the crucial rewarding challenges I’ve achieved in a very long time.

On what viewers can count on: We’ve taken the standard speak present format and fine-tuned it into a way more unconventional, playful format. The friends are of their pajamas, which I feel, proper off the bat, virtually modifications the dynamic. They’re much more relaxed and in a playful temper. The sleepover scene brings you again to being a child, and we’ve added some actually enjoyable video games to it so it’s virtually just like the sleepover you’ve all the time wished however by no means knew you wanted to have. We’re actually capitalizing on nostalgia and attempting to deliver individuals again to after they had these sleepovers. People are going to get numerous issues they weren’t anticipating.

Celebrity Sleepover premieres after Saturday Night Live on April 3. Johnny’s first visitor is Tiffani Thiessen.

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