Over the years, Johnny Bananas has expressed his opinions on the newbies of The Challenge, but his latest Instagram rant is gaining more positive responses than ever before.
Johnny took to Instagram Live on Friday to chat with his followers about the casting process for ‘The Challenge,’ and how different it is now that people from random reality shows (such as Big Brother, The Bachelor franchise, etc.) are being cast on the show. Johnny ranted about how expanding the pool of potential cast members has really changed the show’s dynamic, and longtime fans seemed to agree.
“I’m not saying I hate newcomers….you’re right; we do need an injection of new blood in ‘The Challenge.’ I’m saying the injection of blood we’re getting is not the right one,” Johnny said on Instagram Live.
Johnny reminded fans that, for years, the only people who were cast on ‘The Challenge’ were those who had previously appeared on either Road Rules or The Real World. (‘Member when ‘The Challenge’ used to be called ‘Real World/Road Rules Challenge?’ Just me? Sorry, I’m old…)
“To get on ‘The Real World’ or ‘Road Rules,’ there is a very intense casting process, OK?” Johnny said. “On my season of ‘The Real World,’ I was one of 200,000 applicants, which goes to show you the cream really rose to the top.
“You look at all the vets— the really gritty vets, the fan favorites…you want to know what they all had in common? We are all gritty, complex, we’re well-rounded; there’s layers to every single one of them.”
Johnny went on to say that those being cast on the recent ‘Challenge’ seasons don’t have to go through a stringent casting process like he and the old-school vets did.
“Now, it’s like, ‘Have you been on any reality television show ever in your life?'” Johnny said. “Good, you’re cast! So they’re basically putting anyone on. Are you attractive? Are you mildly attractive? Do you like to get drunk and hook up? Perfect, you’re cast!
“And then what happens with that is that lends to people who are there for the wrong reasons,” he continued. “Back in the day, the ‘Challengers’ would come on for the love of the game. We used to go on there to compete, and we weren’t on there to get our Instagram following up. And that’s the problem with this day and age [on ‘The Challenge’].”
Johnny then went into the topic of who is now considered a ‘veteran’ of the game.
“You used to have to earn your stripes,” he said. “You used to have to earn a title. Veteran status? You didn’t get that after [doing] one ‘Challenge.’ You’re talking six, seven seasons before you’re considered a vet. Now, you do one ‘Challenge’ and you’re considered a vet.”
Johnny’s rant— which he later posted to his Twitter account— was met with much agreement from fans.
“This is so spot on!!!” one person wrote in response on Twitter. “So tired of Instagram influences, their daily selfies and being famous for nothing!”
“The past 3-4 seasons have been unwatchable,” another person tweeted. “I remember when I first discovered the show, I binged all the seasons in 4 months. There was so much heart and the casting was top notch. Now I can’t make it through one episode.”
Watch Johnny’s full rant below:
I still agree with myself 👍💯💯 https://t.co/XwWxOyJAkG
— Johnny Bananas (@johnnybananas) February 28, 2020