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MTV Star Threatens 'Entourage'

I'm The REAL Johnny Bananas!

8/1/2011 4:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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An MTV reality star is threatening to sue the people behind "Entourage" -- claiming the show stole his nickname, "Johnny Bananas" ... and used it to fuel a storyline without his permission.

In case you gave up on "Entourage" ... Johnny Drama recently agreed to be the voice of an animated TV show called "Johnny's Bananas" ... in which the characters are all apes, gorillas, and other primates (above right, below right).

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Problem is, former "Real World" star Johnny Devenanzio (pictured above left) says he's been going by the name "Johnny Bananas" on various MTV shows since 2006 ... and claims he owns the rights to the name.

Now, Johnny Bananas -- the human -- got himself a lawyer ... who fired off a cease and desist letter to HBO, the network behind "Entourage."

In the letter, Johnny's attorney Stephanie Ovadia writes, "If you do not cease and desist ... you leave us little option but to seek judicial intervention."

Johnny tells TMZ he believes the name controversy is "in no way coincidental and is instead an attempt to capitalize on the name recognition which I'm solely responsible for creating."

He adds, "I intend to fight vigorously in defense of the years of hard work and dedication I've spent making Johnny Bananas a household name, and the purpose of this lawsuit is aimed at protecting the integrity of my brand."

UPDATE: A spokesperson for HBO tells TMZ the folks at "Entourage" have not received "any correspondence regarding this matter."


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Scientific    

This guy is joking right??

1095 days ago
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Jason    

Johnny Bananas is no way shape or form a household name. This loser is just looking for a payday. Entourage has been talking about this name since last season so why is the threat just being made now? And FYI if you research the name there are references to that name long before the Real World loser.

1095 days ago
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Bobby    

Johnny Who?

1095 days ago
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rickyd    

who the F^@% is Johnny Devenanzio

1095 days ago
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DeeWA2010    

Whose house? Not mine! The only time I've heard that name, outside of last yr's Entourage, was a mobster movie long ago. He's lives in FANTASY LAND if he thinks he's a "house-hold name". NOT!

1095 days ago
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?    

Who is this guy?

1095 days ago
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KWDragon    

In order to be a "household name," shouldn't someone who doesn't live on the Jersey Shore or in the Hills have heard of him before? Seriously, these MTV jokers should just go away and accept their lack of relevance...

1095 days ago
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?    

Who is this guy? Ive never even heard of him in my life

1095 days ago
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bozzman    

he's a jerk but he's been johnny bananas for years

1095 days ago
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Perky    

Never heard of him. What a loser.

1095 days ago
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El Marto    

They should just use this real event in the script for the next show. Due to a legal fight, the character needs to change his name from Johnny Bananas to something other ridicoulus. Perfect solution to a silly problem.

1095 days ago
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bob    

on his twitter he says "We believe HBO and the series Entourage, in particular, the cartoon ape they seemed to create out of thin air, who just so happens to go by"..........create out of thin air?! the characters name is Johnny, and he is known for getting mad which is why its called Johnny Bananas! also entourage started 2004, and your real word started 2006 so........

1095 days ago
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destini    

He is such a pr*ck on Real world Im not surprised at all

1095 days ago
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bob    

what a loser. Get a real job! ive called my friend Johnny bananas since i met him in the 80s. maybe he should sue.

1095 days ago
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Jake    

This D-bag from MTV is crazy.. I have never heard of Johny Banana's prior to Entourage, this guy is trying to extend his four minutes of fame. He did not make Johny Banana's a househould name, becasue you could take a poll and 90% of america still wouldn't know WTF you are talking about!

1095 days ago
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