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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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Professor Chaos    

What an idiot. Hey Johnny. Nobody besides maybe the 12 year old girls tha*****ch MTV have ever heard of you.

1149 days ago
17.

Pen    

wow. what a douche.

1149 days ago
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BaBea    

RIDICULOUS! And, if I'm not mistaken, I don't even think Drama's character is named "Johnny Bananas." His show is called, "Johnny's Bananas" isn't it? Like "Johnny is Bananas" not that his name is officially Johnny Bananas. HBO better not give into this silly threat of a lawsuit.

1149 days ago
19.

Rage    

Entourage is still on TV?

1149 days ago
20.

ffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff    

looks like the only bananna this dude wants is up his rear end...whadda stupid fool!

1149 days ago
21.

Laurie    

This guy is a joke! All of these Reality "Stars" are a big joke, but of course will not go away!

1149 days ago
22.

Gridiron    

For the record, non-celebrity reality show participants are not "stars". Even the celebrity reality show participants are usually washed up has-beens. This guy is more of a never-was.

1149 days ago
23.

Ray    

house hold name? me thinks not, I just know him as the MTV lifer that never wins and Im guessing that record will hold true on this case

1149 days ago
24.

AntiSocialForum.com    

good luck loser. now go kill yourself.

1149 days ago
25.

I am Spartacus    

what a tool. He's a nobody who was on The Real World who thinks he can use this to pay his rent and upgrade from his 96 Corolla. Good luck using this as a pickup line later tonight Johnny Bananas. Do that name proud!

1149 days ago
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pancake    

i cant believe this a$$hhle gonna gt somepaper out of this at now he should take evan and kenny on vacation suck each others ******

1149 days ago
27.

pancake    

in case your wondering that was the D word for penis that gt filter

1149 days ago
28.

Erik    

I grew up with John, used to hang out with him and his sisters. He may be a knucklehead, but dumb he is not. Not even close. They don't let just anybody through Penn State...

1149 days ago
29.

pancake    

*******. just mackn it clear they all give them self BJ,s lol

1149 days ago
30.

lalaland    

Oh, please. He didn't even come up with the name. The other people on the show started calling him that because he has the IQ of an ape. Actually, I apologize to all the apes out there. He's not really such a bad guy, just not the brightest bulb in the chandelier.

1149 days ago
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