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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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31.

Sandy    

OK Johnny!! Like anyone cares and is listening to you!!!!!

1118 days ago
32.

rebullesq11    

There is no attorney by that name licensed to practice law in California.

1118 days ago
33.

tenley    

Never heard of him, and legally, it's not the same name or even a name with the apostrophe. (Johnny's Bananas = Johnny is Bananas.) And if Amazon can come along and successfully win in a case brought by an internationally known, longstanding lesbian bookstore called Amazon years ago, well, pfffftt. I had at least known of that bookstore, but never even heard of this guy.

1118 days ago
34.

Superman    

Not a "household name"! Never heard of "Johnny Bananas" until now.

1118 days ago
35.

Karma    

BUAHAHAHA!! R U SERIOUS! i have seen the realworld show (can't believe thier still bleeding that cow!) and i am a hardcore entourage fan....and NEVER ONCE did i think of him when watching that show..u think too much of yourself "johnny bananas"..and ur good name! please, u ruined that a long time ago buddy!

1118 days ago
36.

Karmakittie    

So...if he can sue, does that mean Broken Lizard can turn around and sue him? Johnny Banana is the Monkey on the drug packets in "Super Troopers"....and that was 2002......JS'N

1118 days ago
37.

CCC    

One thing for sure, the guy sure stands like an ape. Must have scabs on his knuckles. I've never heard of this ape/man before, but I can only guess that his days as a "celebrity" are numbered.

1118 days ago
38.

EarthAngel    

Gee......kinda reminiscent of LiLo and that ETrade commercial.....her delusional perception that when the name "Lindsay" is used the ENTIRE UNIVERSE will automatically think of her!! LOL

1118 days ago
39.

ella    

is this douche for real??? he thinks a genius show like Entourage, which employs really smart writers looked to this clown for inspiration? HA! What a joke! Note to you MTV Real Worlders, etc...You're NOT celebrities. Oy.

1118 days ago
40.

Ray    

its a firm on the east coast... did the lohan e trade suite i think

1118 days ago
41.

2idiots    

I dont know who this guy is but the top left pic looks like its from the cover o*****ay porn, sorry to say it but it does!

1118 days ago
42.

Her Imperial and Royal Majesty    

Please, please, please --- don´t let that guy´s pants fall down.

1118 days ago
43.

mike    

haha check out johnny bananas ebay page

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=270792140559&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT

1118 days ago
44.

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

*or maybe Johnny Knoxville should sue this fool for looking like him, because that's who I thought he was... Johnny Knoxville must be losing millions like Kim K and Old Navy.

1118 days ago
45.

Luvjaq    

really.. did we just have the words Johnny Bananas and integrity in the same sentence?.. seriously?!?!

1118 days ago
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