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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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46.

MP    

God, what a complete douchebag. I love the MTV Challenges and that's the only thing I watch on that channel, but get real Johnny, you are far from a household name. I would imagine Entourage is done filming already since they only have 8 or so episodes this season, so I doubt anything will come of this legal issue. Team Entourage.

1076 days ago
47.

ted    

"Protect the Integrity of my brand"

What a douchebag.

1076 days ago
48.

B-Rett    

The funniest part of this story is that I have never heard of this D-Bag or Johny Bananas since Entourage mentioned it!!! If anything this dude should appreciate the fact that HBO you just him on the map!

1076 days ago
49.

Tim    

The show is called "Johnny's Bananas" as in "Johnny is Bananas." The context is different. It's completely unrelated. Entourage people didn't steal anything, especially from a guy like that.

1076 days ago
50.

Mason    

*facepalm.... if only the season wasn't in the can already then maybe Doug Ellin could have written in the story of a douchebag washed-up reality "star" suing Billy Walsh, CBS and the whole gang...

someone must need to pay rent this month

1076 days ago
51.

hewittness    

by the way, it's jonny's bananas, not johnny bananas, vanilla ice won the fight with his little excuse for ice ice baby i'm sure hbo will win for an obvious show title difference in name. plus. just because you wanna keep your douche name to yourself so "everyone" can remember who you are the one time out of the year you are on tv...has been go away

1076 days ago
52.

gemini81    

He should get the rights to the name Major Douchebag instead, that fits him perfectly.

1076 days ago
53.

Breathless    

Also...Could that photo of him BE more gay?! I think I've seen that pose before many times in my cousin's softcore gay porno mags...

1076 days ago
54.

Breathless    

Seriously? A household name? I don't even know who this guy is and I watch MTV fairly often. Was he one of the guys that one of the Jersey Shore girls brought home or something? Either way - He looks and sounds like a straight-up tool...Oh, wait, Tool Academy season 5828274 can be his next "reality TV" career move! LOL!

1076 days ago
55.

Brian    

Hate to say it but, Johnny bananas has a point.
I know who he is. A lot of people know who he is.

A little extreme calling it a household name or a brand, but, if he has registered the name (similar to like the situation had to) ... If he registered it, he owns it.

1076 days ago
56.

Sizzle Chest    

No question this guy is a world class douche; however, there is also no question that his attorney is worse (She's a personal injury attorney: lawofficestephanieovadia.com; not an Intellectual Property Attorney). Aside from the remote possibility of obtaining some kind of injunctive relief, the guy has to prove substantial detriment/dissolution of branding and/or intentional infringement and monetary damages to get anything at all - what damages? There are currently no Trademarks filed with the USPTO (HBO get on it) and he markets no products (aside from personal appearances in his legal name - see IMDB). These kind of frivolous lawsuits are what bog down the legal system and cost taxpayers money. Again, douchebag.

1076 days ago
57.

Nostradamus    

They should send in CT to shut him up.

1076 days ago
58.

cman    

Johnny Bananas? What a douchebag. Entourage is a great show. He is a great waste of space. Go back to Penn State, I think they are hiring a janitor.

1076 days ago
59.

Paul    

Definitely Johnny Bananas from the Challenge got his name stolen, exactly what I thought when I first saw it on Entourage

1076 days ago
60.

Stefanie    

Good for him!! Johnny Bananas is a well known name in the MTV community, anybody tha*****ches MTV knows who he is. He might actually win this.

And for those saying he's a douche, don't speak about someone inless you know them.

1076 days ago
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