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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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61.

nof    

*"Nuisance_suits" are the quickest road out of town - and usually an admission that someone's gone about as far as humanly possible - i.e. one last (quick) pay day.

*"Nuisance_suits" used to be worth a surefire "low-six-figures," but no more -

*You couldn't have made a bigger mistake -

1078 days ago
62.

Linda    

"I intend to fight vigorously in defense of the years of hard work and dedication I've spent making Johnny Bananas a household name" Hahahahahahahahahahaha. That's hilarious. Oh, wait, is he serious? Then, Hahahahahahahahahahaha, what a delusional freak show.

1078 days ago
63.

Mike    

hahahahaha are you friggin kidding me?? He actually thinks Entourage has heard of him?? hahaha and that they would want so badly to use that name like its soooo great? hahahah

1078 days ago
64.

Franc    

The guy's got a good case. Hope he takes down HBO. I stopped watching Entourage when they made a porn star a cast member. Too bad cuz I used to like the series. Now I don't care what happens. Kinda like Vince in that clip.

1078 days ago
65.

Chrissy    

Well...since I have neither seen nor heard of this Real World loser, my guess is he won't get very far.

1078 days ago
66.

Eric    

I don't know about anyone else, but when I hear Johnny Bananas, I think of Real World Johnny D. He may not be a household name with you people, but he is to The Challenge faithful (which there are a lot of). He's been using this name for many, many years. Do I think there should be a lawsuit over it? Hell no. But there's no denying that he's had the name longer and people know him by it. Real Worlders do TONS public appearances. There is no denying that he has some celebrity. I should point out that I'm a huge fan of both Entourage and The Challenge. There is no bias. One thing is for sure: This will get some sort of mention during the season. Anyone who goes against Entourage always gets blasted at some point on the show.

1078 days ago
67.

Sonja    

I've watched plenty of season of the Real World over the years.. and even I don't know who this clown.

1078 days ago
68.

shell    

OMG, what an idiot!!! Johnny Bananas is not an original nickname whatsoever. It's like someone saying they came up with the nickname Ana Banana all on their own.

1078 days ago
69.

TMS    

Too bad no one watches MTV shows and has no idea who this Johnny Bananas guy is.

1078 days ago
70.

David    

Never heard of this guy. And John DiFronzo AKA Johnny Bananas is a gangster from the 1940s. Stupid ass reality stars.

1078 days ago
71.

reaperstl    

I can't believe I'm defending "Johnny Bananas" .. but the fact is that's been his moniker for years now, as far back as I remember.

I can't imagine this is intentional -- as, well, seriously.. the guy is a meatball and can't have that big of a fan-base to capitalize on. That being said.. it's even less likely it's coincidence, and someone.. somewhere.. got a naming idea they wouldn't have if not for years of him being Johnny Bananas.. even if in a completely indirect way. And that's enough that it's BS..

Johnny.. you're an a$****.. but for once..or twice.. I'm on your side. This is akin to naming someone Beavis and labeling him a world class butthead.. not direct infringment but hard to argue any other way.

1078 days ago
72.

nate    

LMAO. Who the **** is this douche? Unreal.

1078 days ago
73.

karen    

Who is this guy? He's delusional about being a household name because clearly, nobody knows who he is. And he thinks HBO/Entourage needs to capitalize on his name recognition? What for? The show has done fine on it's own and is about to come to an end. Another MTV reality-douche trying to get his 15-minutes.

1078 days ago
74.

Ashley    

LAME "Johnny"! Johnny Drama MADE Johnny Bananas! Lol nobody cares who you are. Johnny Drama is freaking hilarious and this character just fuels his funny. Don't be lame and quit trying to make a quick publicity stunt so somebody actually googles your name. Pff :)

1078 days ago
75.

krystal    

Johnny Bananas is the man!!!
He has been going by it for a long time. and yes he is a HOUSEHOLD NAME!!!!
Just cuz you guys don*****ch the shows doenst mean hes a nobody

1078 days ago
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