Recently, Bananas had TJ Lavin on his Death, Taxes, and Bananas podcast. It was a fun walk down memory lane, and the two reminisced on a lot of old Challenge moments. But the show didn’t end with a farewell; it was a see-you-soon.
Bananas claims he’s ready to return to The Challenge. He’s only been gone for two seasons, but he feels that the break should come to an end.
His last season was Total Madness, and even though he won, it was a tough time. Being locked in a bunker is enough to drive a lot of people crazy, and Bananas was no exception. TJ and Bananas both know that the show has changed a lot over the years. Cast members have lost a lot of freedoms, and production does a good job of making the game the center of everyone’s lives. The bunker upped that mentality a notch.
The people on the show now look a bit different. TJ said he loves seeing international cast members on the show. Bananas isn’t so welcoming.
So, Bananas feels Season 38 will have a lot of veterans coming out of the woodwork to compete again. From the language used in the conversation, Bananas made his return seem very, very likely. Nothing is confirmed yet because production has been pushed back, but Bananas seems confident about his decision.
I’m not going to read into this too much, but it would be nice to have some familiar faces on the show. It seems like a lot of old-schoolers have opted for All Stars, but season 4 is still pending. So, they might look to the main series to get back into the competitions.
I’m hoping this is true. I haven’t always been the biggest fan of Bananas, but at this point, I will take any Real World representation I can get.