Back in August we heard the sad news that the REAL Johnny Bananas, Real World: Key West cast member John Devenanzio, sent a cease-and-desist letter to HBO claiming that he’s been going by the name “Johnny Bananas” since 2006 and (therefor?) owns the rights to it. Entourage, of course, had been using “Johnny’s Bananas” as the name of a cartoon starring everyone’s favorite man just in general, Johnny Drama. HOW DARE THEY EVEN? If they did NOT cease-and-desist, his attorney Stephanie Ovadia wrote, “You leave us little option but to seek judicial intervention.” And it turns out HBO just kept showing Entourage, like a regular bunch of Johnny Duhnanas. AND NOW LOOK WHAT THEY’VE DONE. From The Hollywood Reporter (doyoyoy):
This past summer, Devenanzio had his lawyer fire off a cease-and-desist letter to HBO. The threats apparently did nothing to scare the network. So, on Monday, Devenanzio filed a complaint in New York Superior Court against HBO, parent Time Warner, and “Entourage” creator Doug Ellin. The lawsuit charges the defendants with featuring an “unwarranted, unauthorized, and unfavorable mention of plaintiff’s name and personality, and allusions to plaintiff’s physical and mental character.”
Hahaha, name AND personality AND physical and mental character. “That cartoon monkey voiced by Johnny Drama on a fake TV show within the TV show Entourage has my name, personality, and physical and mental character.” - John Devenanzio. When OUR Johnny Bananas was asked what he thought of the lawsuit, Kevin Dillon responded that he thought it was a “bummer.” Indeed. If Devenanzio wins, we may never see the final season of Entourage in syndication. Obviously our thoughts and prayers are with the cast of Entourage and Gabe Delahaye at this trying time.