NEW YORK, NY – (July 12th, 2018) - The long standing and legendary star of MTV's "The Challenge" Johnny 'Bananas' Devenanzio is embarking on his biggest adventure yet as the new host of the NBC Owned Stations’ travel series "1st Look". Known for his breakout role crisscrossing the world for 17 seasons on MTV's "The Challenge," Johnny Bananas has a thirst to experience firsthand what life has to offer. With exciting escapades and unparalleled access, Johnny will be traveling the country and the world exploring the most thrilling travel destinations and uncovering the most unique stories. From climbing the mountains of Mt. Denali to searching for UFOs, Johnny is up for the challenge.
Johnny Bananas will make his debut on the late-night series Saturday, September 29th, following "Saturday Night Live" on NBC-owned television stations across the country, which include WNBC in New York; KNBC in Los Angeles; WMAQ in Chicago; WCAU in Philadelphia; KXAS in Dallas-Fort Worth; KNTV in the San Francisco Bay Area; WRC-TV in Washington, D.C.; WTVJ in Miami-Fort Lauderdale; KNSD in San Diego and WVIT in Hartford and on more than 200 NBC affiliates across the country (check local listings for airtimes.)
"With his unrivaled passion for life and travel, we couldn't be more excited to have Johnny Bananas with "1st Look" giving viewers a front row seat to our wildest and most thrilling adventures yet," said Marni Sabia, Vice President of LX.TV Productions which produces “1st Look”.
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Bananas got his start on MTV's reality series "The Real World," before becoming a fan-favorite fixture on MTV's "The Challenge." With his chameleon-like ability to adapt to his surroundings, unpredictable mixture of craftiness, charisma, intelligence and kindness, he more than lives up to his nickname, "Johnny Bananas." He will continue to appear on "The Challenge" while filming for “1st Look”.
Show segments will also appear on 1stLooktv.com, as well as on NBC Owned Stations’ digital out-of-home properties, such as taxi cabs. Viewers can get show updates and behind the scenes content with Johnny via their Facebook page and Twitter @1stlooktv. Bananas will be sharing photos via his own social media pages, including Instagram @realjohnnybananas and Twitter @MTVBananas
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