The Challenge USA’s Josh Martinez Talks Johnny Bananas Betrayal

The Problem: USA’s Josh Martinez remains to be reeling from his determination to betray his good friend and ally Johnny “Bananas” Devenanzio in season 2 of the CBS actuality sequence.

“We haven’t actually talked about it,” Josh, 29, solely advised Us Weekly on Friday, October 13, someday after his elimination. “We had a premiere celebration right here in Miami, and we have been round the entire forged. And I’m the kind of individual the place I don’t wish to carry the vibe down or the vitality down, so I didn’t even need to discuss it. And he’s the identical [type of] individual.”

Though he and Johnny, 41, haven’t revisited their onscreen points in the actual world, Josh advised Us that the pair are “in a superb place.”

He continued: “We’ve [hung out], however I do know that if we play different seasons collectively, which we most likely will, I do know it’s going to return [back] my approach and I’m going to need to take it.”

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Forward of his elimination, Josh broke down in tears after voting to ship Johnny into elimination. Though Johnny acquired essentially the most votes to go in opposition to Faysal “Fessy” Shafaat in a Corridor Brawl, Josh’s title finally got here out of the Hopper and he misplaced the elimination spherical to Fessy, 31.

The Challenge USAs Josh Martinez Says He and Johnny Bananas Havent Really Talked About Betrayal
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“I want that I didn’t go down within the sand in opposition to Fessy, however in all actuality, if Johnny would’ve gone in and gone dwelling, I might’ve felt even worse,” Josh advised Us, calling the vote in opposition to Johnny his “greatest remorse of the season.” Regardless of his lingering guilt, he’s undecided he would act in a different way if he might return in time.

“At this level, it’s been months [and] I nonetheless don’t know what I might’ve carried out completely different, which is so loopy,” he mentioned. “I used to be in a extremely robust spot. I really feel like I needed to decide between my actually good associates and it was actually laborious. However the feeling of remorse and feeling like I broke any person’s belief that I’ve a extremely good friendship with, after which going in opposition to my phrase, that’s one thing that I’ve been fighting.”

Throughout the dramatic Thursday, October 12, episode, Johnny quoted a sentence that Problem host T.J. Lavin famously mentioned to quitter Brandon Tindel throughout Rivals III in 2016. “Don’t take care, hope to see you by no means,” Johnny mentioned throughout a confessional in response to Josh’s elimination.

Josh advised Us that he “anticipated” such a response from Johnny and admitted that he “might have mentioned approach worse.” He additionally revealed that “all people ran down” to say goodbye to him after his elimination whereas Johnny “walked proper previous me.”

Josh isn’t the one one that went in opposition to an ally this season. His fellow Problem veteran Tori Deal forged a vote in opposition to him throughout Thursday’s episode, which Josh mentioned “actually harm” him.

“If anyone is aware of how laborious I’ve labored and the way unhealthy I’ve wished it, it’s her. We’ve educated collectively. She’s one in every of my actually, actually good associates again dwelling. We [both] reside in Miami, we’re collectively form of on a regular basis,” he mentioned. “In the identical sense, she was additionally in a extremely robust spot. She was doing what was finest for her recreation. I do know that she regrets it … We talked about it.”

He continued: “I do know in future seasons, she’ll do proper by me. … However I’d be mendacity if I mentioned that didn’t burn.”

The Problem: USA airs on CBS Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET.