Now that The Real World is on hiatus and Road Rules is dunzo, spinoff reality series The Challenge is the new reigning king of messy hookups and vicious rivalries.
Since the popular MTV franchise is already in its 36th season with Double Agents, we thought we’d take a little trip down memory lane — and what better way to do it than with photos of our favorite cast members from The Challenge, then and now?
It has been more than three decades since we first witnessed the cast eating gross insect dinners and having wild wrestling matches — the show premiered in June 1998 — but if you’ve been following the cast at all, you’ve probably noticed that some of them took unexpected career turns.
Noted staple Johnny ‘Bananas’ Devenanzio, who fans met on The Real World: Key West, can still be seen battling it out in a few of the most recent Challenge seasons, including Total Madness.
Derrick Kosinski stepped away from competing after XXX: Dirty 30, but he still hosts a podcast about the show where he can keep up with all of his former castmates and their lives. The Chicago native himself is a father and is engaged to his long-time girlfriend Nicole Gruman.
Wes Bergmann, on the other hand, still competes on the MTV series, but is also a startup engineer who is married to Amanda Hornick following a two-year engagement.
Other stars, however, have left the reality TV world altogether, including Abram Boise, who was on the show for over a decade, before stepping away to become an art director.
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After taking some time away from the competition show, Brad Fiorenza — he became a father and got married and subsequently divorced — is back competing. He made his TV return in 2018, but has yet to win a new Challenge.
See what the rest of your favorites from The Challenge are doing today — including which ones are still competing and which ones have settled down away from the cameras.
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