“The Challenge: Rivals 3” finalists had a big decision to make on Wednesday’s conclusion: Keep their team’s prize money for themselves or split it with their partner — one of the most cunning twists in the MTV series’ history.
While the first-place team’s best performer, Johnny “Bananas” Devenanzio, shocked everyone by deciding to stiff his teammate Sarah Patterson and take home the $275,000 for himself, the runner-ups weren’t so cunning in their choice. Vince Gliatta and Devin Walker both decided to share their winnings with their partners.
Speaking to International Business Times at the “Rivals 3” reunion taping in New York City last month, third-place winner Devin said not splitting the $25,000 with Cheyenne Floyd was never an option.
“I couldn’t have done it without Chey,” Devin told IBT. “If one of us chose to keep all of the money for ourselves, that would have been something that I don’t think either one of us could have felt comfortable with in the long run. We’re both people that believe intensely in karma and I think that we’re both pretty good people.”
Chey agreed she would have also split the money with her fellow “Are You the One?” alum if the choice was hers to make. “There was never a question,” Chey said, adding she and Devin are no longer rivals, but friends.
“Devin and I definitely have our moments when we don’t see eye-to-eye or don’t get along but at the end of the day, we’re definitely over that,” she said. “If Devin called me and needed anything I would be there in a second.”
Vince had the chance to walk away with $50,000 but the second-place contestant didn’t think it worth it to hurt his partner Jenna Compono. “I felt like $50,000 wasn’t a life-changing number,” Vince explained, saying the strife Jenna went through during this season also made her even more deserving of the money in his eyes.
“I saw what she had to go through,” Vince said, referencing her on-camera split from “Challenge” veteran Zach Nichols. “Everything throughout the whole season, dealing with the relationship turmoil through the whole season and I felt for her. She kept her head in it and I couldn’t have done it without her.”
Jenna said that if splitting the $50K was up to her, she would have done the same thing. Had the situation been different and they placed first, however, it might have been a different story. “If we would have come in first, maybe the outcome would have been different,” she teased.
Ultimately, Devin said he’s not surprised by the outcome of the “Rivals 3.” “If I was a betting man, which I am, I would have bet on the outcome as it landed and I would have parlayed that s--- — Bananas f---ing over Sarah, Vince splitting second and me and Chey splitting third.”
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