Jonna, The Challenge vet, burns a MAJOR bridge on World Championship
An all-out war is brewing between KellyAnne and Jonna, The Challenge: World Championship legends, and fans are choosing sides
Is trouble ahead for Jonna, The Challenge Legend? The bulk of the action in this Wednesday's The Challenge: World Championship episode actually wasn't "action" at all — in fact, outside of the elimination, there wasn't a challenge to be found this week.
Instead, it was "conversation" that dominated the game, with talk specifically centered on Jonna Mannion and KellyAnne Judd and whether the former — who won the daily challenge last episode— would turn against her latter friend and throw her and her partner Tristan into elimination.
"Friendships are important to a certain extent, but in order to be good at this and get till the end, you kind of have to remove your heart from the game," Joanna says. "I know if I put KellyAnne in and she comes back, we're apparently not gonna be friends anymore...I can't worry about what KellyAnne thinks in this game."
"The Legends, we play seasons with each other, we have relationships that expand multiple seasons, so for us to f**k one another over in this game, Legend on Legend crime I guess you can say, is not good unless it's super calculated because...that could mess with you in the future," The Challenge: World Championship cast member Tori Deal adds.
KellyAnne breathes a sigh of relief, however, after a one-on-one with Jonna, who assures her: "Out of everyone here, I feel like you are my best friend that I have here and I want to put past games aside and something is telling me that having you as an ally in this world championship is gonna be beneficial to both of us." She, and the viewers, are led to believe that Jodi and Benja would be thrown into elimination, instead.
So imagine all of our shocks when Jonna ruthlessly goes back on her word and sends KellyAnne and Tristan straight into elimination against Nelson and Jujuy. "I look at Jonna's face and I swear to god, she has a light smirk. I mean, at least pretend to be sad that you're throwing in your 'best friend' in the house," KellyAnne says, angrily.
She seemingly taps into that frustration to dominate the elimination challenge, which saw one partner swing another from a height as they collect eight building blocks until they have enough to build a towering structure.
"I can see Jonna sweating bullets here and KellyAnne has this piercing look," Grant worries after seeing how well KellyAnne is doing in the challenge. "KellyAnne comes in and she's a pocket rocket, she's a firefly, and I'm like, 'I don't know if you made the right choice, Grant, unless you want them to come back," Troy adds.
Quickly gathering all eight building blocks and stacking them together, KellyAnne and Tristan easily win, sending Nelson and Jujuy home. "The fact that Jonna went out of her way to say that she wanted to work with me and have an alliance with me moments before she decided to and didn't tell me, I have no room for people like that and I hope her energy just stays the f**k away from me," KellyAnne says.
"This game can change so fast, you just have to do one wrong thing and it just goes belly-up," Grant worries, as he should, because KellyAnne promises him and Jonna: "I'll deal with you as The Challenge proceeds!"
Fans react to KellyAnne and Jonna The Challenge feud:
Jonna after KellyAnne won that elimination. #TheChallenge #TheChallengeWorldChampionship #TheChallengeWorldChamp #Challenge38 pic.twitter.com/xvQuZRPXySMarch 16, 2023
Im so proud of @jonnamtv on #TheChallenge! I’ve watched her since her season of the real word and they way she has evolved as a player and a person is truly inspiring! ♥️#@ChallengeteamtvMarch 16, 2023
I know Jonna did not think Nelson was going to take out Kellyanne and Tristan Bffr she shot her own self in the foot #TheChallengeWorldChampionship #TheChallengeMarch 16, 2023
Ok my heart is BROK E NNNN for @KellyAnneJudd Damn, I know you gotta put your feelings aside but to be heartLESS?! 😅😅😅😮💨#TheChallenge #TheChallengeWorldChampionship #ParamountPlus #TheChallenge38March 16, 2023
Kellyann is the season yasss. Bring me the drama #TheChallenge #thechallengeGlobal #TheChallengeWorldChampionshipMarch 16, 2023
kellyanne on jonna neck love it it’s al cute until the chickens come home to roost #TheChallenge #TheChallengeWorldChampionshipMarch 16, 2023
#TheChallengeWorldChampionship really making a full episode meal out of this kellyanne/jodi decision i was not expecting this to be dragged out this long 🥴 #thechallengeMarch 16, 2023
Kellyanne is too confident after that win, anyone would have beat Nelson in that challenge… you have no reason to be cocky #TheChallengeMarch 16, 2023
There’s entirely too much focus on Kellyanne and Argentina this episode like they will be a long gamer in this 🙄… #TheChallengeMarch 16, 2023
Such an uncharacteristic flub by Jonna. Don’t make promises that you can’t keep, especially this early in the game AND with someone who was a guaranteed ally! #TheChallenge #TheChallengeWorldChampionshipMarch 16, 2023
An even more unhinged KellyAnne back in the house is going to be ELECTRIC television! #TheChallenge #TheChallengeWorldChampionshipMarch 16, 2023
@KellyAnneJudd =ABSOLUTE LEGEND. 🔥👑🔥 So proud of her for seeing through the BS this season and being real. 🗣”ENOUGH!”🗣💯 ☠️🤣#TheChallengeWorldChamp #TheChallengeMarch 15, 2023
Don’t get me wrong. I love @jonnamtv & #Kellyanne but #paramountplus wasted an entire episode on drama that wasn’t even juicy. #fail #TheChallengeWorldChamp #TheChallengeWorldChampionship #thechallenge@TheChallenge pic.twitter.com/SCjA8Qoo3mMarch 15, 2023
I really like how KellyAnne is such a chaotic & messy person who gets herself into trouble but also legitimately the caliber of competitor who can win an elimination or daily #TheChallengeWorldChampionship #TheChallengeWorldChamp #TheChallengeMarch 15, 2023
i think you can explain a lot of what Jonna did this episode, but this look seems pretty unnecessary. to be fair to her, this could also be editing#TheChallengeWorldChampionship #TheChallenge #TheChallengeWorldChamp #thechallengeusa #ChallengeWorldChamp pic.twitter.com/5D1Gw6pUhqMarch 15, 2023
I love Kelly-Ann and Jonna. Therefore, I'm shutting my mouth and observing 😂#thechallenge #ChallengeWorldChamp pic.twitter.com/wWqzrQ4OAbMarch 15, 2023
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Christina Izzo is the Deputy Editor of My Imperfect Life. More generally, she is a writer-editor covering food and drink, travel, lifestyle and culture in New York City. She was previously the Features Editor at Rachael Ray In Season and Reveal, as well as the Food & Drink Editor and chief restaurant critic at Time Out New York.
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