It's rather fitting that the first person ejected on Survivor: The Amazon was Tambaqui's reigning male chauvinist Ryan Aiken, the he-man who claimed the all-female Jaburu tribe was at a disadvantage because, "When it comes down to it, you want people who are going to be useful." Well, not only did Aiken get his butt kicked by the gals at Immunity Challenge Numero Uno, the 23-year-old aspiring actor suffered another ego-bruising defeat at Tribal Council. Talk about karma! Here, Aiken tries to save face with TV Guide Online.
TV Guide Online: Dude, you lost to a bunch of girls! What happened?
Ryan Aiken: People say I underestimated the girls I think I overestimated [the guys]. They thought they were the most superior athletes. I don't want to point fingers, but I didn't have a problem with the balance beam. My main concern was getting Dan across the balance beam. That's all I cared about. My teammate was struggling, man. He's a good guy, he just didn't have his s--t together. (Turns out, Dan may have had malaria at the time. Click here for more.)
TVGO: So, it's Dan's fault you got voted out?
Aiken: Honestly, I wouldn't have paired with him on the balance beam. Then the heat wouldn't have been on myself, it would've been on someone else, and then I could've played more strategically later. The longer you're there, the more time you have to get to know people. Three days isn't a long time when you're out there. You need more time to develop personable relationships.
TVGO: You think you would have fared better had the tribes been co-ed?
Aiken: My strategy was definitely women, so when that was all gone, my strategy was out the window. My strategy wasn't to get with all the guys, that's not my personality. Women would be more accepting of my personality and embrace me more than guys would.
TVGO: Um, right. So, you think girls are nicer than guys, and that's their advantage?
Aiken: No, there's gonna be friction because girls are catty.
TVGO: Are you hoping your exposure on the show will help your modeling career?
Aiken: I've been leaning more in acting in the past year. [Doing Survivor] was never really about exposure. I went in for the experience and to win a million dollars.
TVGO: What's next for you?
Aiken: I think it's too soon to tell. It depends on whether I get the cover of TV Guide or not!