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Roger Kenward Sexton[1] was a contestant from Survivor: The Amazon.

Roger was abrasive and regarded as a bigot by his fellow castaways. At the merge, he particularly butted heads with Deena Bennett, who became fed up with Roger's overt misogyny. Believing he would never vote for a woman to win, the women of the Jaburu Alliance orchestrated his blindside right before the jury stage, by turning several of the former Tambaqui men against him.


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Roger Sexton was born and raised in Oakland, California, where he graduated from high school in 1964. He then enrolled at San Francisco State College. In 1966, he quit college and joined the U.S. Marine Corps and fought in Vietnam. After his tour with the U.S. Marine Corps, Sexton returned to the United States and worked full time as a construction laborer while attending night school. He then received a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial technology from California Polytechnical State University in San Luis Obispo. Sexton is currently a vice president of estimating at a major construction company.

Sexton enjoys snow skiing, mountain biking, adventure racing, backpacking, card games and seeing films. He describes himself as intense, confident and emotional. He is most proud of his two daughters, Amy (a 25 year-old fourth grade teacher) and Heather (who died in 1992 at the age of 16). He is a member of the National Offroad Biking Association, International Mountain Bike Association, USA Adventure Racing and the Sierra Club. Sexton is doing this because he wants to test himself against anyone of any age or gender to see if he can ultimately be the survivor.

Sexton resides in Valencia, Calif., with his wife, Diane. They have one dog, Cleo, and one cat, Monty. His birth date is September 26, 1946.[2]


Placed on the all-male Tambaqui tribe, Roger was somewhat derisive towards the idea of the women competing against them, believing that their physical strength alone could defeat the all-female Jaburu tribe. Roger then became Tambaqui's leader-figure, and while he was largely responsible for making a sturdy, livable shelter for the tribe, the younger men were quickly unnerved by his abrasive-style of leadership. Roger's initial assessment of the women proved very false, as they won the first Immunity Challenge on Day 3. Roger asked Rob Cesternino to vote out Ryan Aiken, as he was largely responsible for the loss. Unbeknownst to Roger, Ryan asked Rob to vote out Roger. At the first Tribal Council, Ryan was sent home in a 4-3-1 vote. Roger and the rest of the men would further be demoralized after the women also won the following Reward Challenge, before Tambaqui finally rebounded and won the Day 6 Immunity Challenge, rendering Roger safe for three more days.

Roger received the tribe's ire, particularly of Alex Bell, because of the former's views on homosexuality. Daniel, who was also directly responsible for Tambaqui's first Immunity Challenge loss, tried to use this to get Alex and Rob on his side. When Tambaqui again lost immunity, Daniel's lobbying failed and he was unanimously voted out.

In a surprise tribe switch on Day 14, Dave Johnson, a close ally of Roger's, decided to keep him on Tambaqui. Alex, Rob, and Matthew von Ertfelda transferred to Jaburu and were replaced by Christy Smith, Heidi Strobel, and Jeanne Hebert. While the men kept their new members company, this newfound unity was tested after an Immunity Challenge loss on Day 15. With three men and three women, Roger followed Dave's lead by voting against Jeanne, and with Heidi's last-minute decision change, Jeanne was next to be voted out, 4-2. An upset Christy demanded an explanation on how the vote came to be, after which Roger said it was because Jeanne was the weakest on the new tribe. Dave noted that what Roger told Christy was different that the actual reason. Tambaqui then went on to win the following Reward and Immunity Challenges, allowing the tribes to merge both with five members each, with the men outnumbering the women, 6-4.

On Day 19, the tribes were notified of a merge. The new Jacaré tribe moved to a new campsite. Roger returned to his domineering ways immediately after the customary merge feast, nagging his peers to work and build the shelter his way, clashing with Jaburu's own leader, Deena Bennett. The other women viewed Roger as a chauvinist for excluding them in the shelter process, causing Heidi and Jenna to convince Deena to target Roger because he was not likely to vote for a woman at the Final Tribal Council if he served on the jury. Deena sought help from Rob, who had carried a grudge towards Roger from the beginning. Both plotted to eliminate Roger; the plan secretly spread around camp, and it was well received. The only people oblivious to the plan were Roger, Dave, and Butch Lockley. Roger's aloofness came to a head during a steamy conversation in the shelter in the middle of the night as Roger, the prime target of the tribe, was sleeping the whole time, which also became the perfect opportunity to solidify the plot to oust him.

At the first individual Immunity Challenge, Roger bailed out early without being tempted by a food offer, much to the tribe's glee. With Deena immune, Roger gathered the men to confirm that they were on board in eliminating Christy, oblivious that gender lines were not going to be a factor coming to Tribal Council as he had anticipated. At Tribal Council, the tribe blindsided him in a 7-3 vote.

Episode Tribe
Challenge Challenge Type Sit-Out? Result
1 Tambaqui Unchained Immunity No Lost
2 Flip Out Reward No Lost
Total Recall Immunity No Won
3 Matchmaker Reward No Lost
The Great Escape Immunity No Lost
4 Light My Fire Reward No Won
Gone Fishin' Reward/Immunity No Won
5 Up The Creek Immunity No Lost
6 Log Jam Reward No Won
Piranha Feast Immunity No Won
Tribes Merged, Day 20
7 Jacaré Perch Immunity Lost
Voted Out, Day 21

Episode Roger's
Voted Against
1 Ryan Daniel, Matthew, Ryan
2 Tambaqui Tribe Immune
3 Daniel Daniel
4 Tambaqui Tribe Immune
5 Jeanne -
6 Tambaqui Tribe Immune
7 Christy Alex, Christy, Deena,
Heidi, Jenna, Matthew, Rob
Voted Out, Day 21


  • On January 9, 2010, Roger attended Survivor's 10-year anniversary party.



  • Roger is the oldest contestant to compete on The Amazon.
    • Roger is the first contestant to be the oldest of the season but not make it to the jury phase of the game.
  • Roger's luxury item were dog tags.
  • Roger received the most votes against him in The Amazon, with 11.


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