The organizer of the Aiken fundraiser, actor-producer Steven Tyler,  sent a letter to Aiken in which he wrote, “I am sorry for the loss on your bid for Congress, but apparently you had yourself covered with a reality TV show deal the entire time, just in case you didn’t win.  I cannot speak for the NC Voters or contributors, but I can speak for myself and many of your Los Angeles supporters when I say we feel duped, taken advantage of and lied to.”

The Esquire Network announced the unnamed project as a four-hour documentary series from UK documentary production company Lightbox, but they have not called it a reality series. The project is being filmed by Simon Chinn, who won an Oscar for “Searching for Sugar Man,” and Jonathan Chinn, an Emmy winner whose credits include “30 Days” and “American High” through their Lightbox production company. The project is described as “an intimate look at the hope of victory and, ultimately, the disappointment of defeat.” The filmmakers followed Aiken since the announcement of his candidacy in February.