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Survivor's Jeff Varner Was Blindsided By Firing from New Job

Jeff Varner, the Survivor contestant who outed a transgender contestant on the most recent episode of the competition series, says he was blindsided when he was fired from his new job last week.

The reality star just started a new job as a real estate agent earlier this month and he was fired the day after the episode aired.

“I wasn’t even given the chance to explain or right the wrong,” Jeff told Entertainment Tonight. “In the real estate world, buyers and sellers want to know they’re signing up with a company that won’t dump them or turn their backs on them in time of trial. So I’m talking to several firms now that I know will care about and believe in their employees. I have had several reach out [and] I’m confident I’ll find a better home.”

Click inside to read about how Jeff found out about the firing… More Here! »

Survivor's Jeff Varner Fired from Job After Outing Zeke Smith

Jeff Varner, a contestant on the latest season of Survivor, was fired from his job the day after an episode aired in which he outed a fellow contestant as transgender.

On this week’s episode, Varner tried to paint contestant Zeke Smith as a deceptive person for not revealing to his tribe that he is transgender. After showing remorse and regret for his actions, he was voted off the show in a unanimous decision.

Varner has revealed that he was fired from his job on Thursday, just one day after the episode aired. He said that he was told that he is “in the middle of a news story that we don’t want anything to do with,” according to the Greensboro News & Record.

It appears that Jeff only just started his job with Allen Tate Realtors last week as he tweeted about his first listing as a real estate agent on April 7.

CBS Stands By Decision to Air 'Survivor' Episode Featuring Zeke Smith Being Outed

CBS has released a statement to stand by the decision to air the episode of Survivor that featured transgender contestant Zeke Smith being outed by competitor Jeff Varner.

While trying to fight to stay in the game during tribal council, Varner told his tribe that Zeke was capable of deception as he had not told them he is transgender yet.

Varner, who is gay, apologized for his actions during the episode and showed deep remorse for the pain he caused. He has expressed remorse for his mistake in media interviews this week as well.

“After the tribal council scene in last night’s Survivor was filmed, we consulted with Zeke Smith and with GLAAD in advance of the broadcast, including the issue of how Zeke would tell his story after the episode aired,” the network said in a statement (via THR). “This is his second consecutive season on Survivor. From his first season through the current edition, we have always been guided by the principle that this is his story to tell, and it remains so.”

“We support how Jeff Probst and the producers handled a very sensitive situation and marvel at the grace Zeke exhibited under extraordinary circumstances,” the network added.
“We have also respect for how Jeff Varner has expressed remorse for his mistake, both in the episode and in his subsequent dialogue with the media. In the end, we believe this episode, accompanied by Zeke‘s own remarkable writing and speaking on the subject, has provided an unexpected but important dialogue about acceptance and treating transgender people with respect.”

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Survivor's Jeff Varner is 'Devastated' Over Outing Zeke Smith

Jeff Varner, the Survivor contestant who outed fellow castaway Zeke Smith during last night’s episode, is speaking out.

He did his exit interviews this morning and was emotional and apologetic.

“I have apologized to him. We’ve spoken several times on the phone. He continually forgives me,” Jeff told EW. “I’m amazed and moved by his ability to do that. I know that forgiveness is difficult. I know he has a lot of people in his ear. I know that watching this last night was traumatic, not only for me and my family. I can only imagine what it was like for him and his friends. I hurt him.”

“I will say that I have spent 10 months stewing in this awful, horrible mistake I made,” Jeff said. “I have been through I don’t now how much therapy with the show’s therapist, with a local therapist, I have met with and spoken to several LGBT organizations, I have joined the board of a couple of them, I joined a national study on outness. This has changed me drastically. But I don’t want to spend two minutes talking about my experience because this isn’t about me. This is about Zeke. And I can only profusely apologize.”

Jeff added, “And if I can deliver any message to anybody it’s that we should never out or marginalize a trans person. It stigmatizes them. It shames them, It pushes them back into the shadows which is the opposite of what we need. We are forcing them as a society to not be their themselves.”

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Survivor's Jeff Varner Apologizes For Outing Zeke Smith in the 'Worst Decision of His Life'

Jeff Varner has broken his silence following a controversial episode of Survivor in which he outed fellow contestant Zeke Smith as transgender during a tribal council.

He took to Instagram to apologize to Zeke in a written statement.

“Yep. I did that. And I offer my deepest, most heart-felt apologies to Zeke Smith, his friends and life allies, his family and to all those who my mistake hurt and offended,” Jeff wrote. “I recklessly revealed something I mistakenly believed everyone already knew. I was wrong and make no excuses for it. I own responsibility in what is the worst decision of my life.”

“Let me be clear, outing someone is assault,” he continued. “It robs a strong, courageous person of their power and protection and opens them up to discrimination and danger. It can leave scars that haunt for a lifetime. I am profoundly sorry. Zeke is a wonderful man and I will forever be amazed and inspired by his forgiveness and compassion. I thank God for that and the gift of being an example as to why you should never do what I did.”

MORE: Survivor Fans React to Zeke Smith Being Outed As Transgender

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'Survivor' Fans React to Zeke Smith Being Outed As Transgender

Tonight’s episode of Survivor had fans on social media in an uproar – and rightfully so.

Contestant Zeke Smith was outed as being transgender by fellow contestant Jeff Varner during a very shocking and emotional tribal council.

“I assumed everyone in his world knew,” Jeff said after realizing the weight of what he just did. “I thought he was just deceiving just these people. It never dawned on me that no one knew.”

Jeff was then – SPOILER ALERTvoted out without even having a real vote.

You can see how fans of the show reacted here, sending their love to Zeke:

Click inside to see more fan reactions to the moment on tonight’s show…More Here! »

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