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'Survivor' Host Jeff Probst Reacts to Controversial Episode, Praises Zeke Smith's Compassion & Strength

Host Jeff Probst took to Twitter after tonight’s controversial episode of Survivor.

Contestant Zeke Smith was outed as transgender by fellow tribe member Jeff Varner during tribal council, which rightfully had the rest of the tribe – and the Internet – in an uproar.

“I am reading all of your reactions to tonight’s #survivor tribal council. @zekerchief has been an amazing partner through all of this,” Jeff tweeted after the airing. “@zekerchief Zeke’s ability to remain composed, strong and yet still compassionate, despite the very vulnerable situation was exemplary.”

He added, “@survivorcbs our hope is that this emotional and powerful conversation will bring awareness and understanding…and ultimately effect change.”

Zeke himself also took to social media.

“We cannot control the hazards we face, we can only control how we respond. Love each other. #Survivor #Zekevivor,” Zeke tweeted. “To learn how to be a better ally to trans people, click the link below. *Spoiler alert* Don’t out people.”

WHAT DID YOU THINK of tonight’s episode?

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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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Survivor's Zeke Smith Outed As Transgender By Another Contestant

Zeke Smith, a contestant on current season of Survivor: Game Changers, was outed as transgender during a shocking episode tonight.

“I’m not going quietly off this island,” contestant Jeff Varner said during the episode, knowing he was in trouble.

During tribal council, he turned to Zeke and said, “Why haven’t you told all of them you’re transgender?”

Zeke was understandably in shock. The tribe got really defensive and it was an emotional scene to watch.

“I’m not ashamed of being trans, but I didn’t want that to be my story,” Zeke told People. “I just wanted to go out on an adventure and play a great game…When you tell people you’re trans, you get two reactions: Either they look at you funny and pull back, or they go, ‘Aww, that must be so hard.’ I’m a goofy, fun-loving guy, so neither of those reactions work well for me.”

Zeke added, “I think he hoped others would believe that trans people are fraudulent…What’s great is that nobody bought it. It’s important people see he lost that fight. The message should be clear that hate will always lose.”

WHAT DID YOU THINK of tonight’s shocking episode of Survivor?

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