Gay ‘Survivor’ who outed fellow player as transgender says he lost his job

Gay ‘Survivor’ who outed fellow player as transgender says he lost his job
Zeke Smith (Image: CBS video screen grab)

[Ed. – Rough times in the LGBT world]

Greensboro’s Jeff Varner had his back up against the wall on Wednesday night’s episode of “Survivor.” It seemed imminent that he’d be voted off the island in Fiji.

But – as routinely happens on the long-running CBS reality show – he threw a last-ditch Hail Mary to try to save his own skin.

“There is deception here,” he told host Jeff Probst….” Then Varner glared directly at … openly gay New York asset manager Zeke Smith, and said: “Why haven’t you told anyone you’re transgender?”

Within seconds, Varner was harshly criticized by the other cast members and Probst (then was eliminated via a unanimous vote done in the open, as opposed to in secret, which is standard). Within minutes, Twitter exploded. Within hours, it became a national controversy, with GLAAD issuing a rebuke.

And on Thursday night, hours after our own interview with Varner, the Greensboro News & Record reported that he had been fired from his job as a real estate agent. He said he was told that he is “in the middle of a news story that we don’t want anything to do with.”

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