The gay man who outed a fellow Survivor contestant as transgender to ostensibly avoid elimination on this week’s episode has now been fired from his job as a real estate agent, according to the Greensboro News & Record. Since Wednesday’s episode of Survivor when Jeff Varner callously outed his opponent Zeke Smith, who was also up for elimination, the Internet has erupted in outrage at Varner, whose appearance this season marks the third time he’s been on the long-running reality show contest. Varner tearfully apologized to Smith following his actions, but there was no erasing the damage done.
A former news anchor for Fox and CBS news affiliates, Varner, 50, was fired amidst the uproar over his outing Smith during the episode that was shot 10 months ago in the Mamanuca Islands of Fiji. Not only was Varner sent packing by his fellow castmates that night, but he explained during interviews on Thursday that his employer let him go saying that he is “in the middle of a news story that we don’t want anything to do with.”
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