‘Survivor’ Contestant who Outed Transgender Player Fired from Real-Life Job

‘Survivor’ Contestant who Outed Transgender Player Fired from Real-Life Job

The consequences of maliciously outing someone, even in the not-so-real life of reality TV has far-reaching consequences as Survivor‘s Jeff Varner found out after last week’s episode in which he outed contestant Zeke has shown.

Varner who has received a firestorm of criticism for his actions, was a former news anchor at both CBS and Fox affiliates, and was recently fired Thursday from his job as a real estate agent with Allen Tate Companies. He was told that he is “in the middle of a news story that we don’t want anything to do with.”

The company released the following statement:

“The Allen Tate Companies were built on core values of honesty, integrity and respect…Those fundamental beliefs led us to end our relationship with Mr. Varner, a real estate agent who had become affiliated with our firm just 17 days earlier. To be clear, at no time before the airing of the Survivor episode on Wednesday evening was our management aware of his actions on that episode. We make all decisions such as this one with careful consideration of our clients, employees and our agents.”

While Varner has been on an apology tour and has sought counseling, Zeke has also found it hard to completely forgive Varner, telling People magazine:
“But I think forgiveness is about hope — hope that he understands why what he did was wrong, hope that he doesn’t ever do something like this again and hope that whatever compelled him to give into his worst instincts in a dark moment is resolved for him,” Smith told the magazine. “I do wish him the best, I just think I wish him the best from afar.” [Greensboro]
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