Gay “Survivor” Contestant Fired After Forcibly Outing Trans Contestant, Company Defends Decision

There’s been an update to the Survivor outing story we first reported on last week: the gay contestant who outed a fellow castaway as trans has been fired from his job. And now his former employer is speaking out.

Jeff Varner was ultimately booted from this season of Survivor despite his desperate attempt at painting Zeke Smith as untrustworthy for keeping his trans identity to himself. Although Varner has since publicly apologized, he lost his job last Thursday.

Varner worked for Allen Tate Real Estate, a real estate company that recently spoke to Entertainment Tonight about the decision to fire the reality TV star.

“The Allen Tate Companies were built on core values of honesty, integrity and respect,” Allen Tate Real Estate CEO Pat Riley said in a statement to ET on Sunday. “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.”

Riley added:

“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.”

Varner has claimed his firing was “an ugly, knee-jerk reaction from the company” and that he had warned them about the negative headlines that would come.

Wrote the Greensboro News & Record:

This season of “Survivor” had been filmed 10 months ago in the Mamanuca Islands of Fiji. But Varner couldn’t talk publicly about the episode until it aired.