Survivor contestant Jeff Varner, who clumsily outed a fellow contestant as transgender last week, has now been fired from his job as a real estate agent in North Carolina.
The News & Record newspaper of Greensboro reported he was let go from his job at Allen Tate Real Estate because he was “in the middle of a news story that we don’t want anything to do with.”
Varner notoriously outed fellow contestant Zeke Smith as transgender in a desperate bid to avoid being voted out of tribal council triggering a heated response from both his cast mates and viewers, criticising him through social media.
The openly-gay Varner has since apologised for making “the worst decision of my life.”
“Zeke Smith, and transgender people like him, are not deceiving anyone by being their authentic selves, and it is dangerous and unacceptable to out a transgender person,” said Nick Adams, director of GLAAD’s Transgender Media Program. “It is heartening, however, to see the strong support for Zeke from the other people in his tribe. Moments like this prove that when people from all walks of life get to know a transgender person, they accept us for who we are.”