'Survivor' Contestant Jeff Varner Gets Fired From His Job After Outing Zeke Smith
A Survivor contestant's on-screen actions have had severe repercussions in his real life. Jeff Varner, who outed his fellow castaway Zeke Smith during a tribal council, was let go from his job for doing so. Find out all the details below, plus what Jeff had to say in response.
Jeff Varner was fired from his position with Allen Tate Real Estate following his actions on Survivor. The contestant took it upon himself to out a fellow contestant as transgender, and his company refused to support him after doing so. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Varner says he didn't even hear directly from his company about his termination:
"As I'm spending hours doing press [on Thursday], I discover I can't access my email," he said. "Then the MLS association emails to say, 'You've been terminated.' I didn't even find out from my company. Suddenly my real estate license was inactive and my current clients [were] left in the dark. It took hours after my press junket to get anyone with the company on the phone to tell me personally, and even longer to calm my clients."
Allen Tate Real Estate released a statement to E! News in response to their decision to fire Varner:
"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."
Survivor: Game Changers airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on CBS.
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