The backlash was immidiate from his fellow reality TV players: Why would Varner feel that was a piece of information he could share with not only them, but the millions of viewers? "Deceptions on levels, Jeff, that these guys don't even understand", Varner said.
The controversial moment came during episode's tribal council ceremony where contestants vote for the person they want to see leave the show.
Instead, Probst just called for a raise of hands, and Varner was unanimously eliminated.
Varner's self-defense was not a success with other players, some of whom were in tears. "Deceptions on levels, Jeff, that these guys don't even understand", Jeff Varner told host Jeff Probst before turning to Smith, an openly gay asset manager from NY.
"I didn't want to be the 'first transgender Survivor contestant, '" Smith told People. "I think if he wants to be an ally to trans people, he has a long way to go", he said.
Nick Adams, director of LGBT acceptance group GLAAD's Transgender Media Program, issued a statement Wednesday on the organization's blog. "I wonder if some people will say he shouldn't have hugged him or shouldn't have forgiven him", said Probst.
These days, we may think we know what it means to be transgender, but there is a type of trans person we never hear about. I'm arguing for my life.
Varner apologised multiple times for the outing. Zeke is a massive Survivor fan and his point with us was very clear - he wanted to be seen as a Survivor player.
Zeke also took to Twitter after the episode aired in the United States, radiating positivity and light like the handsome angel that he is. He added that he "recklessly revealed something" he mistakenly believed everyone already know. We also have respect for how Jeff Varner has expressed remorse for his mistake, both in the episode and in his subsequent dialogue with the media. "There's absolutely no way to excuse it or justify it, and now he's trying to make this a moment to do his part to say this is what happens when you make a careless remark that you don't think much about, the kind of damage it can do". "I own responsibility in what is the worst decision of my life". "From the outside, it looked and sounded like a regular Tribal Council, but in reality, it was one of the most raw and painful studies of human behavior that has ever happened on Survivor".
"When we disrespect or discriminate, or turn blind eyes to it".
Liberal outrage at veteran CBS castaway show Survivor is off the charts right now.