‘Survivor’ contestant who outed tribemate Zeke Smith as transgender fired from job

I just wanted to be known for my game.”
Varner took to Twitter on Wednesday evening to issue   a lengthy apology. I deserve it. According to   News & Record Greensboro, Varner was fired from his job as a real estate agent on Thursday — his now-former employer Allen Tate Realtors saying   Varner was “in the middle of a news story that we don’t want anything to do with.”
It appears, from social media postings, that Varner had just began working for the company — having only posted his first acting listing with the company on April 7. Prior to that, the openly gay North Carolina native   had worked as   news anchor for CBS and Fox affiliates. And he’s calling me a bigot and full of hate and all kinds of stuff. He continually forgives me. I know that forgiveness is difficult. “I just wanted to go out on an adventure and play a great game. “My heart is open to him today and if he is reacting in any negative way I give him the space to do that – I deserve that.”
Survivor airs Wednesdays (at 8 p.m. His move, which caused outrage and backlash, not only cost the   50-year-old three-time player to be   unanimously voted out of the game by his tribemates   — but it also cost him his real-life job. Hitting SEND on my first active listing with @AllenTate. We say things we don’t mean. We’ve got to stop that.”
“We have to stop discriminating and minimizing trans people. I know that watching this last night was traumatic not only for me and my family — I can only imagine what this was like for him and his friends and everybody who loves him.”
“I hurt him,” Varner continued. As tough as it’s been for him, Varner recognizes that   Smith, 29, is the real victim here. “I can only profusely apologize. It can leave scars that haunt for a lifetime. “People think trans people are out there deceiving and they’re predators and they’re hiding in bathrooms and stuff that’s just not true. ET) on CBS. “I hurt Zeke,” he said. “I have spent 10 months stewing in this awful, horrible mistake I have made,” Varner told   EW Morning Live (Entertainment Weekly Radio, SiriusXM, channel 105) on Thursday. “It robs a strong, courageous person of their power and protection and opens them up to discrimination and danger. I have apologized to him — we’ve spoken several times on the phone. “One of the things that breaks my heart the most is that that’s one of the stigmas that trans people fight the most,” Varner   said. Zeke is a wonderful man and I will forever be amazed and inspired by his forgiveness and compassion. They are humans,” he continued, sobbing. With the show’s therapist, with a local therapist. I know that he has a lot of people in his ear. During that time, he said he’s done a lot of growing. I have met with and spoken to several LGBT organizations — I’ve joined the board of a couple of them… this has changed me drastically.”
RELATED VIDEO: PENs Survivor Fan Forum Reacts to Zeke Being Outed as Transgender

Watch PEN Fan Forum: Survivor, on the new PEOPLE/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN) here, or download the free app on your Smart TV, mobile and web devices. “I offer my deepest, most heart-felt apologies to Zeke Smith, his friends and life allies, his family and to all those who my mistake hurt and offended,”   he wrote. This article originally appeared in People.com

Show Full Article “I recklessly revealed something I mistakenly believed everyone already knew. “I think he hoped others would believe that trans people are dangerous and fraudulent,” he said. If he wants to take swings at me, I’m the one to hand him the bat. “This is about Zeke,” Varner said. He also explained to   PEOPLE that he   did not want to be the “first transgender   Survivor contestant.”
“I’m not ashamed of being trans, but I didn’t want that to be my story,” Smith   said. “That reasoning is infinitely worse than him outing me because it’s the same one used to discriminate against, attack and murder trans people. I am profoundly sorry. “When we were in pain and we are in fair, we are dangerous people. I deserve every bit of it. “The message should be clear that hate will always lose.”
To see Smith in the pages of PEOPLE, pick up the latest issue of the magazine, on newsstands   now. No one is going to beat me up worse than I have myself.”
Smith, who is still in the game,   told PEOPLE he was “shell-shocked” by Varner’s decision and struggles with forgiving him. It’s awful. I own responsibility in what is the worst decision of my life.”
“Let me be clear, outing someone is assault,” Varner   said. I forgive him for that. I give him every inch of every room to feel and experience what he’s feeling. I was wrong and make no excuses for it. I thank God for that and the gift of being an example as to why you should never do what I did.”

— Jeff Varner (@JEFFVARNER) April 13, 2017

In an emotional interview with   PEOPLE   on Thursday, Varner broke down — saying   his biggest regret was playing into the “deceitful” stereotypes many have about transgender people. #realtorlife pic.twitter.com/oaN9UGP1yb
— Jeff Varner (@JEFFVARNER) April 7, 2017

This season of Survivor, dubbed “Game Changers” for its 34 outing, had   been filmed 10 months ago in the Mamanuca Islands of Fiji — though Varner couldn’t discuss what happened   until the episode’s airing. “I have been through, I don’t know how much therapy. “We have to acknowledge that humanity and their dignity and lift up their voices and never reduce them to the disgusting things all these bigots do and all these people who just don’t know and are acting out of fear. ”
Varner said he will “never get over” what he did. I am amazed and moved at his ability to do that. Survivor   player   Jeff Varner   lost a lot more than the show’s $1 million dollar prize when he made the decision to   out fellow tribemate   Zeke Smith   as transgender in an attempt to paint him as “deceitful” on Wednesday’s episode of the CBS reality competition. What’s great is that nobody bought it.”
“It’s important people see he lost that fight,” he added. #realtors, send me buyers.