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'Survivor' Contestant Outs Competitor Zeke Smith As Trans On National TV

By Mark Pygas

On Wednesday night’s Survivor, trans man Zeke Smith was outed by a fellow contestant during the show’s weekly elimination. Jeff Varner, who faced elimination, asked Smith: “Why haven’t you told anyone here you’re transgender?” Suggesting that withholding this information from the group made him untrustworthy and worthy of elimination.

Jeff Varner issued an apology on Twitter after the show aired, saying: "I was wrong and make no excuses for it. I own responsibility in what is the worst decision of my life." He went on to add that "outing someone is assault."