Survivor is still on the air after roughly 1,987 seasons, and there’s no shortage of drama to go around the board.
At the end of Wednesday’s episode, a desperate contestant outed another contestant as transgender, meeting instant outrage from the cast of the reality show, the host, and basically anyone who watched the show.
What happened is a contestant named Jeff Varner began the “tribal council” the ceremony at the end of each episode where one contestant is voted off the island by saying he knew he would be eliminated that night.
Not a good sign, but that was just the beginning.
Varner, in a desperate plea, proceeded to throw another contestant, Isaac, under the bus by pointing to a larger deception between him and other players.
“There is deception here. Deception on levels, Jeff, that these guys don’t even understand,” said Varner. “There’s more.”
When host Jeff Probst told him to explain, Varner then turned to Zeke Smith, who has identified as a gay man on the two seasons he’s participated in Survivor, and asked “Why haven’t you told anyone you’re transgender?”
Yeah, that happened, and his defense was that he was just “trying to show deception.”
Probst was shocked, as was everyone else, andsaid, “You’re saying that by not revealing it, he’s capable of deception. That’s a giant leap in logic. Do you not see that?”
“It’s a game for a million dollars, and I clearly have made the wrong choice tonight,” said Varner, who no surprise, was voted off the show.