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Zeke Smith Defends CBS's Decision To Air His VERY Public Outing On Survivor: 'I Felt It Was Important For The World To See'

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***WARNING: Survivor spoilers (below)***

It's safe to say Zeke Smith's Survivor experience is not exactly what he signed up for.

As you may recall, the Brooklyn-based comedian and writer was publicly outed when fellow contestant Jeff Varner revealed on camera that Smith was transgender. Obviously, this situation sparked national backlash for Varner, who has since apologized for outing Zeke.

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Despite having the country's support, the 29-year-old was ultimately eliminated from Survivor: Game Changers — and is now more than ready to talk about his inneresting experience on the celebrated game show. In fact, the seasoned competitor dished all to The Hollywood Reporter following his recent elimination. Bless!

On the aftermath of his outing while still filming, Zeke noted he knew his time in Fiji was coming to and end. The reality TV vet shared:

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Survivor Star Zeke Smith Says Being Outed As Transgender Has Made Him 'Brave' & 'Bolder'!

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Zeke Smith, you truly are an inspiration!

As we reported last week, the Survivor: Game Changers star came out as transgender right before last Wednesday's episode where he was outed by now-eliminated contestant Jeff Varner.

On this week's episode of the hit CBS franchise, the show begins with Smith and co. at tribal council where they discuss the shocking incident they just witnessed.

Related: Survivor's Most Shocking Moments!

While a couple of the tribemates (rightfully) vocalized their anger toward Varner, the trans Harvard graduate was glad they didn't create a bigger scene. The Oklahoma-native said:

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Burns, Betrayal, Boobs! Survivor's Most Shocking Moments!

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After 33 seasons we honestly thought Survivor was through surprising us.

But a contestant actually outing another as trans was so depraved, it reminded us there is no level of ruthlessness humans won't sink to in order to win.

See some of the others, plus injuries, accidents, and uncensored nudity (below)!

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Jeff Varner Says 'Unedited' Survivor Footage Explains Why He Outed Transgender Contestant Zeke Smith — And Jeff Probst Reacts To The 'Surreal' Moment!

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Jeff Varner says there was no excuse for outing fellow Survivor: Game Changers contestant Zeke Smith as transgender in this week's episode.

But the veteran player insists that context behind his invasive question at Tribal Council was much clearer in the unedited footage.

The 50-year-old went on SiriusXM's Entertainment Weekly Radio on Thursday and explained that he has been changed "drastically" by the mortifying incident.

Varner said he has been through "I don't know how much therapy" after getting voted off the island, and commended Smith for his repeated forgiveness.

Related: The Fosters Features A Transgender Romance

Still, the former realtor wishes the CBS series releases "unedited footage" of the incident to reveal the moments leading up to his awful inquiry to Smith, "Why haven't you told anyone here you're transgender?"

Varner explained that he was trying to paint Smith as "deceitful," and the edited footage didn't catch the contestant saying "there is no deception, I'm not deceiving anyone" right before Varner's question "just came out."

Needless to say, the pointed question shook the entire tribe — including Jeff Probst, who was so taken back by the moment that his brain "had to rewind and play it back."

The longtime host told EW he was also outraged by the question, branding the incident as "one of the most raw and painful studies of human behavior that has ever happened on Survivor." He shared:

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Survivor Star Zeke Smith Comes Out As Transgender After Being Outed By Competitor!

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We applaud your bravery, Zeke Smith!

In the latest issue of PEOPLE Magazine, the Survivor: Game Changers star comes out as transgender right before Wednesday night's episode where a competitor outs Smith's sexuality. The unnamed contestant believes Zeke was being "deceitful" for not revealing this personal detail to the rest of the cast.

Related: The Fosters Features A Transgender Romance

The reality TV personality wants to make it clear why he wasn't forthright about his identity on the hit show. He said:

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Survivor Finalist Michael Skupin Sentenced To Up To 4 Years In Prison For Child Pornography

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The tribe has spoken…

Michael Skupin probably didn't expect things to get worse for him after he first fell into that fire on Survivor 15 years ago, but the burn is the least of his problems now.

That's because the two-time CBS reality show contestant was just sentenced to 1-4 years in prison for child pornography on Tuesday… and he's sounding much more guilty this time around!

Related: Naya Rivera Wasn't Surprised By Mark Salling's CP Arrest

As you may recall, the Survivor: Philippines finalist — and infamous Survivor: The Australian Outback medevac — was first investigated by authorities back in February for a completely unrelated Ponzi scheme. However, it was during the search and seizure that police found child porn on his computer, leading to his eventual conviction in November.

But while the 54-year-old was overly adamant about his lack of involvement with the case at first, the AP reports he told the court he was

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Survivor Alum Michael Skupin Convicted Of Possessing Child Pornography

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We're glad justice is being served in this case.

On Friday, a jury convicted Survivor alum Michael Skupin on four out of six child pornography charges. Mr. Skupin was originally arrested in February after police found disturbing images of children on his computer.

Related: Mark Salling Surrenders In Child Porn Case

As of now, the former reality star is out on bond and will remain so until he goes on trial for separate charges of racketeering. Following the conclusion of the case, the 54-year-old will face sentencing for both convictions.

Following Michael's conviction, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette stated:

"The children in these videos and images were exploited, and each time the images were shared and viewed continued their suffering. My hope is that today's conviction will bring some closure to the families and the children that are victims in this case."

Well said.

We'll keep you updated this case progresses.

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