Nuku tribe member Jeff Varner has become the seventh castaway to be eliminated from Survivor: Game Changers.
The 50-year-old former two-time Survivor player was eliminated after a shocking and deeply personal tribal council. As the lone original Mana on the new Nuku tribe, Jeff was clearly the odd man out; he originally tried putting the target on Ozzy, a move which others on the tribe seemed willing to consider. But at tribal council, everything came dramatically crashing down.
In an act which was both confusing and damaging, Jeff decided to “out” fellow tribemate Zeke Smith as transgender in hopes that the rest of the tribe would see him as deceitful. It’s a sensitive subject which is way too complex to go into here (I will offer more considered thoughts in my Yahoo recap tomorrow), but it ultimately backfired, as the tribe reacted in horror and disgust that Jeff would stoop to such a level to stay in the game. After an open conversation about what had just happened, Jeff Probst told the tribe there was no need for a vote as everyone agreed they wanted Jeff gone.