Published On: Thu, Apr 13th, 2017

Did ‘Survivor’ 2017’s Zeke Smith Give CBS Permission To Air Transgender Reveal?

Survivor Jeff Probst talks Zeke Smith

Survivor 2017 featured a very significant moment Wednesday night in which contestant Zeke Smith was outed as transgender, but did he ultimately give the show permission to air this reveal? The moment, which occurred during the last 20 minutes of the episode at Tribal Council, had some on social media questioning the intentions of CBS for airing it.

In a moment of pure desperation, Survivor contestant Jeff Varner revealed to the rest of his tribe that Zeke was transgender during Tribal Council. Varner openly asked Zeke why he hadn’t told anyone about being trans, causing stunned silence among the group followed by an outburst of emotion from others in the tribe. Andrea Boehlke started crying, Tai Trang yelled at Varner for publicly outing someone in this manner and Debbie Wanner sternly told him this was bringing personal life into the game in an unnecessary way.

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Did ‘Survivor’ 2017’s Zeke Smith Give CBS Permission To Air Transgender Reveal?