Survivor alum Jeff Varner was fired from his job as a real estate agent in the wake of Wednesday's episode, in which Varner outed his fellow contestant Zeke Smith as being transgender.

Varner told Entertainment Tonight that he warned his bosses about the episode ahead of time, but was unceremoniously let go on Thursday. He learned of his dismissal when he discovered he couldn't access his work email while doing exit interviews with press outlets including

"Then the MLS association emails to say, 'You've been terminated,'" Varner told ET. "I didn't even find out from my company. Suddenly my real estate license was inactive and my current clients [were] left in the dark."

Survivor's Jeff Varner: Zeke has every right to hate me

Varner says his boss explained that the company "wanted nothing to do with" the news story about Varner and Zeke. "It was an ugly day," he says. "I was devastated."

After the episode aired, Varner publicly apologized for his behavior in a statement, writing "I offer my deepest, most heartfelt apologies to Zeke Smith, his friends and life allies, his family and to all those who my mistake hurt and offended."

-- Jeff Varner (@JEFFVARNER) April 13, 2017

But his apology wasn't enough to save his job status from the fallout.

Varner added that he is optimistic about his chances of re-entering the workforce at a new real estate and hopes his clients will join him in the move.

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