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‘Survivor’ contestant fired from his job

GREENSBORO, N.C. — “Survivor” contestant Jeff Varner, who outed fellow competitor Zeke Smith as transgender on Wednesday night’s episode of the CBS reality competition, has been fired from his real estate job.

The Greensboro News & Record reported Varner was fired on Thursday from Allen Tate Realtors because he was “in the middle of a news story that we don’t want anything to do with.”

Varner made accusations of “a deception” before revealing Smith is transgender on the episode. Varner was immediately criticized by other players. He repeatedly apologized, but was voted out of the competition.

Smith explained he didn’t mention he was transgender because he didn’t want to be known as “the trans ‘Survivor’ player.”

Clifton James, sheriff in Bond films, dies at 96

Clifton James, best known for his indelible portrayal of a southern sheriff in two James Bond films but who was most proud of his work on the stage, has died. He was 96.

His daughter, Lynn James, said he died Saturday at another daughter’s home in Gladstone, Ore., due to complications from diabetes.

“He was the most outgoing person, beloved by everybody,” Lynn James said. “I don’t think the man had an enemy. We were incredibly blessed to have had him in our lives.”

James often played a convincing Southerner but loved working on the stage in New York during the prime of his career.

One of his first significant roles playing a Southerner was as a cigar-chomping prison floor-walker in the 1967 classic “Cool Hand Luke.”

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