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'Survivor: Game Changers' Star Sorry, I Outed You As Transgender

4/13/2017 6:38 AM PDT

"Survivor: Game Changers" star Jeff Varner apologized again for outing his transgender co-star during Wednesday's tribal meeting, comparing the move to assault.

Jeff wrote a lengthy apology to Zeke Smith, who was born a woman, saying he "recklessly revealed something I mistakenly believed everyone already knew."

Jeff went on to say ... outing someone is assault since it robs a person of their power and protection.

Jeff outed Zeke to save himself at the tribal council. Most of the others jumped to Zeke's defense.

Former 'Survivor' Star Registers as Sex Offender ... Off to Prison for Child Porn

1/23/2017 10:04 AM PST

Former "Survivor" contestant Michael Skupin is now a registered sex offender, and on his way to prison for possession of child porn and running a Ponzi scheme.

Skupin -- who's been sentenced to up to 4 years behind bars -- is being transferred Monday to Michigan State Prison after being convicted last month.

Once Skupin gets out, some of his supervision conditions include ... no contact with any minors, staying 1,000 feet away from all schools, no owning or using a computer and random drug and alcohol testing.

As we reported ... law enforcement found Skupin's child pornography when cops were investigating his involvement in a Ponzi scheme.

Sia Ultimate 'Survivor' Fangirl Throws $100k To Show Finalist

5/19/2016 9:36 AM PDT
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Sia and her famous bangs handed out major bucks ... $100k to one of the 'Survivor' finalists, who was 100% surprised by her generous gift. 

During Wednesday night's finale a voice was heard interrupting Jeff Probst ... and then Sia shocked everyone by jumping onstage and dishing out the dough to fan favorite Tai Trang. Sia's reason for the big donation -- she's a huge fan of the show and was moved by Trang's positive messages throughout the season. 

$50k is going directly to Trang, and the rest to his favorite charities. Trang tells us he's still unsure how he'll spend his cut -- but is vowing to spread the other half around several charities in San Francisco, where he lives.

The tribe has spoken ... and Sia's pretty loaded. 

'Survivor: Kaoh Rong' Chemist Pled Guilty To Falsifying Katrina Water Tests

2/26/2016 12:40 AM PST

A contestant on "Survivor: Kaoh Rong" failed to outwit, outplay and outlast the feds ... because she pled guilty to felonies for falsifying Hurricane Katrina water test results ... TMZ has learned.  

Debbie Wanner, a 49-year-old chemist from Reading, PA, was arrested in 2010 and charged with 3 counts of falsifying test results from Hurricane Katrina water samples.

Wanner worked for a private lab that did testing for various Pennsylvania counties and private companies. Her company was hired to ensure water met various environmental standards.

According to legal docs, Wanner took on clients when she knew her company did not have the proper equipment to provide accurate results. The criminal complaint alleges she falsified water test results.

Wanner pled guilty to 3 felonies for falsifying results. She was placed on 1 year probation.  

It's interesting timing ... she's on the show in the middle of the Flint water crisis.

Debbie's strutting her expertise on 'Survivor' on all things water ... if they only knew.

Former 'Survivor' Star Charged With Possession of Child Porn

2/5/2016 3:58 PM PST
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Former "Survivor" contestant Michael Skupin -- whose claim to fame on the show was falling in a fire pit -- has been charged with several counts of possessing child porn.

Michigan's Attorney General announced the charges Friday ... including 6 counts of possession of child porn, 5 counts of larceny and 1 count of racketeering.

The A.G. says Skupin came under investigation after people came forward claiming they were victims of his Ponzi scheme, losing up to $10k. When investigators seized Skupin's computer, they discovered images of underage kids in sexual situations, according to the A.G.

Bruce Beresford-Redman Convicted of Murdering Wife

3/12/2015 8:04 PM PDT
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Bruce Beresford-Redman, the former "Survivor" producer who has been in a Mexican jail for 4 years after his wife was found murdered in Mexico, has been found guilty.

A judge in Mexico sentenced Beresford-Redman to 12 years in prison for murdering Monica.  Her body was found in a sewer on the hotel property where the 2 were vacationing.  Authorities say she was strangled.  The 2 were heard arguing shortly before she disappeared.

Beresford-Redman will receive credit for the 4 years he has already served.  His lawyers say they will appeal the conviction.

'Survivor' Star Caleb Bankston We'll Pay For His Funeral Says Railroad Company

6/26/2014 10:31 AM PDT

"Survivor" star Caleb Bankston -- who died in a freak train derailment Tuesday -- will be buried Thursday in Alabama ... and the railroad company where he worked will foot the bill for the funeral ... TMZ has learned.

A rep for Watco Companies -- which operates the Alabama Warrior Railway where the derailment occurred -- says it's been in contact with Bankston's family ... and has promised to cover all of the burial expenses.

TMZ broke the story ... the 26-year-old train engineer was crushed between two rail cars when one of the cars unexpectedly jumped the tracks. 

The cause of the derailment is still under investigation.

Caleb was engaged to marry Colton Cumbie this fall. The two appeared together last year on "Survivor: Blood vs. Water."

'Survivor' Star Caleb Bankston Crushed Between Two Train Cars

6/25/2014 9:26 AM PDT
"Survivor" star Caleb Bankston was crushed to death by 2 rail cars when the train on which he was riding derailed ... TMZ has learned.

Bankston -- a contestant on "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" last year  -- was checking on something in the small space between two of the cars when the train went off the tracks. Cops say the rear car slammed into the forward car ... with Bankston caught helplessly in between.

Since this is an industrial accident, Birmingham PD says the Federal Railroad Administration and the railway company’s safety officer will conduct separate investigations.

So far, it is unknown what caused the derailment. We're told there was one other worker on the train at the time of the crash ... he was not injured.

'Survivor' Castmate Dies in Train Accident

6/25/2014 3:22 AM PDT
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Caleb Bankston
, a contestant on "Survivor:  Blood vs. Water" died Tuesday in a train accident.

The 26-year-old -- who appeared on the show with his fiance last year -- worked for the Alabama Warrior Railway.  He was working on one of the trains when it derailed Tuesday, killing him.

Caleb worked as a locomotive engineer/conductor. 

It's unclear what caused the derailment but both OSHA and the Federal Railroad Administration have already been contacted.

Caleb was a well-liked cast member.   Aras Baskauskas tweeted, "Caleb was an amazing man and friend.  One of the sweetest and most sincere humans I've ever come across."

'Survivor' Villain Jonny Fairplay I Broke My Finger ... Playing Kickball

6/13/2014 2:40 PM PDT
"Survivor" villain Jonny Fairplay got tossed in the air by an angry buff guy Thursday and broke his finger in the process -- only this time, Danny Bonaduce wasn't involved.

Jonny says he broke his ring finger this week playing in an adult kickball league ... after a large man bum rushed him at second base, knocking Fairplay high into the air.

The "Survivor" star got checked out by a doctor after the game -- they said he also tore a tendon in his middle finger -- but for now he won't need surgery, just a splint and some tape.

Free reign to give people the bird, nice.

'Survivor' Runner-Up Cop Car Selfie After DWI Arrest

1/12/2014 12:18 PM PST
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Former "Survivor" runner-up Jessica Kiper was busted for DWI Saturday in New Orleans ... so she did what any other drunk fame-monger would do -- she snapped a selfie in the cop car.

Jessica -- who finished 3rd on Season 17 (and later appeared on "Celebrity Rehab") -- allegedly plowed into the back of another vehicle parked outside of a local high school.

Cops say Jessica was clearly hammered, so she was arrested and taken to the back of a squad car ... where she managed to snap a selfie. She was later taken to jail where she was booked and eventually released.

But the next day, Jessica posted the selfie along with a rambling caption making fun of the situation ... saying, "In my 8 hours [in jail] I made my weakest cell mate my bitch."

She added, "#survivor was worse. Crossing this off my bucket list. #wakeupcall."

Jessica also predicted, "My mugshot is going to be as bad as my yearbook photos."

Here's the mug shot -- her yearbook pics must be pretty bad.

'Survivor' Champ Kimberly Spradlin ARRESTED AT DMV In Major Police Mix-Up

4/26/2013 5:00 PM PDT
Kimberly Spradlin -- the chick who won "Survivor: One World" in 2012 -- was arrested in Texas this month and spent 8 hours in jail ... FOR A CRIME SHE DIDN'T COMMIT ... TMZ has learned.

Spradlin -- who was recently married -- was at the DMV in San Antonio on April 16 to officially change her last name ... when a staffer saw a note in the system indicating there was a warrant out for Kim's arrest.

The warrant -- issued by authorities in nearby Hale County, TX -- noted that Kim was wanted for allegedly bouncing checks all over town.

Kim was taken into custody and hauled to a nearby jail -- where she was booked and held in a cold cell for 8 long hours. She eventually forked over $1,500 to bond out.

Problem is ... Kim is NOT the check-bouncer. Turns out, there's ANOTHER person named Kimberly with the same birthday ... and there was simply a mix-up in the system.

TMZ spoke with Kim (the famous Kim) ... who tells us she spoke with officials who are working to clear up the situation ... and she wants to be reimbursed for the $1,500 bond.

It's not like Kim needs the money ... she won $1,000,000 for winning "Survivor" ... and raked in an additional $100,000 for winning the Fan Favorite Award at the reunion special.

Still, Kim is laughing about the situation -- and gave us the following words of wisdom ... "Be careful at the DMV, ya never know what's going to happen."

She added, "Bring a jacket ... it's cold in jail."

'Survivor' Contestant I Broke My Foot in Ugly Carpet Accident

4/21/2012 3:30 AM PDT

She braved the wilderness ... but former "Survivor" contestant Semhar Tadesse was no match for the tacky carpet in her L.A. apartment ... snagging her heel and breaking her foot ... and now she's suing her landlord.

Making matters worse, sources tell TMZ the fall took place on the staircase back in August ... and we're told Semhar broke two bones in her foot.

Semhar filed a lawsuit in L.A. County Superior Court, claiming the injuries were so serious .... she couldn't work. Sources say her medical bills are already north of $20k.

Two months after the fall, Semhar was arrested for DUI -- she previously told TMZ, the only reason she bombed her field sobriety test was because of her injured foot, which prevented her from walking a straight line.

Semhar's suing for undisclosed damages. Calls to her old landlord weren't returned.
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