Jeff Varner - Survivor: The Australian Outback, Survivor: Cambodia-Second Chance, Survivor: Game Changers
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Seasons: 3 | Days: 50 | Wins: 0 | Jury: 0

Survivor: The Australian Outback (2001) - 10th place, 7th out.

  • Voted out in Episode 7, "The Merge" (Day 21).

Survivor: Cambodia - Second Chance (2015) - 17th place, 4th out.

  • Voted out in Episode 4, "We Got a Rat" (Day 11).

Survivor: Game Changers (2017) - 14th place, 7th out.

  • Voted out in Episode 7, "What Happened on Exile, Stays on Exile" (Day 18).

Jeff Varner - Career statistics
Challenge stats Tribal council stats Jury stats
Season ChW ChA ChW% VFB VAP TCA TC% wTCR JVF TotJ JV% SurvSc SurvAv
S2: The Australian Outback 0.97 2.53 0.38 2 7 3 0.57 1.70 - - - 0.96 2.67
S31: Cambodia 0.00 0.58 0.00 3 4 4 0.72 2.63 - - - 0.72 2.63
S34: Game Changers 0.41 1.41 0.29 3 6 6 0.48 1.40 - - - 0.77 1.81
Career 1.38 4.51 0.31 8 17 13 0.60 1.85 - - - 0.91 2.31
Jeff Varner - Challenge record
  • S2 logo The Australian Outback challenges (click to expand/collapse)
    Triage - Ep5 RC
    Blind Leading the Blind - Ep6 RC

    Tribal/team challenge record (6-for-10):

    • Australian Outback Ep. 1 RC/IC: "Bridging the Gap" - Thanks to a capsizing raft, Kucha loses big.
    • Australian Outback Ep. 2 RC: "Butch Cassidy" - Everyone competes, Kucha loses again.
    • Australian Outback Ep. 2 IC: "Tucker'd Out" - Successfully eats a grub, and in the tiebreaker, Kucha wins.
    • Australian Outback Ep. 3 RC: "Water Torture" - Carries water, but Kucha narrowly loses in the tie-breaker.
    • Australian Outback Ep. 3 IC: "Lock Step" - Runs well with Kucha, and Kucha wins.
    • Australian Outback Ep. 4 RC: "Master Mind" - Participates in the puzzle, Kucha wins chickens.
    • Australian Outback Ep. 4 IC: "True or Falls" - Answers correctly, Kucha wins again.
    • Australian Outback Ep. 5 RC: "Triage" - Kucha wins its fourth straight.
    • Australian Outback Ep. 5 IC: "The Maze" - Somehow, Kucha loses.
    • Australian Outback Ep. 6 RC: "Blind Leading the Blind" - Kucha wins Doritos & Mountain Dew.


    Perch - Ep7 IC
    Perch - Ep7 IC

    Individual challenge record (0-for-1): (Mean % finish: 40%)

    • Australian Outback Ep. 7 IC: "Perch" - Fourth out, jumps down for peanut butter at the 4-hr point (7th/10).


    Redemption Island duel record: (0-for-0)

    • None.
  • S31 logo Cambodia-Second Chance challenges (click to expand/collapse)

    Yank Yer Hank - Ep2 RC/IC

    Tribal/team challenge record (0-for-4):

    • Cambodia Ep. 1 RC/IC: "Quest for Fire" - Carries the raft, watches Kelly not get the key; Ta Keo loses.
    • Cambodia Ep. 2 RC/IC: "Yank Yer Hank" - Helps haul the crate, but Ta Keo loses again.
    • Cambodia Ep. 3 RC/IC: "Draggin' the Dragon" - Now with Angkor, which finishes last (3rd/3).
    • [Cambodia Ep. 4 RC: "Stompede" - Sits out, as Savage wins BBQ for the tribe (1st/3).]
    • Cambodia Ep. 4 IC: "Blind Leading the Blind" - Caller, then works the puzzle, but Angkor loses (3rd/3).


    Individual challenge record (0-for-0):

    • Cambodia: None.


    Redemption/Exile Island duel record (0-for-0):

    • None.
  • S34 logo Game Changers challenges (click to expand/collapse)

    Austin's EOC - Ep3 RC/IC

    Tribal/team challenge record (2.5*-for-9):

    • Game Changers Ep. 1 RC/IC: "Blue Lagoon Bustle" - Unlocks the crate (slowly), but Mana does not win.
    • Game Changers Ep. 2 RC/IC: "Serpent Turf" - Helps haul the giant snake, but Mana loses again.
    • Game Changers Ep. 3 RC/IC: "Austin's EOC" - Works the puzzle with Sandra, and new Nuku wins! (1st/3).
    • Game Changers Ep. 4 IC: "Ow Pairs" - Caller for Nuku, then blows a huge lead on table maze; Nuku loses.
    • Game Changers Ep. 5 RC: "Unchained Medley" - Uses the grappling hook, Nuku doesn't lose (2nd*/3).
    • Game Changers Ep. 5 IC: "Box Car Blues" - Carries sandbags for Nuku, but Nuku loses (3rd/3).
    • Game Changers Ep. 6 IC: "Cargo Salvage" - Now with Nuku (again), hauls the sled, but Nuku loses.
    • Game Changers Ep. 7 RC: "Dulcimer Stomp" - Works the ladder puzzle with Zeke, and Nuku wins 10 pizzas.
    • Game Changers Ep. 7 IC: "Plunge, Pop, Pull" - Tries to work the word puzzle, but Nuku loses.

    *Note: Second-place finishes in the three-tribe phase of Game Changers count as half a win.


    Individual challenge record (0-for-0):

    • Game Changers: None.


    Redemption/Exile Island duel record: (0-for-0)

    • Game Changers: None.
Career challenge totals
  • Team/tribal challenges
    Wins: 8.5*
    Played: 23
    Win%: 0.37
    Sat out: --
  • Individual challenges
    Wins: 0
    Played: 1
    Win%: 0.00
    Mean% Finish: 0.40
  • Duels
    Wins: 0
    Played: 0
    Win%: --
    Mean% Finish: --
Jeff Varner - Tribal Council record
  • S2 logo The Australian Outback Tribal (click to expand/collapse)
    Ep1 Tribal Council
    Ep7 Tribal Council

    Idols held/played: (0/0)

    • None.


    VFB - Votes for the person booted (2/3):


    VAP - Votes against (7):

    • Australian Outback, Ep. 1: One vote, from Debb.
    • Australian Outback, Ep. 5: One vote, from Kimmi.
    • Australian Outback, Ep. 7: Five votes, from Tina, Colby, Keith, Amber, and Jerri (voted out, 5-5 [4-4 on revote, eliminated due to his two prior votes against]).


    Jury votes made (0):

    • None.
  • S31 logo Cambodia-Second Chance Tribal (click to expand/collapse)

    Ep3 Tribal Council

    Idols held/played: (0/0)

    • None.


    VFB - Votes for the person booted (3/4):


    VAP - Votes against (4):

    • Cambodia, Ep.4: Four votes, from Abi-Maria, Savage, Tasha, and Woo (voted out, 4-1).


    Jury votes made (0):

    • None.
  • S34 logo Game Changers Tribal (click to expand/collapse)

    Ep2 Tribal Council

    Idols held/played (0/0):

    • Game Changers: None.


    VFB - Votes for the person booted (3/6):


    VAP - Votes against (6):

    • Game Changers, Ep. 7: Six votes, from Andrea, Debbie, Ozzy, Sarah, Tai, and Zeke (voted out, 6-0).


    Jury votes made (0/0):

    • Game Changers: None.
Career Tribal Council totals
  • Hidden idols
    Found: 0
    Played: 0
    Votes voided: --
  • Voting record
    VFB: 8
    Tribals: 13
    VAP: 17
  • Jury votes
    Made: 0
    For winners: --
    Received: --
Jeff Varner - Pictures
  • S2 logo The Australian Outback image gallery (click to expand/collapse)
  • S31 logo Cambodia image gallery (click to expand/collapse)
  • S34 logo Game Changers image gallery (click to expand/collapse)
Jeff Varner - Interviews
  • S2 logo The Australian Outback interviews (click to expand/collapse)

    Pre-game interviews

    • None? Some?


    Post-game interviews

    • Rob Owen at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (4/11/01): "Survivor's Jeff says Amber is shrewd player"
    • SurvivorOz podcast interview (2/10/12): "Jeff Varner Interview"
    • Rob Cesternino at RHAP (11/12/12): "Jeff Varner on Survivor Mike Skupin Then vs. Now"
    • Reddit AMA (5/7/15)
  • S31 logo Cambodia interviews (click to expand/collapse)

    Pre-game interviews

    • Rob Cesternino at RHAP (5/9/15): "Survivor: Second Chances | Jeff Varner Interview"
    • Erin Cebula at ET Canada (8/24/15): Pre-game video interview
    • Josh Wigler at (8/28/15): "Jeff Varner Has A Million Things On His Mind"
    • Gordon Holmes at (9/11/15): "Jeff - 'My Alliance Had a Conference Call Before We Left'"
    • Dalton Ross at (9/15/15): "Jeff Varner says 'If Amber can win a million dollars, so can I'"


    Post-game interviews

    • Gordon Holmes at (10/15/15): "Jeff: '(Andrew) and Tasha Were the Rats'"
    • Josh Wigler at (10/15/15): "Jeff Varner's Survivor Adventure Is Over, But His Midlife Quest Has Just Begun"
    • Rob Cesternino at RHAP (10/15/15): "Exit Interview with the 4th Player Voted out of Cambodia"
    • Dalton Ross & Eliza Orlins at (10/15/15): "Jeff Varner reveals the secret chat that led to his challenge meltdown"
  • S34 logo Game Changers interviews (click to expand/collapse)

    Pre-game interviews

    • Gordon Holmes at (2/16/17): "Jeff: 'I Feel Like If I Keep My Mouth Shut I Might Make a Jury for a Change'"
    • Josh Wigler at (2/27/17): "Jeff Varner Enjoys Long Walks on the Beach"
    • CBS Game Changers pre-game interview (YouTube)


    Post-game interviews

    • Gordon Holmes at (4/13/17): "Jeff: 'I Assaulted Zeke That Night, Outing Someone Is Assault'"
    • Dalton Ross at (4/13/17): "Jeff Varner says 'I am absolutely devastated' over outing Zeke as transgender"
    • Josh Wigler at (4/13/17): "Jeff Varner Describes His 'Horrible' Final Act in the Game"
    • Rob Cesternino at RHAP (4/13/17): "Exit Interview | Latest Player Voted Out - 4/13/17"
Jeff Varner - Bios
  • S2 logo The Australian Outback bio (click to expand/collapse)

    From his official CBS Survivor: The Australian Outback cast bio page:


    Hometown intro shot"Jeff Varner is an internet project manager, having most recently worked as Director of People and Process for a Manhattan start-up company. There he developed and managed the technical and interpersonal aspects of a Human Resources/Operations hybrid system for a staff of 30. Prior employment includes work as a website producer, graphic designer and marketing manager for various companies.


     Varner obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Earlier employment included stints as a waiter, bartender and traveling salesperson. He is most proud of successfully making the transition from small town living to the much faster pace of a big city.


    An aggressive athlete, he first put on a pair of skates when he was two years old and has since played competitive hockey (right defense) for 16 years, though he admits he spent most of the time in the penalty box. Additionally, he studied martial arts, receiving a black belt in Tae Kwon Do when he was 15 years old. While pursuing his degree with UNC, he was Captain of the National Champion Tar Heel Cheer Team (1989-90). He is an avid rollerblader, spending many afternoons skating through Manhattan's busy streets.


    Varner describes himself as provocative, energetic, competitive, adventurous, and a free spirit who will try anything twice. His favorite television show is Sex and the City while his favorite feature films are 'Coal Miner's Daughter' and 'The Matrix.' He likes all kinds of music, especially that which motivates.


    His perfect day includes a trip to the mountains with someone special for a day of hiking and nature (including a swim at a breathtaking waterfall). The day finishes with a jog, a shower, a bottle of Merlot, a ruthless game of backgammon, and great sex.


    Born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina, Varner currently lives in Manhattan, New York. He is a member of the Society of Human Resources. His respect, love and concern for children motivates him to volunteer for organizations and charities that support kids with need. Currently, he is researching burn trauma organizations for kids with the hope of making a difference. His birth date is April 16."

  • S31 logo Cambodia bio (click to expand/collapse)

    From his CBS Survivor: Cambodia bio page: (Nothing currently there.)


    Official CBS pre-game interview:

  • S34 logo Game Changers bio (click to expand/collapse)

    Excerpts from his official CBS Game Changers bio page:


    "What skills do you bring to Survivor that will make you a useful member of the group and what skills have you been learning since you last played?
    I’ll be much more useful at challenges and intend to be more instrumental around camp. I want strong relationships when this is over, but already have a host of great friends.


    I make mistakes, but I'm a good person with a good heart. I hope America sees that. But if my competition doesn't, their loss.


    How will you play differently this time? 
    I want to have more fun this time. I’ll combine my Outback and Cambodia styles—hard gameplay with a more subtle approach. I plan to try and control my emotions more. As best as circumstances allow, I’ll manage a swap better.


    I plan to align myself with the big threats. Even if I end up in the minority after a swap, I'll make sure there is someone else with me who is more of a target.


    This time, it’s all business. I'd love to make the Jury finally, but if I don't, I want to make sure I've soaked it all up in a way that it's okay."