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11/06/2014 12:46 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Michael McDonald Says He'll 'Come Out As A Tranny' During Rolling Stone Interview

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In a new interview with Rolling Stone, singer Michael McDonald said he would come out as "a tranny" when releasing a hypothetical album.

The 62-year-old singer-songwriter made the remark while promoting "Southbound," an album which reunites him with his Doobie Brothers bandmates and features collaborations with Blake Shelton and Brad Paisley, among others.

After McDonald pointed to his love of pop-country crossover songs by Patsy Cline and Brenda Lee, Rolling Stone writer Melinda Newman suggested he record a full-length album of tunes made famous by female artists.

"Yeah, and I'm going to come out as a tranny on that one! In my mind I'll be Edie Adams, but I'll look more like Totie Fields," McDonald said. "That's got to be good for at least a couple hundred thousand dollars in sales."

A representative for McDonald has yet to respond to The Huffington Post's request for comment about his use of the term.

It isn't the first time that a celebrity has dropped the controversial term, which is considered to be a slur against transgender people, in an interview. In 2011, Neil Patrick Harris apologized after claiming he sounded "like a tranny" during a guest-hosting stint on "Live With Kelly."

Later the same year, former *NSYNC member Lance Bass suggested that comic Billy Eichner interview "trannies" during an appearance on Access Hollywood. He later apologized in a blog for HuffPost Gay Voices.

Meanwhile, Kelly Osbourne and "Precious" star Gabourey Sidibe also angered fans by using the word.

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