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Jenny McCarthy under fire for 'transphobic' joke

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Jun 03, 2014 | 7:07pm EDT

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Model/actress Jenny Mccarthy is under fire after posting a joke about transgender people online while poking fun at a scandal surrounding Jennifer Lopez's boyfriend Casper Smart.

The On the Floor hitmaker's dancer beau has been at the centre of controversy after reportedly cheating on his superstar girlfriend with a transgender bikini model. On Tuesday (03Jun14), McCarthy decided to weigh in on the rumours, and took to Twitter.com to write, "Did Jennifer Lopez's boyfriend cheat on her with a transsexual model? I heard JLo gave him an ultimatum: 'it's either me or her/him'"

The TV personality soon deleted the tweet after receiving a barrage of responses criticising her for the joke. Author Kelly Oxford wrote, "Hey @JennyMcCarthy your last tweet was really transphobic. I'm a 'learn and be better' type, so I thought I'd let you know. PEACE."

McCarthy has yet to comment on the furore.

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