'Hollywood Hillbillies' Star I'm Transgender

8/2/2016 2:40 PM PDT

'Hollywood Hillbillies' Star: I'm Transgender

EXCLUSIVE

Michael Kittrell was known as 'Angry Ginger' on "Hollywood Hillbillies," but is now going by the name Claire and says she's transitioning.

Kittrell says she's been undergoing hormone therapy for several months. We spoke to her about going public, and the reality of her announcement she's transgender -- many people will think this is just an Internet stunt.

Claire says it would be so "dark" for anyone to make a joke out of something so painful to so many people. She does admit her own grandmother isn't fully buying this yet, but adds there was a good sign Tuesday Mema's starting to come around.

We can't vouch for her, but check out Claire in her own words.