As preparations were under way to shoot "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," actress Megan Fox told a British magazine that director Michael Bay "wants to be like Hitler on his sets" and that he's "a nightmare to work for."
A few months later, Fox, 25, was told her services wouldn't be needed for the movie. But Bay says it wasn't his idea -- rather, it was Steven Spielberg's. The legendary director is one of the movie's executive produders.
"She was in a different world, on her BlackBerry. You gotta stay focused," Bay tells the July issue of GQ, on newsstands Tuesday. "And you know, the Hitler thing. Steven said, 'Fire her right now.' "
"Transformers" star Shia LaBeouf agrees that Fox went too far.
"Criticism is one thing," he told the magazine. "Then there's public name-calling, which turns into high school bashing. Which you can't do. She started (expletive)talking our captain."
But Bay says he wasn't offended by Fox's comments, because he put them in perspective.
"I wasn’t hurt, because I know that’s just Megan," he says. "Megan loves to get a response. And she does it in the wrong way. I’m sorry, Megan. I’m sorry I made you work 12 hours. I’m sorry that I’m making you show up on time. Movies are not always warm and fuzzy."
Fox, who declined to comment for the story, said last year that she chose to bow out.
Read the People story here.