Megan Fox got the boot from the Transformers franchise, following advice from head honcho Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay has revealed.
After the actress compared the director to Hitler, and said he was "a nightmare to work for", co-producer Spielberg made some calls.
"She was in a different world, on her BlackBerry. You gotta stay focused. And you know, the Hitler thing. Steven said, 'Fire her right now'," Michael told US GQ.
The director said he wasn't too insulted by Megan's comments. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley later replaced her as the female lead in the third instalment Transformers: Dark Of The Moon.
"I wasn't hurt, because I know that's just Megan. Megan loves to get a response. And she does it in the wrong way," he said.
"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."
The 25-year-old actress, who declined to comment on the GQ story, previously revealed it was her decision not to return, but "wishes the franchise all the best".
Regardless of their disagreements, Bay says the pair ended on decent terms.
"She sent me a text three months ago. She said, 'I hope you're doing well'," he recalled. "When you're days and months on a set, it's like a family. You say rude things and you make up."