Fox has always insisted she quit the blockbuster movie series after the Transformers sequel but now Bay has a different story, claiming he had to let her go after she likened him to Hitler in a Wonderland magazine interview.
In a recent chat with News.com.au, Bay revealed it was Transformers executive producer Spielberg’s decision to axe his leading lady.
He recalls, "Steven said, 'Fire her right now.'"
Bay insists he wasn't hurt by Fox's remarks, but Jewish movie mogul Spielberg, the founder of the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, was reportedly appalled.
Fox and Spielberg have yet to speak about the ongoing drama.
The actress was replaced by Victoria’s Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for the third Transformers film, which will be released later this summer (11).