Rumors had been swirling since last year that those comments might have had something to do with it, Fox’s agent told People that rumors suggesting Fox had been fired weren’t true.
“It was her decision not to return,” the rep told the magazine. “She wishes the franchise the best.”
Now, though, Bay has finally broken his silence on the issue.
“You know, the Hitler thing. Steven (Spielberg) said, fire her right now,” Bay told the Daily Mail about Fox’s departure.
Spielberg is the executive producer of the “Transformers” movies and the “Hitler thing” refers to comments Fox made about Bay to Wonderland Magazine back in 2009.
“He’s like Napoleon and he wants to create this insane, infamous mad-man reputation,” Fox said. “He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is. So he’s a nightmare to work for but when you get him away from set, and he’s not in director mode, I kind of really enjoy his personality because he’s so awkward, so hopelessly awkward. He has no social skills at all. And it’s endearing to watch him.”
Fox was replaced by British model Rosie Huntington-Whitley in “Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon”, which opens during July 4 weekend.