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When Megan Fox was fired from her role in the "Transformers" movie franchise, many thought that the command was issued by director Michael Bay over some disparaging remarks she made in an interview with the British magazine Wonderland.
But, as it turns out, there may have been another Hollywood bigwig behind Fox's firing. According to Bay, it was Steven Spielberg, who is the executive producer of the films, who demanded that Fox be fired from the third installment, reports the Guardian.
The reason? Fox had likened Bay to Hitler in the interview, according to the Guardian.
"He's like Napoleon and he wants to create this insane, infamous madman reputation. He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is," Fox said to Wonderland.
According to Bay, Spielberg told him to fire her after the Hitler remarks. And it is no wonder that Spielberg might take offense - he directed the critically acclaimed holocaust movie, "Schindler's List," and is the founder of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, reports E! Online.
Fox was replaced by British model Rosie Huntingdon-Whitley. She took over Fox's vacant role as the female lead in the "Transformers" films, the Guardian reports.
And, as it turns out, while Fox may have made some jabs at Bay, she herself was none-too-popular with the crew of "Transformers," who posted an open letter on Bay's website saying that she was unprofessional and "dumb-as-a-rock," reports the Guardian.
At the time of her firing, the official statement had been that Fox willingly decided to leave the franchise to pursue other roles.
Despite the fact that Fox likely had a contract with the studio for the "Transformers" franchise, her firing was probably perfectly legitimate. Most employment situations are "at-will," meaning that firings can occur for any legitimate (and legal) reason. And, those that are governed by contracts might require having a "good cause", which can include insubordination, disrupting the workplace or violating rules, just to name a few.
It seems even ordinary folks like us can take a page and learn from Megan Fox. Fired for her "Hitler" comments about director Michael Bay, Fox's termination really illustrates how important it is to avoid speaking before thinking - especially when you're talking about your boss.