The comparison angered Spielberg, who is executive producer of the Transformers series and deadly serious when it comes to Nazis. Bay revealed for the first time he was told to get rid of Fox.I still am not convinced this is the final straw mostly because the time line makes zero sense. Megan's Hitler comment was published September 5th, 2009, open letter response from the crew followed a week later on September 12th, 2009. Nothing really happens (besides the DVD release in November) until May 4th when Megan Fox is spotted on the Playa Vista location for Transformers 3 with a makeup test shot appearing online a week later. Then on May 19th, 2010 the news breaks she was fired and will be replaced just two weeks before production starts.
"You know the Hitler thing. Steven (Spielberg) said, fire her right now," he said ahead of the premiere of Transformers 3. The comment drew the ire of the film's crew, who compared her acting to that of a porn star.
Bay said he wasn't hurt by the Hitler comment. However, Spielberg is known to be sensitive when it comes to Nazis. After his experience directing Schindler's List, he founded the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, which furthers the remembrance of the Holocaust of World War II.
Despite what is being said by Bay or others it doesn't make much sense to me that there was a 9 month delay in the publishing of her Hitler comment and the consequences of that comment. More happened. I think that "more" occurred in that two week period when she started showing up for production prep and the day she got fired. Rumors of that include her weight (too thin) but who really know at this point.
Keep in mind something as major as replacing the lead actress on a $200 million dollar summer tent pole film on the eve of the beginning of principle photography is a major decision. It not one that Michael Bay could have made alone. A unified front from Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg would have been sufficient to make it happen but the signing off would still have to go up the Paramount and DreamWorks executive ladder for approval. It wouldn't even surprise me if Hasbro's leadership was tapped for input. Whatever happened was significant enough to make the change and I don't think a 9 month old Hitler comment was the main reason. It was probably one of many factors but there is still that "final straw" that no one is talking about. Thanks to Emil for the link.