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You don’t have to be Dale Carnegie to know that you shouldn’t compare your boss, who can fire you, to Adolf Hitler. So when Transformers vixen Megan Fox told Wonderland magazine in 2009 that her director was like the infamous Nazi mass murderer, well, she was inevitably replaced for the franchise’s upcoming third film. Now, Bay is admitting the obvious, telling GQ that Fox’s departure had everything to do with the führer furor: “She was in a different world, on her BlackBerry. You gotta stay focused. And you know, the Hitler thing. Steven [Spielberg] said, ‘Fire her right now.’ “

So Transformers‘ producer — and the director of Schindler’s List — reportedly made the call to axe Fox. (Spielberg was away and would not comment, according to his spokesperson.) Obviously, there are certain people you simply can’t compare your co-workers to, like Jeffrey Dahmer, the Unabomber, or Spencer Pratt. For the record, Fox also had compared Bay to French warmonger Napoleon, but that didn’t seem to bother anyone. Hitler, on the other hand, remains the go-to, ultimate can’t-walk-it-back insult, used to disparage everyone from poker champ Annie Duke to Mother Teresa, and it’s not because he was a mediocre artist whose paintings lacked imagination.

Crossing Michael Bay can’t help your career, but if it was Spielberg’s call to can Fox, can you imagine her career recovering anytime soon? Is this Sean Young all over again?

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