Megan Fox Quit ‘Transformers’ Because Michael Bay Is a Big Meanie

Many questions have been asked since it was announced that Megan Fox wouldn’t be returning to the Transformers franchise for its third installment. But the biggest question is undoubtedly, “What happened?”

According to a new report Fox did, as she claims, voluntarily quit the hugely successful movie series—because director Michael Bay had a habit of being “verbally abusive” toward her.

Fox has made no secret of her distaste for Bay’s hard-nosed directorial style, famously likening him to Hitler at one point. And now a source close to Fox claims that she bailed because “she had enough and wanted to get out early.”

Of course, going into the third installment isn’t particularly “early,” but other reports of Bay’s supposed abrasive attitude toward his talent would seem to back up the claim. Bay reportedly “wasn’t very nice” to his Pearl Harbor star Kate Beckinsale, and Fox’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen co-star Isabel Lucas reportedly ditched the movie’s publicity tour because of her problems with the helmsman. Overall, says one source, Bay is “not well-liked” by female talent.

And, of course, Bay has openly bragged that he made Fox wash his Ferrari while he filmed her as part of her audition for the Transformers role, so maybe there’s some merit to these claims.

In addition, a source close to the production of Transformers claims that Bay puts enormous amounts of pressure on his actresses in the looks department:

“[Bay] wants his actresses to look a certain way, and if they can’t meet his absurd standards of beauty, he gets rid of them.”

All very intriguing—especially the possibility that Fox might, possibly, not meet somebody’s standard of beauty. There’s picky, and then there’s insane…

What do you think—did Megan bail because of Bay’s abusiveness? Share your theories in the comments section.