The remark did not sit well with executive producer Steven Spielberg ("Schindler's List," the Shoah Foundation), who took obvious offense to the comparison of a fellow filmmaker to a genocidal dictator.
Bay tells the new GQ Spielberg told him to "fire her right now."
Megan was replaced by Victoria's Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" opens next week.
Morgan goes to Nashville
Tracy Morgan has delivered a personal apology to gay advocacy groups and audience members in Nashville, who were offended by his anti-gay rant during a June 3 show there.
Morgan met with them yesterday morning and later addressed reporters at the Nashville Convention Center. He did not take questions.
Who knows what would have come out of his mouth if he had.
Said Morgan: "I just wanted to take this opportunity to help and not hurt."
Looking to get his mojo back, Arnold Schwarzenegger is rediscovering the simple, gentler pleasures of his homeland, Austria.
In Vienna for an environment conference, the former governor of California spoke about the things he misses there - "the music of Mozart," or "a juicy wiener schnitzel."
Uh, they have Mozart in California. And, Arnold, you're the juicy wiener schnitzel.
So long, Big Man
Bruce Springsteen eloquently euologized his longtime friend Clarence Clemons yesterday at a private funeral at a small Florida church.
The roughly two-hour service for the 69-year-old E Street Band saxophonist known as the Big Man, was at the Royal Poinciana Chapel in Palm Beach.
Springsteen, among those delivering eulogies, spoke eloquently of his friendship with Clemons, according to those leaving the church. Jackson Browne, Pat Riley and members of the E Street Band were on hand.
The 6-foot-5 Clemons died from stroke complications Saturday at his home in Singer Island, Fla. As mourners converged in Florida, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a big man lower-case, lauded Clemons in an executive order as "a gifted musician, remarkable performer and iconic figure." Christie also ordered state flags lowered to half-staff tomorrow in the musician's honor.
"Through his accomplishments and achievements in the entertainment industry and his contributions to the cultural identity of New Jersey, Clarence Clemons has made New Jersey a better place," the order read.
* Elton John's
performance at Susquehanna Bank Center scheduled for Sept. 16 has been canceled. Refunds will be available at point of purchase starting today.
* U.N. Goodwill Am-
bassador Shakira is promoting her global-education campaign with a stop at a joint Israeli-Arab school in Jerusalem.
Shakira kicked off Israel's third annual President's Conference yesterday with a plea for children's education worldwide. She did not specifically single out the Philadelphia School District for help but she did say that the Holy Land was the "perfect place to talk about how urgent it is to invest in education."
Shakira, 34, was born in Colombia but is of Lebanese heritage.
* U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and her overachieving husband, astronaut and Navy captain Mark Kelly, are working on a memoir for Scribner. The book, currently untitled, will be an intimate chronicle of everything from their careers and courtship to the Jan. 8 tragedy when a gunman shot Giffords in the head during a political event in Tucson. Six people were killed in the attack and 12 others besides the congresswoman were wounded.
"Since Jan. 8, it's been really touching to us to see how much support there is for Gabby and her recovery, and how much interest there is in how she's doing and her story," Kelly said. Yesterday he announced his retirement from the Navy and NASA. Hey, this writing is a full-time job.
* S. Victor Whitmill, the tattoo
artist who sued over Ed Helms' tatt in "The Hangover Part II," has settled his suit over the design, which resembles the facial ink he created for Mike Tyson.
Warner Bros. spokesman Paul McGuire said the studio and Whitmill resolved their dispute amicably.
* Aretha Franklin has
fractured a toe on her left foot.
Aretha performed Thursday at the home of a Dallas "oil baron" and was packing her clothing later in a hotel room when she stepped on the spiked heel of one of her favorite Jimmy Choo shoes, causing the heel to "wrap" around her toe, spokeswoman Tracey Jordan told the Associated Press yesterday.
If Aretha Franklin is wearing spiked heels, she should be thankful she broke only her toe.
Daily News wire services contributed to this report.