Megan Fox and her short shorts are out of “Transformers 3”

The Transformers will just have to transform without its resident hottie Megan Fox. The starlet won’t return for Transformers 3. Reports are conflicting whether she was fired or left the hit franchise. But one thing is clear — I like her a lot more now.

Paramount confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that Fox’s option wasn’t picked up for the threequel, but claim it was because of the natural progression of the script, which gives series lead Shia LaBeouf a new love interest. Meanwhile, Fox’s rep told People magazine that it was “her decision not to return. She wishes the franchise the best.”

Paramount said the decision to drop Megan from the third film had nothing to do with her recent bout of biting the hand that fed her. In the past several months Fox, never the shrinking violet, had a series of choice things to say about the Transformer films and their bombastic director Michael Bay. Like when she told Wonderland magazine:

He’s like Napoleon and he wants to create this insane, infamous mad-man reputation. He wants to be like Hitler on his sets, and he is. So he’s a nightmare to work for but when you get him away from set, and he’s not in director mode, I kind of really enjoy his personality because he’s so awkward, so hopelessly awkward. He has no social skills at all.

Such a shock she’s no longer in the franchise. I’ve always found that calling my boss Hitler is an excellent road to job security.

Still, I can’t help to be a little happy about this news. No, not because I’m glad Megan got fired. But because I’m glad she is no longer trapped in the franchise where explosions substitute for plot progression. Look, I’m not sure what kind of actress Megan is because, aside from Jennifer’s Body, her roles mostly just required her to look sexy while running around in short shorts and a tank top. But I know she’ll never be able to show off her talents, or lack thereof, acting alongside an Autobot.

So good for you for getting canned/dropping out of Transformers 3, Megan. Now everyone who thinks you’re hot doesn’t have to waste $12 on a movie about dumb robots anymore. So, who should step into Megan’s daisy dukes for the next film? And what should Megan do next? And, just so we’re clear, I am not opposed to it involving short shorts and a tank top again — just no robots.