Michael Bay responds to Kate Beckinsale comments

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Director Michael Bay responded to Kate Beckinsale's negative comments about his directing style on Wednesday, claiming the two are longtime friends and that they have spoken about the issue.

"The reporter made her story into some scandalous confrontation, when it was nothing of the sort," Bay wrote onhis personal site. "Spoke to Kate today and she felt she told a funny story."

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NEW YORK - APRIL 06: Kate Beckinsale and Ex. Michael Sheen are seen out in Manhattan on April 06, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 05: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Kate Beckinsale, Lily Mo Sheen and Michael Sheen are seen in Soho on April 5, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 05: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) (L-R) Lily Mo Sheen, Michael Sheen and Kate Beckinsale on April 5, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 12: (L-R) Michael Sheen, Kate Beckinsale and Len Wiseman attends the Weinstein Company's 2014 Golden Globe Awards after party on January 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images)
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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA- MARCH 24: Actor Michael Sheen and actress Kate Beckinsale attend the 10th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation InStyle Party on October 24, 2002 at the Moomba Restaurant in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
LONDON - FEBRUARY 4: Actress Emma Thompson and Michael Sheen, ex-husband of British actress Kate Beckinsale, arrive at the 'Sony Ericsson Empire Film Awards' at The Dorchester Hotel on February 4, 2004 in London. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
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TORONTO, ON - JULY 12: Actress Kate Beckinsale and actor Michael Sheen attend the After-Party for the Canadian Premiere of 'Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallow Part 2' at Casa Loma on July 12, 2011 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
Actress Kate Beckinsale and actor Michael Sheen with daughters attend the After-Party for the Canadian Premiere of 'Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallow Part 2' at Casa Loma on July 12, 2011 in Toronto, Canada.
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LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 2: Actress Kate Beckinsale and actor Michael Sheen attend the Second Annual My VH1 Music Awards on December 2, 2001 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
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During a recent taping of the U.K.'s "Graham Norton Show" in a segment that never made it to air, Beckinsale said that Bay fussed over her looks for the film "Pearl Harbor." "I think he was baffled by me because my boobs weren't bigger than my head and I wasn't blonde," she said on the BBC One talk show.

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Part of Beckinsale's apparent criticism of Bay was that he suggested she get in shape, after just having a baby, for the 2001 blockbuster starring Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett.

To that, Bay said: "So I guess I was the 'bad guy' 16 years ago for suggesting a trainer because she just had her new beautiful baby girl — and she was about to enter into an intensive action movie. Note to reporters: 95 % of leads in movies have trainers and drink green juice!"

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Read Bay's note in full below.

"Really?

This poster has hung proudly over my desk for 15 years. Yesterday I read in the press that I don't think Kate Beckinsale is "a stunning beauty," huh? And they went on to suggest that Kate and I don't like each other?

Well, totally untrue. Kate and I are friendly. She is a fantastic actress, very funny, witty lady, sassy, speaks her mind, and I truly respect her. That's why she has come to so many of my Christmas parties and Birthday parties. This so called 'problem of us not liking each other' was reported by a tabloid-esque reporter after Kate appeared on an edgy English talk show, speaking about our meeting 16 years ago while casting Pearl Harbor. The reporter made her story into some scandalous confrontation, when it was nothing of the sort. Spoke to Kate today and she felt she told a funny story.

So I guess I was the "bad guy" 16 years ago for suggesting a trainer because she just had her new beautiful baby girl–and she was about to enter into an intensive action movie. Note to reporters: 95 % of leads in movies have trainers and drink green juice!"

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