Sarah Jessica Parker opens up about her painful ‘Sex and the City’ feud with Kim Cattrall

Parker said Cattrall wasn’t asked to be on “And Just Like That” because “it just didn’t feel comfortable for us anymore.”

And so every story has two sides.

After Kim Cattrall addressed her departure from the “Sex and the City” franchise in a recent Variety cover story, former co-star and executive producer Sarah Jessica Parker spoke about Cattrall’s claims.

“It’s very hard to talk to Kim about the situation because I’ve been so careful never to want to say anything uncomfortable because I don’t like having complicated conversations like this,” Parker said on The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter Podcast.

While Parker credited Cattrall with a “great contribution to the success” of SATC, Cattrall’s past comments have left her not asked to return for the revival series And Just Like That.

“We didn’t ask her to be there because she made it clear that she doesn’t want to pursue this any further and it doesn’t feel comfortable for us anymore, so it didn’t occur to us,” Parker said. “It’s not about beating them, it’s just learning. You have to listen to someone, and if they’re speaking publicly about something and it doesn’t indicate that it’s a place they want to be, or a person they want to play with, or an environment they want to be in, You’re getting to an age where you’re like, ‘Well, let’s hear that.'”

Parker explained that the feud with Cattrall dates back to 2017 when a third “SATC” movie was discussed.

“There were things she asked for [the studio was] unable,” Parker continued. “They weren’t comfortable meeting where she wanted to meet, so we didn’t do the film because we didn’t want to do it without Kim and the studio didn’t want to do it, so it fell apart.”

Cattrall previously revealed her sex-positive character Samantha was written for a “heartbreaking” storyline about receiving unwanted “dick pics” from Miranda’s son Brady, who was 14 at the time of the expected third film and is now a high school senior is HBO Max revival series And Just Like That.

Parker clarified to THR: “It wasn’t like she said ‘no’ to the film; It’s like the studio said no to the film, which you know is happening. And every actor has the right to ask for things, to have a contract that feels good to them. I would never have disputed that, because to be honest, it’s none of my business. Were we disappointed? Secure. But it happens.”

The Plaza Suite star added that it wasn’t her place to tell Cattrall “You’re wrong,” but that her portrayal of a tense set “wasn’t our experience” for co-stars Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis be.

“I’ve spent many years working really hard to always be decent to everyone on set, to care about people, to be responsible for and for people, both my employers and the people for which I feel responsible for as the show’s producer,” Parker said. “And there’s just no one who’s ever spoken about me like that, so it’s very painful.”

And Parker cleared up the use of the term “catfight” thrown around in the press when referring to her and Cattrall’s long history.

“It’s so painful for people to keep talking about this ‘catfight’ – a fight, a fight, a fight. I’ve never in my life uttered fighting words about anyone I’ve ever worked with,” Parker said. “There is no ‘fight’ going on. There was no public dispute or spit or talk or allegations made by me or anyone on my behalf. I would not do it. I wouldn’t have it that way… One person spoke. And I’m not going to ban her or anyone, so that was pretty painful for me too.”

However, Parker noted that Cattrall’s absence from “AJLT” didn’t mean her character Samantha couldn’t be on the show in the form of text messages and implied meetings.

“We were extremely dependent on it [showrunner] Michael [Patrick King] Addressing it and figuring out how we can talk about Samantha’s absence because we have such affection for Samantha, and we wouldn’t have affection for Samantha — I mean, it’s all connected to Kim, so you can take the natural conclusion it’s there because of Kim’s work,” Parker said. “But we felt comfortable going on without her and without that part because we knew what Michael wanted to do. And we thought he handled it beautifully – that she was there and she was present – and that was kind of nice for all of us and, I think, the audience.”

Cattrall previously told Variety that she found out she wouldn’t be on “AJLT” via social media, along with the other “SATC” fans. However, she acknowledged that it was time for her permanent exit from the franchise.

“There is great wisdom in knowing when enough is enough,” Cattrall said earlier this year. “I also didn’t want to compromise on what the show means to me. The way forward seemed clear. Everything inside me said, ‘I’m done.’ And you can’t resist that feeling. I never want to be on a set and not be there.”

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