And just like that, bridges burn.
On Andy Cohen's late night talk show, Watch What Happens Live, Parker got candid with the host about her relationship with her former co-star Kim Cattrall. Fans everywhere were devastated when Cattrall refused to reprise her role as Samantha in Sex and the City's recent reboot, And Just Like That, after being vocal about poor treatment from Parker when filming the original series.
When Cohen commented on how "impressed" he was by the new show's handling of Samantha's absence, Parker responded,
“The actress that played the role is no longer playing that role, but people aren’t absent from your life when you don’t want them to be."
Refusing to address Cattrall by name, Parker elaborated on Samantha's role in And Just Like That. She communicates only by text whilst living abroad, after a falling out with Parker's character. Parker stated,
“I thought it [the plot line] mimicked many friendships that challenge each other and struggle and want to remain connected in a way, because it’s too painful."
Parker has opened up about her relationship with Cattrall before, denying any claims of mistreatment. As she said in a 2018 interview,
“I’ve only ever expressed admiration and gratitude for everything she contributed — and I still feel that way."
Cattrall sees it differently, however, citing a culture of "mean girls" and cliques that isolated her from her cast, and painted her as a diva in the eyes of the media. When Cattrall's missing brother was found dead in 2018, Parker brought up the tragedy in a TV interview, prompting Cattrall to publicly respond on Instagram, saying,
“My Mom asked me today ‘When will that @sarahjessicaparker, that hypocrite, leave you alone? Your continuous reaching out is a painful reminder of how cruel you really were then and now. Let me make this VERY clear. (If I haven’t already) You are not my family. You are not my friend. So I’m writing to tell you one last time to stop exploiting our tragedy in order to restore your ‘nice girl’ persona.”
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