"She will always be part of us," the actress behind Carrie Bradshaw wrote on Instagram.

By Nick Romano
January 11, 2021 at 02:41 PM EST
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Sarah Jessica Parker has addressed the proverbial elephant in the room — or rather, not in the room — after news broke this week about HBO Max moving ahead with a revival of Sex and the City.

Original stars Parker, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristin Davis have been announced as reprising their roles of Carrie Bradshaw, Miranda Hobbes, and Charlotte York-Goldenblatt in the forthcoming And Just Like That. But the other member of what was a quartet of gal pals for so long, Kim Cattrall as Samantha Jones, wasn't mentioned at all.

Responding to a commenter on Instagram, where Parker shared a teaser video for the new show, the actress wrote about Cattrall's absence. Though one Instagram user suggested Parker didn't like Cattrall, due to reports about tensions between the two stars, Parker responded, "No. I don't dislike her. I've never said that. Never would. Samantha isn't part of this story. But she will always be part of us. No matter where we are or what we do."

A representative for Cattrall did not immediately respond to EW's request for comment.

Cattrall was last seen as Samantha in the 2010 film Sex and the City 2, and she has been saying since then that she doesn't want to take part in another series or movie. In October 2017, she appeared on Piers Morgan's show and said she's "never been friends" with her Sex and the City costars. "We've been colleagues and, in some way, it's a very healthy place to be," she added.

In the same interview, Cattrall refuted reports about her demands for a third movie derailing the sequel at Warner Bros. "To get any kind of negative press about something that I've been saying for almost a year of no, I'm demanding or a diva, specifically Sarah Jessica Parker, is I think she could've been nicer," she said. "I really think she could've been nicer. I don't know what her issue is."

In 2018, as Cattrall was grieving the death of her brother, she sent out a response on Instagram directed at Parker, who had expressed her condolences. "I don't need your love and support at this tragic time," she wrote. The sentiment spilled into her caption as she continued, "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."

Parker has insisted there's "no fight" between her and Cattrall. "I never talked about it, except [to say] that some of us were disappointed [about the movie not happening]," she told People. "But I never responded to the conversation Kim had with Piers Morgan, where she said things that were really hurtful about me. We had this experience and it was amazing, and nothing will ever be like it. We had a connection with an audience, and we had a connection with the city and with this crew, and we got to tell these crazy stories with each other. So I don't want to mess with that. I couldn't imagine anyone else playing that part. So there was no fight; it was completely fabricated, because I actually never responded. And I won't, because she needed to say what she needed to say, and that is her privilege."

Parker, Nixon, and Davis have since moved on and will now also executive-produce And Just Like That with Michael Patrick King, who produced the original show and directed the two movies. The new series, consisting of an initial order for 10 half-hour episodes, will follow the ladies as they head into their 50s.

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