And just like that – she brings the hum of her “catfight” to a purring finish.
Sarah Jessica Parker claims her alleged friction with Kim Cattrall, 65, was nothing more than a “very painful” one-sided beef that was single-handedly cooked by her ex “Sex and the City” co-star.
“It’s very difficult to talk to Kim about the situation,” Parker, 57, told the Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast on Wednesday.
“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 combative words about anyone I’ve worked with — ever,” added the “And Just Like That” icon.
“There is no ‘fight’ going on. There was no public dispute or spit or talk or accusations made by me or anyone on my behalf. I wouldn’t do it… One person was talking,” she continued.
Parker then discovered what she believes was the root of the rumored altercations between her and Cattrall, and pointed to the collapse of what would have been the third feature film adaptation of “SATC” in 2017.
“[Warner Bros.] didn’t feel comfortable meeting where she wanted to meet, so we didn’t do the movie because we didn’t want to do it without Kim,” Parker explained, adding that “it fell apart.”
However, that seemingly contradicts Cattrall’s claim — in a Variety interview earlier this year — that Cattrall already felt like he was “done” with the franchise after the second film.
She also suggested that Cattrall’s alleged contractual demands derailed production.
At the time, reports surfaced claiming that Cattrall had refused to participate in the threequel unless Warner Bros. Studio agreed to greenlight an independent film project she had in development.
Cattrall immediately declined to give the studio an ultimatum tweet in September 2017: “Wake 2 a @MailOnline [poop emoji] Storm! The only ‘DEMAND’ I ever made was that I didn’t want to do a third film….& that was in 2016.”
Regardless of the connection to the film’s crash, Parker said she and fellow leading actresses Kristin Davis, 57, and Cynthia Nixon, 56, took the hit calmly.
“Were we disappointed?” she asked on Award’s Chatter, then replied, “Sure. But it happens.”
Despite the cast’s willingness to shrug off the failed trilogy, Parker said Cattrall openly blasted her and her co-stars after the film’s chaos.
“There was just a lot of public conversation about how she felt about the show,” Parker said, noting Cattrall’s dodgy claim that they were “never friends” during an October 2017 interview with Piers Morgan.
Parker also addressed her ex-star’s claim that she should have been “nicer” during her SATC days.
“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 talked about me like that.”
As for why Cattrall was left out of the 2021 SATC reboot And Just Like That, Parker said, “We didn’t ask her to be a part of it because she made it clear she didn’t want to pursue it and felt it.” no longer felt comfortable to us, so it didn’t occur to us.”
In 2017, during her interview with Morgan, Cattrall explained her decision to leave the franchise.
“Not for me,” she said when asked if there would be more adaptations of the award-winning series. “That was part of turning 60. That was a very clear moment: ‘How many years do I have left and what do I want to do with it? What haven’t I done?’ I think the show was the best when it was the series and the bonus was the two movies.”
And for that, Parker said excluding Cattrall from the reboot wasn’t a dig, it was an acknowledgment of her wishes.
“It’s not ‘slamming’ them, it’s just learning,” Parker said on the podcast. “You have to listen to someone, and when 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, we hear that.’”
Parker also credited “AJLT” showrunner Michael Patrick King for giving Cattrall’s character Samantha a smooth send-off.
“We felt comfortable going on without her and without that part because we knew what Michael wanted to do,” she said.
On “AJLT,” Cattrall’s absence is attributed to an argument between her and Parker’s character, Carrie.
“And we thought he handled it beautifully,” Parker enthused.