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An HBO Exec Revealed The Shady Way The "SATC" Reboot Will Explain Samantha's Absence And It Kinda Reflects The Cast's Real-Life Feud

"People come into your life, and people leave."

Posted on February 11, 2021, at 6:43 a.m. ET

I'm sure by now you've heard the news that Sex and the City will be returning to our screens in a brand-new reboot of the iconic show.

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Three of the franchise's original stars, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, and Cynthia Nixon, announced the news of a reboot on Instagram last month.

The announcement went on to reveal that the show, titled And Just Like That, will follow the group navigating life and friendship in their fifties.

However, there was one member of the group missing from the announcement: Kim Cattrall, who of course played Samantha.

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The news didn't come as a huge surprise considering Kim has been vocal about not wanting to participate in any future movies or series related to the franchise.

Woke 2 a @MailOnline 💩storm! The only 'DEMAND' I ever made was that I didn't want to do a 3rd film....& that was back in 2016

Back in 2017, Kim was even accused of being the reason that a third SATC movie was canceled just days before shooting commenced. While she vehemently denied the reports, her former costars stoked the rumors on social media.

There have also been multiple reports of infighting between Kim and the rest of the cast. In fact, months after the third movie was scrapped, Kim spoke out and described the relationship between herself and her former costars as "toxic."

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“The answer was always no,” Kim said of her decision to turn down the third movie. “I never asked for any money. I never asked for any projects. To be thought of as some kind of diva is ridiculous.”

She went on to say that she had no idea when she'd last spoken to her costars.

“Nobody ever picks up the phone and tries to contact you and say, ‘How you doing?' That would have been the way to handle it,” she said. “This is, it feels like, a toxic relationship."

Just a year later, Kim publicly blasted Sarah Jessica Parker, describing her as "cruel" after she spoke out about the death of her brother.

After Sarah Jessica expressed her condolences during a TV interview, Kim hopped onto Instagram and shared a post describing her as "cruel" and a "hypocrite."

"You are not my friend," Kim wrote. "So I'm writing to tell you one last time to stop exploiting our tragedy in order to restore your 'nice girl' persona."

And, in the days after news of the reboot emerged, Kim made her feelings on deciding to swerve the project clear by liking one particularly pointed tweet from a fan who praised her for "putting herself first."

I absolutely love Sex and the City and whilst I am saddened that Samantha will not return, I applaud doing what is best for you and think this is great example of putting yourself first. Well done @KimCattrall 💖💖💖

Well, HBO Max's chief content officer has now opened up about how the reboot plans to tackle Samantha's absence from the show, after fans began speculating whether the character would be recast — or even killed off.


But it appears that the producers behind the show are taking their cues from real-life events, with Samatha's absence being explained by the group simply no longer being friends with her.

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"Just as in real life, people come into your life and people leave," HBO's Casey Bloys told TV Line.


"Friendships fade, and new friendships start," he continued. "So I think it is all very indicative of the real stages — the actual stages of life."


"They're trying to tell an honest story about being a woman in her fifties in New York," he added. "So it should all feel somewhat organic, and the friends that you have when you're 30, you may not have when you're 50."


Casey's explanation is actually reminiscent of comments made by Kim Cattrall back in 2017 when she revealed that part of the reason she wasn't friends with her costars was because they had no "common ground" without the show.

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"We've never been friends," she said during an appearance on Piers Morgan's Life Stories. "We've been colleagues."


"They all have children and I am 10 years older, and since specifically the series ending I have been spending most of my time outside of New York so I don't see them," she added. "The common ground that we had was the series, and the series is over."

You can read the full interview with Casey Bloys right here.

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