After HBO recently confirmed a Sex and the City reboot without Kim Cattrall who played the infamous Samantha on the show via Page Six, the viewers were eager to know the answer for ‘why’. And now thay have got this oppurtunity to know more about it from the horse’s mouth. Yes, the great, enchanting woman of the show ‘Sex and the City’, Kim Cattrall herself has come up with the true reason behind her quitting the show. Here’s why.
As the potential rumors about ‘Sex and the City’ reboot got bubbling up, the first the thing the viewers checked out was whether their favorite actor Kim Cattrall was continuing in the show. Once this doubt was cleared by HBO, announcing the absence of Kim, scores of people were checking out for more reasons from the actress herself.
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Back in 2017, when a planned third Sex and the City movie blew up, Cattrall spoke openly about her disinterest in the project and Parker. “It’s quite extraordinary to get any kind of negative press about something that I’ve been saying for almost a year of ‘no,’ that I’m demanding or a diva,” Cattrall said to Piers Morgan about tabloid speculation that her demands deep-sixed the film. “And this is really where I take to task the people from Sex and the City, and specifically Sarah Jessica Parker, in that I think she could have been nicer.”
In that same interview, Cattrall suggested her character, Samantha Jones, should perhaps be recast with a Black or Hispanic actress should further Sex and the City adventures materialize. “I played it past the finish line and then some, and I loved it. And another actress should play it,” she said.
For years, the media has been reporting on conflicts within the main cast, particularly between Kim Cattrall (Samantha) and Sarah Jessica Parker (Carrie), and it all seemed to come to a breaking point when the former refused to sign on for a third feature film continuation of the show, which killed the idea.
Of late, Cattrall, 64, appeared on the Women’s Prize for Fiction podcast this week and said her time on the show “was a lot of fun and I loved it.” She also discussed the backlash she’s received over the years for declining to do a third Sex and the City film.
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“I remember getting a lot of grief on social media for not wanting to do a film. It was astonishing some of the things people wrote to me — ‘I work in a bank and I don’t like this person and I don’t like the hours, and I don’t like this and I do it so you just do it!’” she said. “’Give me what I want. I do it. I’m miserable, you be miserable too.’”
Though she didn’t specify that she was discussing the SATC franchise, Cattrall, who currently stars on the Fox drama Filthy Rich, added that she feels “lucky” to be able to make her own decisions about the work she takes.
According to some resources, the series would see Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon reprise their original roles as Carrie Bradshaw, Charlotte York Goldenblatt and Miranda Hobbes, respectively.
Sex and the City premiered on HBO on June 6, 1998. The series, based on Candace Bushnell’s 1997 book of the same name, followed four women in New York City—Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), Kim Cattrall (Samantha Jones), Charlotte York (Kristin Davis) and Mirande Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon)—as they dated, worked, and, yes, had sex.
The series went on for six seasons before its finale in February 2004. However, the Sex and the City journey didn’t end there. Four years after its finale, the four women returned for Sex and the City the movie in 2008. The film was followed by a sequel, Sex and the City 2, in 2010.