Sarah Jessica Parker calls Kim Cattrall's comments about her and the 'Sex and the City' reboot 'very painful': 'We felt comfortable moving on without her'
Sarah Jessica Parker said the public comments Kim Cattrall has made about her are "very painful."
"There has been one person talking," Parker said. "There just isn't anyone else who's ever talked about me this way."
Parker also called on the public to stop calling their rift a "catfight."
Sarah Jessica Parker recently spoke at length about the public rift between her and former "Sex and the City" costar Kim Cattrall, calling her former costar's comments about "And Just Like That..." and her "very painful."
"There just isn't anyone else who's ever talked about me this way, so it's very painful," Parker said on The Hollywood Reporter's "Awards Chatter" podcast. (The conversation begins at the 58:20 mark.)
The New York Post reported that Parker and Cattrall's conflict dates back to the late 90s. Years later, Cattrall would tell Piers Morgan that her relationship with her costars, which also included Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon, was "toxic."
The tension began making headlines in 2017 when news broke that a third "Sex and the City" movie "fell apart" Parker said on the podcast because of Cattrall's reported demands. The "Divorce" star said it had nothing to do with their relationship, but rather Cattrall's expectations of the studio in her contract for the film.
"They didn't feel comfortable meeting where she wanted to meet, and so we didn't do the movie because we didn't want to do it without Kim," Parker said.
"Were we disappointed?" Parker said of herself and Nixon and Davis. "Sure, but it happens."
"And then there were just a lot of public conversations about how she felt about the show," Parker continued, noting that her, Nixon's, and Davis's experience on the show did not mirror what Cattrall was saying publicly.
Although Cattrall has been speaking ill pubicly about the 'SATC' reboot, Samantha lives on
These comments, Parker said, are a big part of the reason Cattrall was not included in the show's reboot on HBO Max, "And Just Like That..."
"That's not 'slamming' her, it's just learning," she continued. "You've got to listen to somebody, and if they're publicly talking about something and it doesn't suggest it's someplace they want to be, or a person they want to play, or an environment in which they want to be, you get to an age where you're like, 'Well, we hear that.'"
Despite her absence from the new series, showrunner Michael Patrick King was able to include Cattrall's character, Samantha, in the plot through text messages and memories because, Parker said, "we have such affection for Samantha."
"But we felt comfortable moving on without her and without that part because we knew what Michael wanted to do," Parker admitted. "And we thought he handled it beautifully."
Parker concluded the interview by calling on the public to stop calling the tense relationship with Cattrall a "catfight."
"I've never uttered fighting words in my life about anybody that I've worked with ever," Parker said on the podcast. "There has been one person talking. And I'm not going to tell her not to, or anybody, so that's been kind of painful for me also."
Still, Cattrall has made the rift personal. In February 2018 after her brother's death that same month, (which she later confirmed was by suicide) the "How I Met Your Father" star publicly rejected Parker's condolences on Instagram.
She posted an image that read, "I don't need your love or support at this tragic time @sarahjessicaparker." In the caption of the image, she referred to Parker as "cruel" and a "hypocrite."
Insider reached out to a rep for Cattrall but didn't immediately hear back.
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