Sex and the City: And Just Like That boss explains real reason for Samantha absence

Sarah Jessica Parker attends premiere of 'And Just Like That'

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After its bittersweet finale in 2004, the highly acclaimed Sex and the City made its highly-anticipated and hyped return to screen on HBO. Fans also gained an insight into why Kim Cattrall didn’t reprise her role as the beloved Samantha Jones.

On Thursday the iconic ladies of Sex and the City finally made their huge comeback to screen after 17 years.

However, the iconic quartet best friends returned as a trio – with Samantha’s noticeable absence from the episode.

Thankfully, minds were eased as the premiere revealed the PR guru had relocated to London and stopped returning their calls.

The showrunner Michael Patrick King spoke to TVLine and opened up about his decision to scrap Samantha from the reboot.

When asked whether he considered killing off the character, Micheal revealed: “I had no interest in killing Samantha – I thought that would be unnecessary.

“Friendships fall apart, when I came up with the idea that friendships fall apart, that’s part of life, we always try to reflect life, and we talked about it in the writers’ room.

“I think a lot of people have relationships that they’re surprised didn’t go the distance and every time that happens.

“We noted in the writers’ room, it was usually when you tried to cross personal and professional, and that’s what happened here, story-wise.

“So you said the ‘loss’ of Samantha Jones… she’s in London. She seems to be living a pretty lovely life,” Michael stated.

After Sex and the City ended, the showrunners had hoped the ladies would reunite just as they did for the movies which aired in 2008 and 2010.

Sadly for fans, before the reboot was confirmed Samatha star, Kim Cattrall had squashed any hopes of her reprising the character.

When asked if she would even play Samantha again, the actress responded: “It’s a no from me,” which was unsurprisingly a huge blow for fans.

During her 2019 interview with Mail Online, Kim continued: “You learn lessons in life and my lesson is to do work with good people and try and make it fun.”

While the women appeared to be getting along and often having fun on-screen, multiple reports of a feud were leaked.

Rumours suggested tensions first rose over discussions about salary negotiations – which led plans for a third movie to fall apart.

While Carrie Bradshaw star Sarah Jessica Parker told fans: “It’s over. We’re not doing it, I’m disappointed,” Kim later told Piers Morgan the relationship with her co-stars were “toxic.”

After the reason for Samantha’s absence was explained, fans flocked to social media to share their support for the character.

Kim took to social media to share a subtle dig at the show by liking a post from a viewer, which read: “Kim Cattrall didn’t return to SATC because her scatting career is finally taking off.”

The actress also liked another fan post which suggested the show was boring without her character as the comic relief.

“And just like that… I find myself only wanting to watch anything @KimCattrall is in. This is a Kim appreciation tweet, “ wrote Jenny.

And Just Like That… was released by HBO Max in the US and is available to watch in the UK on Sky Comedy, as well as on NOW with an Entertainment Membership.

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