Is This The Real Reason Kim Cattrall Isn't In The SATC Reboot?

Fans were delighted when it was confirmed that "Sex and the City" would be returning with an all-new reboot series titled "And Just Like That." The announcement was made in January 2020 when the show's stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristin Davis confirmed that they were set to reprise their roles as Carrie Bradshaw, Miranda Hobbs, and Charlotte York. However, the show's fourth star, Kim Cattrall, who played Samantha Jones, was noticeably absent (via Cheat Sheet). Longtime fans weren't surprised by the news, as there have been rumors for years of a feud between Cattrall and her "SATC" co-stars, per The Daily Beast.

Since the reboot was announced, Cattrall has stayed relatively quiet about the show moving on without Samantha. However, she did seem to let her feelings be known when she liked a tweet by an understanding fan. "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 [a] great example of putting yourself first," the tweet read.

Now, "Sex and the City" showrunner Michael Patrick King is speaking out about Samantha's absence in the new HBO Max series.

Sex and the City showrunner shares insight into Kim Cattrall's absence from the reboot

Us Weekly reports that "Sex and the City" showrunner Michael Patrick King is opening up about the original thought behind "And Just Like That." The writer confessed that the series was never meant to include Kim Cattrall's character, Samantha Jones, as the actress has made it very clear that she didn't want to reprise the character again. "'And Just Like That' was never four [characters]," King told The Hollywood Reporter on December 1. "It never was on the radar as four because Kim Cattrall, for whatever reason, didn't want to play Samantha anymore while we were doing the [third] movie," he added.

Meanwhile, King also reveals that "SATC" fans who will watch the reboot expecting to see the same vibe and storylines will be surprised, as the new series will offer something new for viewers as Carrie, Miranda, and Charlotte tackle the next chapters of their lives. Of course, fans are dying to know if Samantha's absence will be addressed in the series, but it seems that we'll have to wait until the show premieres on HBO Max on December 9 to find out.