'Sex and the City' Writer Weighs in on Kim Cattrall Opting Out of New Series

Sex and the City writer Candace Bushnell has weighed in on Kim Cattrall's decision not to be a part of the upcoming spin-off series, And Just Like That...

Fans of the hit franchise have long had to grapple with the fact that Cattrall will not be reprising her role as sex-positive publicist Samantha Jones, after candidly speaking out about her tattered relationship with co-star Sarah Jessica Parker.

Cattrall had previously announced her decision not to appear in a third Sex and the City film, pushing speculation into overdrive about her falling out with Parker.

And during an appearance on Piers Morgan's Life Stories back in 2017, Cattrall said that Parker "could have been nicer" about her decision to opt-out of the film, while adding that she and leading co-stars Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon—were "never friends."

In 2018, Cattrall hit out at Parker, posting in an Instagram message that she didn't want the screen star contacting her over her brother Chris Cattrall's death.

After Parker posted her condolences to Kim Cattrall on Instagram, the mourning star shared a text posted entitled: "I don't need your love or support at this tragic time @sarahjessicaparker."

"Sex and the City" star Kim Cattrall
Kim Cattrall hosts the BAFTA Breakthrough Brits lunch at The Langham Hotel on May 31, 2017 in London, England. The actress will not be a part of the "Sex and the City" spin-off series "And Just Like That..." Dave Benett/Getty Images

"My Mom asked me today 'When will that @sarahjessicaparker, that hypocrite, leave you alone?' Cattrall added. "Let me make this VERY clear. (If I haven't already) You are not my family. You are not my friend. So I'm writing to tell you one last time to stop exploiting our tragedy in order to restore your 'nice girl' persona."

Not backing down from her decision to sit out the Sex and the City spin-off show, production has been taking place in New York City without her.

And author Bushnell, whose book of the same name inspired the original HBO series, has revealed that she will still be tuning into the Cattrall-free show.

"I don't know anything about what the new show's going to be about," Bushnell said in an interview with the New York Post. "Of course I'm going to watch it... I hope it runs for six seasons. I get paid a little bit of money."

"Sex and the City" cast
While Kim Cattrall will not be reprising her role in the upcoming "Sex and the City" spin-off series, (L-R) Cynthia Nixon, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kristin Davis will be making a return. Jim Spellman/WireImage

"I absolutely love Kim," Bushell added. "But it seems she wants to do other things, and she doesn't feel like doing the show. Maybe she doesn't want to be that character anymore. Maybe she doesn't want to put the Spanx on!"

While Cattrall will not be in the production, a number of the stars of the series and films will be back, including Chris Noth (John James "Mr. Big" Preston), Mario Cantone (Anthony Marentino), David Eigenberg (Steve Brady), and Evan Handler (Harry Goldenblatt).

New additions to the cash include Nicole Ari Parker, Sarita Choudhury, Karen Pittman, and Sara Ramírez, who will play Che Diaz, a non-binary stand-up comedian.

Willie Garson, who played Stanford Blatch in the franchise, was seen shooting scenes for And Just Like That... over the summer. He passed away in September, following a battle with pancreatic cancer.

The original Sex and the City series spanned six seasons between 1998 and 2004 during its run on HBO. Two films followed, including 2010's Sex and the City 2, which pulled in $294 million at the box office. And Just Like That... is set to hit screens in December.

"Sex and the City" author Candace Bushnell
Candace Bushnell attends the Lincoln Center Corporate Fashion Gala honoring Leonard A. Lauder at Alice Tully Hall on November 18, 2019 in New York City. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Lincoln Center