What Did Kim Cattrall Think of Samantha Being Shaded on 'And Just Like That?'

Sunday December 12, 2021

One of the unanswered questions raised by the premiere of "And Just Like That" is what did Kim Cattrall think of the explanation given by Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) when asked where was the Fourth Musketeer? That's Samantha Jones, the swaggering, sexually charged cougar played to perfection by Cattrall on "Sex and the City" and its two films. Cattrall has famously refused to participate in the follow-up series, which now picks up the lives of three of its protagonists — Carrie, Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) and Charlotte (Kristen Davis) after a 11-year absence. (The second film was released in 2010. The series ran on HBO from 1998-2004.)

On the new series first episode, "Hello, It's Me," the question is answered at a social event when socialite Bitsy Von Muffling (the hilarious Julie Halston) asks the whereabouts of Samantha at a social event the women have attended. 

"Um, she's no longer with us," Charlotte responds. 

"When Bitsy appears to assume that Samantha died, Miranda quickly clarifies that Samantha moved to London for her public relations work.'Um, she's no longer with us,' Charlotte responds. When Bitsy appears to assume that Samantha died, Miranda quickly clarifies that Samantha moved to London for her public relations work."

Later, Carrie elaborates with Miranda on an apparent rift with Charlotte, which made the scene a meta-moment, shading the real-life conflict between Cattrall and Parker.

"While the longstanding feud between Kim and Sarah is no secret in the entertainment world," reports the website Hollywood Life. "'And Just Like That...' marked the first time show boss Michael Patrick King took it on-screen between former besties Carrie and Samantha: it turns out the characters are no longer friends."

"Miranda remarked that it was like Samantha had died since the women never talk about her anymore," writes the Daily Mail. "Carrie then explains that Samantha stopped talking to her after she fired her as her publicist. 'I thought I was more to her than an ATM,' Carrie said, later adding 'I always thought the four of us would be friends forever," she says."

Cattrall has been adamant in refusing to return to the series, but, according to an earlier Daily Mail story, the door is being left open for her return, according to a show insider. "The insider revealed that at the end of the season Carrie will make a grand gesture to get Samantha back. 

'Carrie is the one who has the tough time without Samantha and by the end of And Just Like That, you'll see Carrie extend the olive branch and try and rekindle the friendship,' they said. 

'We have high hopes that by the time we begin filming the second season, Kim will have joined the show and Samantha Jones can make a triumphant return to the Big Apple," the source added.

"We want Kim back. She was missed on set. We all understand why she feels the way she does. We get it. We just want her to come back for future seasons."

Cattrall has yet to respond directly to how her character was addressed on the show, but she did so indirectly by liking two tweets. In one Aussie comedian Alex Jae (@alexjae1) commented: "Kim Cattrall didn't return to SATC because her scatting career is finally taking off" followed by a heart emoji.

Another tweet that got a "heart" from Cattrall came fromTV personality Jenny Dreasler (@JennyDreaslerTV) who tweeted "And just like that... I find myself only wanting to watch anything @KimCattrall is in. This is a Kim appreciation tweet."

The user later posted a screenshot of Kim's like notification, writing, 'Yasss tea and shade.' 

But whether or not that insider is correct about the show sending peace feelers to Cattrall, the show's official line was expressed by show runner Patrick Michael King to the Hollywood Reporter who said: "'And Just Like That' was never four. 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. I never thought, 'Oh, there's a hole I have to fill.' Samantha doesn't not exist in their lives," he said.

"The show was born of these three characters: What's their life, and who can I bring in to inform it? Listen, I wouldn't do this again if I wasn't excited about the idea," he added. "And even though people think this is a franchise that they're familiar with, there's something new in this version. This isn't what was; it's what's next."