'Sex And The City' feud: A timeline of tension between Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker

Amy Johnson
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Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis And Kim Cattrall Arrive At The Uk Film Premiere Of 'Sex And The City 2' At Odeon Leicester Square On May 27, 2010 In London, England. . (Photo by Antony Jones/UK Press via Getty Images)
Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis and Kim Cattrall at the premiere of Sex And The City 2 in London in 2010. (Getty Images)

Sex And The City fans rejoiced at the news the series will be returning, however, it was a bittersweet announcement because Kim Cattrall will not be part of the new limited series.

The revival, And Just Like That, will see the return of Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis but Cattrall has declined to participate in a move that comes after long-running tension between herself and Parker.

Over the years, Parker and Cattrall have made comments about one another in the press hinting at the discord between them, with Cattrall insisting their on-screen friendship did not translate into real life.

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She’s also been insistent for a number of years now that she would not return to make another movie.

Here's how it has all played out over the years.

December 2004

Sarah Jessica Parker (Li) Und Kim Cattrall Bei Der "Sex And The City" Premiere Im Cinestar Am Potsdamer Platz In Berlin Am 150508 . (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images)
Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall at the Sex And The City premiere in Berlin. (Getty Images)

In the year 2004, Sex And The City came to an end after six seasons. Soon afterwards, rumours arose of salary negotiations being behind the delay to the first movie.

There had already been the suggestion of tensions over money as Parker’s pay was boosted by a producer credit on the series.

At the Emmys that year, Parker sat with co-stars Nixon and Davis while Cattrall was seated away from them.

In an appearance on Jonathan Ross’ show in December, Cattrall hinted about the financial fracas stemming from Parker’s bigger pay packet as she said: "I felt after six years it was time for all of us to participate in the financial windfall of Sex And The City.

"When they didn’t seem keen on that I thought it was time to move on."

May 2008

In the year the show's first film was released, a report in the Telegraph tackled rumours friction had arose between Cattrall and Parker over money.

Cattrall addressed sitting separately to her co-stars at the Emmys as she told the paper: “Are we the best of friends? No. We’re professional actresses. We have our own separate lives."

Actress Kim Cattrall attends the photo call during Rome Fiction Festival. (Photo by Alessandra Benedetti/Corbis via Getty Images)
Actress Kim Cattrall at the Rome Fiction Festival. (Corbis via Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Parker spoke on the financial aspect but appeared to come to Cattrall's defence.

"People made a decision that we had vilified her. No one bothered to say [to the rest of us], 'Are you disappointed by not making the movie?' Yes. ‘Do you respect and support her choice to not do it?’ Absolutely," she said.

November 2009

Ahead of the release of the second Sex And The City movie, Parker vented her frustration at rumours she and Cattrall were often at odds.

Speaking to Elle, she said: "I don’t think anybody wants to believe that I love Kim. I adore her. I wouldn’t have done the movie without her. Didn’t and wouldn’t.”

January 2010

Cattrall appeared to back what Parker was saying a few months later when she decried the spat rumours as sexist.

“I think Sarah was right: people don’t want to believe that we get on,” Cattrall said to the Daily Mail. “They have too much invested in the idea of two strong, successful women fighting with each other.

"It makes for juicy gossip and copy. The truth of us being friends and getting along and happily doing our jobs together is nowhere near as newsworthy.”

September 2017

Amid confirmation there would be no third Sex And The City movie, Parker told Extra she was “disappointed” it wouldn't be made.

Meanwhile, Charlotte York actor Davis also expressed her "frustration" at not going back for another one.

October 2017

Kristin Davis, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall and Cynthia Nixon during break from filming of their television series Sex and the City.  (Photo by Dave Allocca/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)
Kristin Davis, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall and Cynthia Nixon (DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images)

Cattrall appeared opposite Piers Morgan in 2017, seven years after the release of the second film, for a candid chat about her life and career on Life Stories where she claimed she and Parker had never had a friendship.

"We’ve never been friends. We’ve been colleagues and in some ways it’s a very healthy place to be because then you have a clear line between your professional life and relationship and your personal."

She claimed her decision not to do another film wasn't down to demands for more money on screen time, but that it was "an empowered decision in my life to end one chapter and start another".

Cattrall also took issue with her being portrayed as a "diva" in the press.

"This is really where I take to task the people from Sex And The City and specifically Sarah Jessica Parker, is that I think she could have been nicer. I really think she could have been nicer. I don’t know what her issue is," she added.

January 2018

Parker once again addressed her disappointment at not being able to make a third film early in 2018 while on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

She joked that the host would be a good replacement, which Cattrall backed on Twitter.

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February 2018

During an interview on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Parker addressed the comments Cattrall made months earlier.

"I mean that whole week, you and I spoke about it … I found it really upsetting because that’s, you know, that’s not the way I recall our experience," Parker said.

"So… it’s sad… I always think that what ties us together is this singular experience is the thing. It was a professional experience but it became personal because it was years and years of our lives.

Actress Sarah Jessica Parker attends the New York City Ballet 2010 fall gala at the David H. Koch Theater, Lincoln Center on October 7, 2010 in New York City.
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"So I’m hoping that that sort of eclipses anything that’s been recently spoken. That many years spent doing something so special that people had a connection with is such a privilege."

They had a very public exchange on social media soon after when Cattrall's brother Chris died and Parker sent her condolences, with People reporting that she wrote a supportive comment on the post at the time.

Cattrall hit back in a post to Instagram, in which she described the Carrie Bradshaw star as "cruel".

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“You are not my family. You are not my friend. Your continuous reaching out is a painful reminder of how cruel you really were then and now.

“So I’m writing to tell you one last time to stop exploiting our tragedy in order to restore your ‘nice girl’ persona,” she wrote.

April 2018

Parker reiterated there was "no catfight" between her and Cattrall in an interview with Vulture.

“There is no catfight, there never has been a catfight. I’ve never fought with someone publicly in my life, nor would I,” she said.

“And I spent time with all of the women on the set. People need to recall that it wasn’t just two women on the set fighting because that just never happened.

Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker during Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker On Location For Sex And The City at Saks Fifth Ave in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker on location for Sex And The City. (WireImage)

August 2019

The following year, Cattrall said he had felt bullied over not wanting to be part of a third film.

In an interview with the Guardian, she shared: "I went past the finish line playing Samantha Jones because I loved Sex and the City. It was a blessing in so many ways but after the second movie I’d had enough.

"I couldn’t understand why they wouldn’t just replace me with another actress instead of wasting time bullying. No means no."

January 2021

The revival of the much-loved series – which is being executive produced by Parker, Davis and Nixon – was announced in January 2021.

Fans pondered the absence of Cattrall and her character Samantha Jones, prompting one to comment "they dislike each other" on Parker's Instagram post.

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However, Parker herself commented back to dispute the claim, saying: "No, I don't dislike her. I've never said that. Never would. Samantha isn’t part of this story. But she will always be part of us."

Cattrall has remained almost silent on the matter so far, with her only public addressing of the matter coming when she liked a tweet from a fan.

The message read: "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 great example of putting yourself first. Well done @KimCattrall."

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