A TV reboot for Sex and the City has been confirmed without Samantha Jones but why is actress Kim Cattrall not returning in her much-loved role?

A new instalment in the Sex and the City franchise has been rumoured for years.

Talk of a third film was replaced by reports that Sex and the City would be returning to its small-screen roots and on January 10th, 2021, those reports were confirmed.

However, while it was revealed that Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon would be reprising their roles, Kim Cattrall would not be joining them.

But just why is Kim Cattrall not returning for the Sex and the City reboot?

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Sex and the City reboot

On January 10th, 2021, it was confirmed that the Sex and the City franchise would be rebooted in the form of a 10-episode limited series.

The new show, which is titled And Just Like That…, will be coming to the HBO Max streaming service and comes after six seasons of the original HBO TV series as well as two feature films.

Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis will all be returning to their original roles while Kim Cattrall will not be reprising her role as PR woman Samantha Jones.

Why is Kim Cattrall not returning?

  • The reason behind Kim Cattrall’s absence from the Sex and the City reboot has not been officially confirmed.

However, according to W Magazine, when the now-cancelled Sex and the City 3 was being touted, Kim Cattrall reportedly declined to appear in the film over her character’s storyline which would have seen Samantha Jones receive sexting and nude pictures from Miranda’s teenage son.

The actress, now 64, has also reportedly been engaged in a long-running feud with co-star Sarah Jessica Parker which dates back as far as 2004 according to Elle.

Speaking to the Women’s Prize for Fiction podcast in December 2020, Kim Cattrall said that her time on the show “was a lot of fun and I loved it.”

“I’m lucky enough to have choice, not that I haven’t worked for it, but I have it,” Cattrall continued. “It’s something I feel very lucky to have and I’m very protective of it. I wouldn’t be any good doing something that I really didn’t want to do.”

It’s unclear at the time of writing whether Kim’s character, Samantha Jones, will be written out of the TV reboot or if she’ll be recast.

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Fans react to Kim Cattrall absense from Sex and the City reboot

It’s safe to say that Sex and the City fans are disappointed that Kim Cattrall will not be returning as Samantha Jones with many taking to social media to express their thoughts.

One fan on Twitter wrote: “I enjoyed the original series, but you can’t have Sex and the City without Kim Cattrall as Samantha Jones.”

While another added: “Dunno how I feel about sex and the city revival with Kim Cattrall.”

And finally, this fan had a great idea on how Kim Cattrall’s character, Samantha Jones, should return:

Sex and the City reboot And Just Like That… has been confirmed on HBO Max for a 10-episode limited series.

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