Kim Cattrall makes ‘Sex and the City’ reboot cameo without seeing or speaking to Sarah Jessica Parker: How we got here.

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 21:  Actresses Kristin Davis, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kim Cattrall on the set of

Yes, Kim Cattrall will be making a cameo in the Sex and the City reboot And Just Like That… No, she didn’t share the screen with Sarah Jessica Parker — or Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon for that matter. (Photo: James Devaney/WireImage)

Plot twist! Kim Cattrall is reprising her role of Samantha Jones in the Sex and the City spinoff, And Just Like That…, it was reported Wednesday by Variety.

While details remain scarce about the casting bombshell, we do know that it won’t be a hug-it-out reunion between the famed foursome. According to the outlet, Cattrall, who shot her dialogue March 22 in New York City, did so “without seeing or speaking with” the series stars, including Sarah Jessica Parker, or even showrunner Michael Patrick King. That’s not surprising in light of her long-running feud with Parker and others involved with the franchise.

Cattrall confirmed the news on Thursday on social media.

The cameo will be part of the HBO show’s Season 2 finale. Samantha, who moved to London, will be seen having a phone conversation with SJP’s Carrie. In Season 1, it was explained that the pals had a falling out when Carrie fired Samantha as her publicist, a plot created in the wake of Cattrall declaring herself “done” with the franchise and saying she had a “toxic relationship” with Parker. As the season progressed, Carrie texted with an off-screen Samantha, teeing up a possible reconciliation — though that sounds like a very far off outcome due to the stars’ real-life history.

(Photo: HBO)

Samantha will appear on And Just Like That… for the first time — from afar. (Photo: HBO)

The cameo also brings back another key member of the original franchise. Sex and the City costume designer Patricia Field, who has not been working on And Just Like That…, styled Samantha for the scene. She’s been #TeamKim amid the long-running beef, and consulted on Cattrall’s new show, Glamorous.

#TeamKim, #TeamSJP — it’s been a messy decade for the famed fictional friend group from NYC, who wooed viewers with their candid conversations about love, sex and friendship, over cosmos and in Manolos, beginning 25 years ago. We take a look back at how things went from friendly to feuding — up through this surprise development…

June 6, 1998: Sex and the City debuts. The ground-breaking series, an adaptation of Candace Bushnell’s newspaper column and book, about the friendship between the strong women — Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda — becomes a huge hit for HBO, and part of the cultural lexicon. Parker has the starring role and executive produces the series, but the three other actresses gain major star power.

Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon and  Kristin Davis (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)

Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis. (Photo: Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)

There are Emmys — and SATC tours and gawkers outside Carrie’s brownstone to this day. However, with a show centered around four women, along with it comes a tabloid narrative of feuding between the stars.

February 22, 2004: The show ends its six-season run with many bedmates and bonding moments for the ladies along the way.

UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 02:  Cynthia Nixon, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis and Kim Cattrall (l. to r.) walk along Greene St. during filming of a scene for the last episode of

Cynthia Nixon, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis and Kim Cattrall walk along Greene St. in NYC during filming of a scene for the last episode of Sex and the City. (Photo: Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

Early chatter about a feature film gets killed by Cattrall’s publicist, who says, “She would have loved to have done the movie and she made a deal to do the movie. But she waited as long as possible with no script or start date and felt she had to take other offers that were presented to her after the hold period had passed.”

Cattrall sits apart from the others at the Emmy Awards.

Cattrall addresses rumors that pay parity was behind the series ending and the movie being killed. “I felt after six years, it was time for all of us to participate in the financial windfall of Sex and the City,” she says on Friday Night With Jonathan Ross. “When they didn’t seem keen on that, I thought it was time to move on.” However, she left the door open: “If the deal was right and the script was fabulous, absolutely I would.”

2007: After years of on and off talks about a feature film, it is greenlit and starts shooting.

Parker says, “We’ve had ridiculous obstacles. It’s been very upsetting at times — we’ve gotten so close and then fallen apart. But there’s something about the experience that makes it much sweeter to … arrive on the set and just be doing it. We wanted it so much.”

Cattrall is blamed for holding up the production over financial negotiations. She later tells the Advocate she wasn’t jealous of Parker’s higher salary: “I never expected to be paid what Sarah was being paid. Sarah’s a producer. But I felt that the offer was not worthy of what the three of us had contributed, and I spoke up about it.”

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 30:  Actress Cynthia Nixon, Actress Sarah Jessica Parker, Actress Kim Cattrall and Actress Kristin Davis on the set of

Cynthia Nixon, Actress Sarah Jessica Parker, Actress Kim Cattrall and Actress Kristin Davis on the set of Sex and the City: The Movie on October 30, 2007 in New York City. (Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

2008: Sex and the City the movie comes out and is a big hit.

While promoting the film, the women talk about the feud rumors. Cattrall, with her trademark candor, says, “It’s no use saying the four of us are best friends — because we’re not… But it felt like no time had passed when we met up again.” She adds that a “hard negotiation” played out but it was lucrative, saying, “it had to be enough to get us all together again.” Parker tells the same outlet, “Why would you think that things were tense between Kim and me? People keep asking why we didn’t make this movie four years ago and the answer is quite simple — it just didn’t feel right for Kim to do it then. It was disappointing but we all had to respect the choice she made. We certainly didn’t want to make it with another actress, because we’re like family now… I wanted Kim to be there, and to be happy to be there… Would I, as a producer of the movie, have made it without her? No.'”

LONDON - MAY 12:  Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker arrives at the World Premiere of Sex And The City held at the Odeon Leicester Square on May 12, 2008 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)

Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon, Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker arrive at the world premiere of Sex and the City: The Movie held at the Odeon Leicester Square on May 12, 2008 in London, England. (Photo: Mike Marsland/WireImage)

A second film is confirmed. Parker later says she and King envision three films total: “Michael Patrick and I long ago talked about the movie and how we’d break it up into three acts. So the first movie being the first act, the second being the second act, and that … there is a third story.”

2009: Sex and the City 2 is in production. Things look cordial on the set with Parker and Cattrall photographed sharing a hug.

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08:  Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall filming  on location for

Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall filming on location for Sex and the City 2 on the streets of Manhattan on September 8, 2009 in New York City. (Photo: James Devaney/WireImage)

Months later, Cattrall supports Parker at her premiere for Did You Hear About The Morgans?

Parker tells Elle, “I don’t think anybody wants to believe that I love Kim. I adore her. I wouldn’t have done the movie without her.”

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 14:  Actors Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker attend the premiere of

Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker attend the premiere of Did You Hear About the Morgans? after-party at the Oak Room on December 14, 2009 in New York City. (Photo: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

2010: Cattrall agrees with Parker’s take, saying, “I think Sarah was right: People don’t want to believe that we get on. 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. I think Sarah is fantastic. She is a born leader and she guides the crew and the cast in such a strong but gentle way. She and I are sick of this. It’s exhausting talking about it, and a real bore. Next?”

Parker tells Marie Claire, “When you’re on set, you’re working 90-hour weeks, you’re never home, you’re exhausted. There are times when all of us have been sensitive, and sometimes feelings get hurt. But I don’t have any regrets about how I’ve treated people.” Cattrall adds, “The chemistry among the four of us is very strong.”

Sex and the City 2 is released and it doesn’t get as good of a reception.

Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristen Davis, Kim Cattrall and Cynthia Nixon attend the premiere of

Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristen Davis, Kim Cattrall and Cynthia Nixon attend the premiere of Sex and the City 2 at Odeon, Leicester Square. (Photo: Rune Hellestad/Corbis via Getty Images)

Chris Noth, who played Big (pre-misconduct allegations), says, “The franchise is dead. The press killed it,” due to the bad reviews. He later adds, “I thought a lot of the reviews were actually personal, derogatory and in bad taste. It was only a movie for godsakes! … They made like we had killed somebody’s mother making that movie. I don’t think there will be another one.” Parker remains optimistic, “You never know… It’s less about the reviewers than it is about the audience, and they’ve been pretty true.”

2011: Nonetheless, a Sex and the City 3 doesn’t materialize.

Cattrall say it’s “doubtful” there will be a third film. She also expresses disappointment over pay, saying, “Originally I was asked to do the [first] movie with no script, no start date, and a very paltry sum. I thought the three of us should fight for a piece of what we created and that was my reluctance. The four of us were not set for life. We were on cable TV and we were not making nearly what our counterparts in television were making. I thought we were working damn hard and it was the time to negotiate that.”

Parker says, “I don’t know of a movie in the imminent, or near, or even distant future. Honestly, I’m not being cagey. There is no discussion currently of a Sex and the City 3. Do I hold it out in my future in some way as a possibility? Of course.”

2016: For several more years, it’s just dizzying headlines about the potential for a third film, with all members of the cast weighing in. Cattrall often speaks to why it may and may not happen.

Parker posts an online birthday tribute to Cattrall and defends their relationship to Time, saying, “It was always so heartbreaking to me that there was this narrative about Kim and myself because it just didn’t reflect anything that happened on that set. They just didn’t do it to the Sopranos guys. It was so strange to me and upsetting. I posted something on Kim’s birthday and people were like, ‘Oh my god, I didn’t know you liked her!’ What? We were all at liberty to walk away at any time! But nobody asked those questions of shows with men. Isn’t that interesting?”

She talks about the narrative of “this ongoing catfight” in an interview with Howard Stern, saying, “It really used to upset me. It was usually about bad behavior on the set and I take very seriously my reputation… To suggest that I’m behaving poorly or not treating somebody well… It would drive me bananas.”

2017: Parker drops the bomb that the third film officially isn’t happening, telling Extra, “It’s over. We’re not doing it. I’m disappointed. We had this beautiful, funny, heartbreaking, joyful, very relatable script and story. It’s not just disappointing that we don’t get to tell the story and have that experience, but more so for that audience that has been so vocal in wanting another movie.”

Right after, a Daily Mail story claims Cattrall’s “diva demands” derailed the project. Cattrall tweeted that “the “only ‘demand’ I ever made was that I didn’t want to do a 3rd film….&that was back in 2016.” Many other castmates express their disappointment in the film falling apart, seemingly siding with Parker.

Another article, via the New York Post, is about the “Mean Girls” culture cultivated by Parker on the set.

Cattrall tells Piers Morgan, “It’s quite extraordinary to get any kind of negative press about something that I’ve been saying for almost a year of ‘no’ — that I’m demanding or a diva. And this is really where I take to task the people from Sex and the City — and specifically Sarah Jessica Parker — in that I think she could have been nicer… I don’t know what her issue is; I never have.” She goes on to say they had a “toxic relationship,” adding, “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 calls her decision not to appear in the third film a “clear” and “empowered” one. I played it past the finish line and then some, and I loved it.”

2018: Parker says she was “heartbroken” by Cattrall’s comments. “I… found it very upsetting, because that’s not the way I recall our experience.”

Cattrall’s brother dies and Parker is among the SATC stars expressing condolences on social media.

Cattrall slams Parker for the public reach out, writing, “Your continuous reaching out is a painful reminder of how cruel you really were then and now. 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.” She added a link to the “Mean Girls” story.

2021: The SATC reboot And Just Like That... is announced and it is noted that Cattrall will not be joining the three other women.

The show premieres in December. It’s explained that Samantha and Carrie had a falling out and the PR exec moved to London.

2022: King is asked if Cattrall would ever appear on the reboot and tells Variety, “No. Just like there was no thought that Kim would ever participate in And Just Like That… because she’s said what she had said…You have to look at the reality of something: You can literally not make an actress play a part.”

Parker says they didn’t approach Cattrall — and she wouldn’t be OK with her being in on this show at this point, telling Variety, “I don’t think I would, because I think there’s just too much public history of feelings on her part that she’s shared. I haven’t participated in or read articles, although people are inclined to let me know.”

Cattrall confirms to Variety she “was never asked to be part of the reboot.” As for a future appearance it “would never happen. She calls it a definite “no,” adding, “It’s powerful to say no.” She also makes clear, “I haven’t deserted anybody. Can you imagine going back to a job you did 25 years ago? And the job didn’t get easier; it got more complicated in the sense of how are you going to progress with these characters? Everything has to grow, or it dies.” She said after the second movie, she knew, “I’m done.”

Cattrall gives a speech at Variety’s Power of Women event on the power of saying “no.”

Parker says on the Hollywood Reporter‘s Awards Chatter podcast that the catfight narrative is “painful,” explaining, I’ve never uttered fighting words in my life about anybody that I’ve worked with ever. There is not a ‘fight’ going on… There has been no public dispute or spat or conversations or allegations made by me or anybody on my behalf. I wouldn’t do it. That is not the way I would have it. So I just wish that they would stop calling this a ‘catfight’ or an ‘argument’ … There has been one person talking. And I’m not going to tell her not to … so that’s been kind of painful for me also.”

2023: Cattrall secretly shoots her cameo in March.

Ahead of the Season 2 premiere of AJLT, in May, the surprise news breaks that Cattrall will appear in the final episode. It’s also clear that it wasn’t a teary reunion. Cattrall didn’t work or speak with Parker, Nixon or Davis. The showrunner, King, wasn’t there for her shooting.

The next day, on June 1, Cattrall confirms the news, tying her announcement to Pride month.

The same day, the trailer for the series drops, promising an action-packed season. However, Cattrall is not included in the trailer.

We expect many more chapters to this saga — 25 years in the making — to come as the stars do press for the season and other projects. Stay tuned.

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