Sarah Jessica Parker denies Kim Cattrall ‘catfight,’ defends reputation

And just like that — she’s bringing buzz of their “catfight” to a purr-fect end. 

Sarah Jessica Parker claims her alleged friction with Kim Cattrall, 65, is nothing more than a “very painful,” one-sided beef that’s been singlehandedly cooked up by her ex-“Sex and the City” co-star. 

“It’s very hard to talk about the situation with Kim,” Parker, 57, explained on the Hollywood Reporter’s “Awards Chatter” podcast Wednesday.

“It’s so painful for people to keep talking about this ‘catfight’ — a ‘fight,’ a ‘fight,’ a ‘fight.’ I’ve never uttered fighting words in my life about anybody that I’ve worked with — ever,” the “And Just Like That” icon added.

“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 … There has been one person talking,” she continued.

“There is not a ‘fight’ going on,” Sarah Jessica Parker said.

Parker then unearthed what she said was the root of the rumored contentions between her and Cattrall, pointing to the collapse of what would have been the third feature film adaptation of “SATC” in 2017. 

“[Warner Bros.] didn’t feel comfortable meeting where she wanted to meet, and so we didn’t do the movie because we didn’t want to do it without Kim,” Parker explained, adding that “it fell apart.”

However, that seemingly contradicts Cattrall’s assertion — in a Variety interview earlier this year — that Cattrall already felt she was “done” with the franchise after the second movie.

She also suggested that Cattrall’s alleged contractual demands derailed production.  

At the time, reports surfaced claiming that Cattrall refused to participate in the threequel unless Warner Bros. Studio agreed to greenlight an unrelated movie project that she had in development. 

Cattrall immediately denied giving the studio an ultimatum, tweeting in September 2017: “Woke 2 a @MailOnline [poop emoji] storm! The only ‘DEMAND’ I ever made was that I didn’t want to do a 3rd film….& that was back in 2016.”

Parker claims she and the SATC cast was surprised that Cattrall bashed them in the media.
Parker claimed she and the “SATC” cast were surprised that Cattrall bashed them in the media.
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The nexus of the movie’s crash notwithstanding, Parker said she and fellow leading ladies Kristin Davis, 57, and Cynthia Nixon, 56, took the blow in stride. 

“Were we disappointed?” she asked on “Award’s Chatter,” then answered: “Sure. But it happens.”

However, despite the cast’s willingness to shrug off the failed trilogy, Parker said Cattrall openly bashed her and their co-stars following the movie mayhem. 

“There were just a lot of public conversations about how she felt about the show,” Parker said, noting Cattrall’s shady assertion that they were “never friends” during an October 2017 interview with Piers Morgan. 

Parker, too, addressed her ex-castmate’s claim that she should have been “nicer” during their “SATC” days. 

“I’ve spent a lot of years working really hard to always be decent to everybody on the set, to take care of people, to be responsible to and for people, both my employers and the people that I feel I’m responsible for as a producer of the show,” insisted Parker. “And there just isn’t anyone else who’s ever talked about me this way.”

Parker says Cattrall's behavior has been "very painful" because she's worked hard to maintain a good reputation in the entertainment industry.
Parker said Cattrall’s behavior has been “very painful” because she’s worked hard to maintain a good reputation in the entertainment industry.
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And as for why Cattrall was left out of the 2021 “SATC” reboot “And Just Like That,” Parker said: “We did not ask her to be part of this because she made it clear that that wasn’t something she wanted to pursue, and it no longer felt comfortable for us, and so it didn’t occur to us.”

In 2017, during her interview with Morgan, Cattrall explained her decision to exit the franchise. 

“Not for me,” she said when asked if there would be more adaptations of the award-winning series. “That was part of turning 60. That was a very clear moment of, ‘How many years do I have left and what do I want to do with it? What haven’t I done?’ I feel that the show was the best when it was the series and the bonus was the two movies.”

Parker says the cast was happy to move forward with the SATC reboot without Cattrall.
Parker suggested that the cast was happy to move forward with the “SATC” reboot without Cattrall.
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And, for that, Parker said excluding Cattrall from the reboot wasn’t a dig, but rather an acknowledgment of her wishes

“That’s not ‘slamming’ her, it’s just learning,” said Parker on the podcast. “You’ve got to listen to somebody, and if they’re publicly talking about something and it doesn’t suggest it’s someplace they want to be, or a person they want to play, or an environment in which they want to be, you get to an age where you’re like, ‘Well, we hear that.’”

Parker also praised “AJLT” showrunner Michael Patrick King for giving Cattrall’s character, Samantha, a smooth send-off. 

“We felt comfortable moving on without her and without that part because we knew what Michael wanted to do,” she said. 

On “AJLT,” Cattrall’s absence is attributed to a falling out between her and Parker’s character, Carrie. 

“And we thought he handled it beautifully,” Parker raved. 

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