A Timeline of Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker's Rumored Feud

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Jun. 2 2023, Updated 1:10 p.m. ET

Actors 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.
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Fans were shocked to hear in 2021 that Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall would not be appearing in the show's reboot And Just Like That. While there had been talk of an ongoing years-long feud between Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim in the past, not everyone believed it to be true.

But Kim's absence spoke volumes. So, what went down between the ladies? Here's a timeline of Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker's drama.

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Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall)  and Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker)  in 'Sex and the City.'
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Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker's drama began in the early days of 'Sex and the City.'

There were rumors early on in the series that Sarah and Kim didn't get along due to salary issues and that Sarah had been made an executive producer in Season 2 of Sex and the City, granting her a higher salary than her co-stars. While both Kim and Sarah denied this was the case, it began an onslaught of rumors about the dynamic between the women that have never really calmed down.

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At the 2004 Emmys, Kim Cattrall wasn't seated with her co-stars.

Things didn't get any easier when Kim wasn't seated with her co-stars at the 2004 Emmys following the show's final season. Immediately, tabloids assumed that all the rumors about on-set drama were true. According to The Telegraph, Kim said, "Are we the best of friends? No. We're professional actresses. We have our own separate lives."

Actresses Sarah Jessica Parker (L) and Kim Catrall arrive at the German premiere of 'Sex And The City' at the cinestar on May 15, 2008 in Berlin, Germany.
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Rumors swirled in 2008 about salary disputes for the movie among some 'Sex and the City' cast members.

When production was underway for the first Sex and the City movie, there were rumors that it had initially been delayed due to Kim holding out for more money. While that hasn't necessarily been confirmed, in the past, Sarah spoke out in favor of her co-stars seeking fair compensation and former HBO CEO Chris Albrecht told Marie Claire that Sarah's co-stars "wanted to keep up" with her as far as their film salaries went.

There were reports on the set of the first 'Sex and the City' movie that the women didn't get along.

Despite the rumors surrounding Sarah and Kim's allegedly non-existent friendship on the set of the series, the movie continued. And, as to be expected, there were rumors about the women making the set of the first Sex and the City movie tense and uncomfortable. Whether those rumors were just meant as a way to garner more press for the movie or interest in the franchise, the alleged feud seemed to continue.

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But in 2009, Sarah Jessica Parker asserted that she and Kim Cattrall were good friends.

The issue with Kim and Sarah's public drama was their back and forth. One minute, one of the women would say something positive about the other. And not too long after, one of them would comment about their time on the show or in one of the movies together.

However, in 2009, before the second movie premiered, Sarah told 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. Didn't and wouldn't."

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And in 2010, Kim Cattrall spoke highly of her former co-star in an interview.

The discrepancy in the actresses' feud continued in 2010 when Kim told The Daily Mail that rumors were more interesting to the public than the truth. Which was, according to her, that Sarah had been a reliable and strong co-star for years.

"The truth of us being friends and getting along and happily doing our jobs together is nowhere near as newsworthy," Kim said. "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."

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The third 'Sex and the City' movie was cancelled in 2017, allegedly due to Kim Cattrall's high demands.

In September 2017, The Daily Mail reported that the third Sex and the City movie had been shelved "due to the demands of Kim Cattrall."

A source told the outlet: "Kim had the audacity to tell Warner Bros. that she would only do this if they made other movies she had in development. Ridiculous. Who does she think she is — George Clooney?"

Kim later denied that the movie had been scrapped due to her demands.

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Kim Cattrall also once denied ever being friends with the rest of the cast, however.

Right after the news broke that the third movie had been killed off, Kim spoke to Piers Morgan on Life Stories about her relationship with Sarah and the other women on Sex and the City. She asserted that they weren't friends, but colleagues instead.

This to her meant they had a fine working relationship, but she didn't seem to feel the need to meld her working life and private life during her time on the show or in the movies.

The 2018 death of Kim Cattrall's brother brought more drama between the women.

When Kim's brother died in 2018, Sarah took to Instagram to send her condolences to her former co-star. She also spoke out about the importance of reaching out to Kim, even if they hadn't been in contact much up until that point. Kim then wrote a lengthy post on Instagram, outing Sarah for what she called her "nice girl persona."

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 Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, Kim Cattrall and Cynthia Nixon attend the UK premiere of Sex And The City 2 at Odeon Leicester Square on May 27, 2010 in London, England.
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"My Mom asked me today, 'When will that @sarahjessicaparker, that hypocrite, leave you alone?' Your continuous reaching out is a painful reminder of how cruel you really were then and now," Kim wrote. "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."

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However, amid news of the 'Sex and the City' revival, Sarah Jessica Parker still publicly stood by Kim Cattrall.

When the news broke that Kim would not be a part of Max's (formerly HBO Max) Sex and the City revival, one of Sarah's Instagram followers commented on her post about the show to mention the actresses' long-running rumored feud and about Sarah "disliking" Kim.

Sarah responded, "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. No matter where we are or what we do."

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Kim Cattrall will make a cameo in 'And Just Like That' Season 2 in 2023.

In an unexpected turn of events, Variety reported in May 2023 that Kim would appear in the Season 2 finale of And Just Like That.

The outlet noted that she would only appear in one scene, which was shot in March 2023 in New York City. However, sources claimed that Kim filmed her scene without stopping to mince words with the cast and crew, including Sarah and showrunner Michael Patrick King.

So, why does Kim Cattrall hate Sarah Jessica Parker?

TL;DR? As aforementioned, there are many alleged reasons why Kim is not a fan of Sarah. However, to sum it up, Kim's hatred towards Sarah is believed to have started over salary issues as Sarah made more money from Sex and the City since she was also an executive producer. Kim also disliked Sarah's "nice girl persona."

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