Sex and the City is known for many things — the female friendship of four strong women,
the unpredictable New York City dating scene, and risk-taking fashion.
But behind the scenes, the hit HBO series wasn't all tutus and cosmos.
Here are the dark secrets the cast of Sex and the City tried to hide.
"Lemme say one thing right now.
If one more person calls this a catfight"
It's hard to imagine Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, and Cynthia Nixon
as anything other than best friends.
But according to at least some of the cast, that couldn't be further from the truth.
In 2004, Cattrall opened up about cast-related financial disputes, telling Friday Night with
"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."
Cattrall had hoped to snag $1 million per episode.
And while she had reportedly already been making $350,000 per episode — she was likely
making significantly less than Parker, who at one point, served as executive producer
on the show.
Even the greatest TV shows have their fair share of behind-the-scenes drama.
But according to the New York Post, trouble was brewing primarily between Cattrall and
Parker, with the latter having allegedly created a mean girls-like clique that left Cattrall
feeling left out.
Parker addressed the rumored bad blood, telling 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 also downplayed the drama at the time.
But it would creep up again just a few years later.
Following two successful movie sequels, Parker confirmed to Extra in 2017 that the third
film had officially been canceled.
We're not doing it."
Admitting that she was more than disappointed about the outcome, she says she was also devastated
for fans who were hoping for more.
"I think more so it's for that audience that has been so vocal about wanting a third movie,
Soon after Parker's announcement, the Daily Mail placed the blame on Cattrall and her
demands, claiming that she had allegedly asked Warner Bros. to also produce additional projects
Uninterested, the company reportedly scrapped the third installment, rather than continue
without the original Samantha.
But Cattrall had a very different take on the drama.
After the cancelation, Cattrall told Piers Morgan that she'd been clear about not wanting
to continue to play Samantha Jones, and criticized studio execs for how they handled the situation.
"I take to task the people from Sex and the City, and specifically Sarah Jessica Parker."
She also claimed the whole thing felt like "a toxic relationship."
“Nobody ever picks up the phone and tries to contact you and say, 'How are you doing?'"
Co-star Willie Garson hit back, alleging Cattrall had attempted to secure a contract long before
walking away from the third film.
"Dear fans, because I'm 'toxic,' I'm going to negotiate a contract for 6 months, not
come to terms, then say I never wanted to do it anyway."
"To be thought of as some kind of diva is absolutely ridiculous.”
While it was no secret that they weren't exactly besties, Cattrall further distanced herself
from Parker when she told Morgan,
“We've never been friends."
Parker later responded to the jab, telling Andy Cohen,
"That's not the way I recall our experience."
Hoping that their bond from having done the show might "eclipse" any bad feelings, she
"I always think that what ties us together was this singular experience.
It was a professional experience but it became personal."
Parker would later extend an olive branch, offering her condolences after the death of
Cattrall's brother, but the move just cranked up the tensions even further.
Parker is synonymous with her character, Carrie Bradshaw — a fan of love, friendship, and
But, according to Cattrall, Parker isn't like that in real life at all.
After Parker reached out following her brother's death, Cattrall posted to Parker:
"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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