Is Sarah Jessica Parker going to recast Samantha?

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SJP Kim Cattral

by Elizabeth Ryan |
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It was one of the biggest storylines on And Just Like That…, except all the action took place off- screen. Kim Cattrall – aka sex-loving fan-fave Samantha Jones – was the missing piece of the first season of Sex And The City sequel after her epic fall-out with co-star Sarah Jessica Parker.

But now insiders tell heat SJP has a plan to bring Sam back for the new series – with no Kim needed. She’ll just recast the role with an even bigger star!

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SJP and Kim as Carrie and Samantha ©Getty

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“Everyone is deeply aware that And Just Like That… suffered enormously from the absence of Samantha,” says a source close to SJP, who’s played the iconic Carrie Bradshaw since 1998.

“Sarah and the producers haven’t entirely given up on Kim coming back, but there’s only so much grovelling they’re willing to do – other options have to be explored. The show still owns her character and recasting is becoming more and more of a possibility. They need that character in the show.”

CHECK OUT every guy Carrie dated on Sex and the City


Every Guy Carrie Dated On Sex And The City

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Bill Sage

Our first experience of Carrie hooking up, Kurt is also Carries first experiment of having sex with no feelings. The only fabulous thing she's ever done, despite what she may think of herself, she leaves him straight after climax, not returning the favour. AN ICON.

Every Guy Carrie Dated On Sex And The City2 of 20

Cane Peterson

Carrie simply LOVES not learning her lesson to date immature men and spends a weekend flouncing around on skateboards and reading comics. There wasn't even a takeaway lesson from this one, just Carrie being a dickhead. Yet again.

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Ed Fry

This guy helped us solve the age-old dilemma – what do you do if your one-night-stand assumes you're a prostitute and leaves you $1,000. Answer? You keep it. Not your fault he's a presumptious fool.

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Patrick Breen

This long term romance, aka two episodes of Hamptons fun, saw Carrie entertain the idea of a doctor boyfriend. Of course, she crumbles to pieces seeing Big with his new girlfriend, never to see Dr Meego again. Not even for therapy, which she desperately needs.

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Richard Joseph Paul

This is the guy that gets 'addicted' to Carrie as a replacement for alcohol. Why? Who actually knows, the womans a nightmare.

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Jon Bon Jovi

In another episode of 'all the ridiculously famous men you never realized were on SATC', Bon Jovi is the living embodiment of everything Carrie does wrong in relationships. She falls for a guy in her therapist's office, where she's trying to figure out why she always chooses the wrong men, who reveals after sleeping with her that he's in therapy because he 'loses interest after sex'. Carries life summed up in one sentence.

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Eddie Cahill

In an episode that proved Carrie is about as politically aware as a fig, Sean played her bisexual boyfriend. She couldn't quite get on board with the fact that Sean was attracted to both women and men, feminist icon that she is.

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Craig Bierko

Sometimes, I swear Carrie dates men just so she can use a good metaphor to describe them. Simultaneously playing Jazz music and her, Ray fell short when he couldn't focus on her for more than 2 minutes, literally.

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David Duchovny

Taking Carries ability to understand mental health issues to that all-time low, this episode sees Carrie reunite with her high school sweetheart only to learn he's in a mental health facility. His year-long stay is what gets it for her, even though it'd probably do her some good to join him.

Every Guy Carrie Dated On Sex And The City10 of 20

Chris Noth

Love him or hate him, he's what she bloody deserves. Not the painful back and forth through 6 seasons, that's not anything you'd wish on your worst enemy, but in the end she CAN'T be with a man like Aidan. She's selfish, needy and whiny. An all round dickhead if you will. And Big is the shaft to her bellend, one cannot survive without the other.

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John Corbett

The human embodiment of a puppy dog, Aidan is Carrie's antithesis and frankly, far too good for her.

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Dean Winters

A lesson in how to choose a fuck buddy, Dean plays carries 'in-between relationships' guy. While Carrie has awful taste in dateable men, she has a rare stroke of luck with this one since he is PERFECT fuck buddy material being the most boring person on earth but good in bed. She doesn't see it that way, of course, but who expects to date their fuck buddy anyway?

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John Slattery

Exploring all the aspects of modern day relationships as it did (eye roll), this episode saw Carrie encounter a man with a golden shower fetish. TBH we don't blame her for running from this one, how the fuck are you meant to orgasm with piss all over your chest?

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Ron Livingston

The whiniest, most insecure of all men Carrie dated, Berger gave us all the tell-tale signs of men to avoid. Toxic masculinity in-carnate, Jack Berger proves that insecure men don't always throw fists to prove they've got balls, they ride SUPER FAST motorbikes because they're SUPER COOL.

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Mikhail Baryshnikov

EW. LET ME REPEAT. EW. This ridiculous, confusing choice of love interest for Carrie frankly lasted far too long for my liking. WHO, I MEAN WHOOOO moves to Paris for a man that is so patronizing, egotistical, uptight and dismissive of her career/feeling/life?? This man's demise could not come soon enough, I begrudge the entire season 6 for this sole reason.

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Timothy Olyphant

Her Mr. Big rebound who lived like an ABSOLUTE pig put us off 'twenty-something guys' before we even turned twenty.

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Vince Vaughn

Otherwise known 'Men Are Trash', Vince's character tells her he's Matt Damon's agent when he's really Carrie Fisher's personal assistant. But you know, Carrie can't move past anything ever in life so, he was a gonner after one episode.

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Bradley Cooper

Ahh a young Bradley Cooper. Somehow his long locks manage to look more grease-ball than rough around the edges on SATC. He's one of her many 'I'm fabulous but need the validation of a man to feel it' hook-ups.

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Justin Theroux (Part 1)

Playing a superficial writer, Justin was another man Carrie used to get over Mr. Big, not that he was complaining.

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Justin Theroux (Part 2)

What do you know, a season later Justin Theroux returns unrecognizable with a buzz cut. In yet another example of toxic masculinity, Vaughn can't communicate his 'shortcomings' leading what would've been a fabulous pairing into sad sad demise.


Last week, Sarah Jessica, 56, confirmed we hadn’t seen the last of Sam, cryptically explaining, “Samantha is not gone. The actress that played the role is no longer playing that role.” And there are already a few big names in mind for the part. We’re told, “Sarah and [show creator] Michael Patrick have already been brainstorming and some interesting options have been sounded out to fill Kim’s shoes. The list includes Chelsea Handler, Kim Basinger and Annette Benning. They’re also considering other big Hollywood names, and have asked other cast members for input and suggestions. They think a recasting could very easily be explained by just saying Samantha had a major face lift while she was out of the country!”

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As heat has previously reported, the long-running feud between Sarah Jessica and Kim, 65, dates right back to the early days of SATC, but our source insists this isn’t about revenge. “If Kim wants to come back to the negotiating table, then they’d jump at the opportunity,” we’re told. “But so far, she’s shot down any attempt to offer an olive branch. Auditioning other actresses could drive her away for good – or maybe it’ll finally make her see what she’s giving up.”

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