Sarah Jessica Parker felt the urge to drop the receipts on Kim Cattrall last year

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It seems almost quaint now, but last fall, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall were engaged in a heated beef over Sex and the City 3 and whether the film would happen. Cattrall said no, she wasn’t interested, and SJP and her people slammed her for not signing on. Cattrall fought back, giving several interviews about how she’s totally over the franchise and Sarah Jessica specifically. This was honestly a HUGE gossip story just before the Harvey Weinstein story came out and everything changed. But for Sarah Jessica, everything is linked. SJP spoke to the Daily Beast to promote her HBO show, Divorce, and she ended up talking about #MeToo, Time’s Up and the Kim Cattrall beef. You can read the full piece here. Some highlights:

Talking about Catt Sadler on the E! Red Carpet: “I hope I didn’t do it in a way that was punitive… it’s not Ryan Seacrest’s [fault]—I’m assuming he doesn’t hold the purse strings. I hope I wasn’t finger-wagging, because nothing good is going to come from women [doing that]. That’s never gotten anybody anywhere, of any gender. His face was—I’m not sure how prepared everybody really was to have the conversation. But I think it’s OK. I think everybody survived. And ultimately it’s going to get much more complicated than that. A lot of people worked hard very to launch this campaign. I think it was impactful in ways that were meaningful. I hope now comes the real good work, and the important work.

The conversation isn’t just in black & white: “Yeah, and I think people are struggling. It’s not just—my god—it’s not just this industry. It is across industries. And that’s the most important work ahead, by the way. But it is hard. I think that there is a part of the conversation that is gray. I think, in a way, a moment of time is going to be when we can all decide that is a good place to be. Right now, people have very strong feelings. They have their personal experiences. It’s all very strong…. This is the beginning of a conversation, so everybody needs to be heard. Everybody needs to validated. Eventually we have to find a way of talking about this. How are we ever going to create uniform codes of conduct, as it were, if we can’t get to the gray? Right? This probably happens in the beginning of moments. This sort-of chaos. You say, “Conversation is welcome. There is no right. There is no wrong.” This kind of bedlam, in a way, it must happen, I think, in order to then settle.

The huge SATC 3 controversy with Kim Cattrall: “The thing I continue to learn is how painful it can still be, after all these years. When things aren’t true, especially when it is a personal attack about your character, the way you’ve chosen to conduct yourself specifically. I’m stunned by how deeply it still cuts. When all that stuff was happening with Sex and the City, which I know is meaningless in the world, but when it’s happening and you’re caught up in any of the muscle of that stuff, it’s so painful because all you want to do is respond. All you want to do is say, “Are you kidding me!? This is everything I know. This is everything that happened over the last six months. These are the conversations. These are the emails. These are the conversations with lawyers and agents and studio heads.” But you’re counseled time and time again, “Don’t do it. You’re going to get in the weeds. It’s a nowhere road.”

It was so painful: “But what happened, that was enormously painful for me. I just kept saying, “This was an experience I loved. I love those women. We shared this experience. It was a privilege. If that’s what we’re left with, those memories, there are only four of us who…” You know? But then all of a sudden the world shifted, right? I was like, oh this is ridiculous. I was afraid to talk about these allegations, and now there are real allegations [relating to abuse and sexual misconduct] in the world that are real? And all of a sudden I was like, “I think I’m going to answer the question about the Sex and the City movie.” For so long I was told to be quiet about all of that stuff. And all of a sudden I’m like, “If people are being encouraged to come forward and talk about really difficult, painful, potentially criminal things that they were part of or witnessed, I think I can talk about the Sex and the City 3 movie.” [Laughs] I think it’s OK! I’m a grown freaking woman.

[From The Daily Beast]

“…It’s so painful because all you want to do is respond. All you want to do is say, ‘Are you kidding me!? This is everything I know. This is everything that happened over the last six months. These are the conversations. These are the emails. These are the conversations with lawyers and agents and studio heads.’” I honestly can’t believe SJP is still harping on about this. The original controversy was that Kim Cattrall spoke to producers briefly and even tried to figure out how much money she could get, but she ultimately felt like she was done with the franchise no matter how much money she could get out of it. SJP is basically saying that she wanted to pull out the receipts on how Kim was talking to producers and negotiating, therefore Kim is a terrible liar and it’s all so unfair. Basically, SJP is still mad that Kim either changed her mind or was simply curious about how much money she could make, and that Kim still didn’t want to do the movie. SJP is also claiming that people told her not to speak about it while doing her little-girl “who me?” act about the fact that she waged a bitchy campaign against Cattrall in the press for years.

As for SJP making some kind of comparison between speaking her truth about contract negotiations and the #MeToo movement… my God.

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  1. tracking says:

    Yeah, Kim C was so in the right here. I really don’t care to hear anymore from SJP on this topic.

  2. Rhys says:

    If she had the receipts she would’ve found a way to leak them. She has nothing.

  3. Tiffany says:

    I can see why she is talking about it, she got burnt. SJP career has never seen anything like this so public and she is trying to control the narrative. I think she honestly thought that Catrall should have been grateful but Catrall was all, nope.

  4. Harryg says:

    Most of what she said left me very confused.
    And, those SATC movies were terrible.
    “Divorce” is good.

  5. Kelly C says:

    I think we all owe a Kim Cattrall a thank you for not doing another one. SATC 2 was atrocious and embarrassing.

    Besides, if they felt that strongly they could have resurrected the cancer story and killed Samantha off. I can just see them in their OTT black outfits as the funeral starts then a run in Jimmy Choos for Cosmos in Remembrance.

    • Gina says:

      I agree. They just need to stop. Why do they want to drag down what was once a great show!

    • magnoliarose says:

      She is angry about the millions she won’t be getting.

    • Dr. Mrs. The Monarch says:

      Both movies were terrible. The show ended in a good place and they should have left it there.

      Realistically though, they won’t get another movie green lit without Kim Catrall appearing naked. Samantha’s sexcapades is the real draw for the male audience. Men don’t want to see SJP or the rest of them whining about men, shopping and babies and the show never had enough appeal to draw in an exclusively female audience, especially with an R rating.

      Go back to the first movie: I guarantee the pitch for it was “Kim Catrall wearing nothing but sushi”.

      This show was built on Kim’s naked body and she has never been appreciated or compensated for that. If she wants more money, top billing, script approval etc. they should give it to her. SJP, as producer, has never recognized Kim’s vital contribution to the show.

      • minx says:

        Yes. And SJP refused to appear nude–her choice–but it was apparently okay for Samantha to be nude. A lot.
        I didn’t mind the first movie–I agree they could have ended it with the series, but I admit I paid my money and went to the theater. It was kind of a cliche to have Carrie and Big get married, yet it was still good to see those actresses. But, hoo boy, SATC2 was one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen in my life. Such an obvious money grab. I refused to see it in the theater and watched it on tv, glad I didn’t pay. The women were photographed horribly, the storylines were ridiculous, it was ugly in look and in tone. What on earth would a third movie be about?

      • ALF-M says:

        ITA! SJP made herself look like an asshole going after Kim Cattrall about SATC3 not happening due to Kim and then went radio silent when Kim justified why she didn’t want to do the movie. SJP is on Season 2 of HBO’s Divorce. She is lucky she has another season of the show too! The woman is richer than all of her 3 female cast mates combined. Two Townhomes in NYC, house in the Hamptons, a clothing line, back end on both movies and residuals from the show and any project she’s been in. She wants the public to believe she’s this earnest person, but she is just as shady as any actress who was huge and lost relevancy when everyone realized she lost or has not much of an acting range anymore at this point in her life. Whereas, Kim has chosen or has been casted in interesting mini series, tv shows and movies in the UK, Canada, etc. She seems very content with her life and career at this point as a woman in her early 60’s!

    • Milla says:

      Yup. But she can’t help it. it’s like she wants to be Carrie. Forever.

      That show had Donald 45 as a gues star. It had one black character, minor of course. It was whiny and unrelatable and needs to be burried in the 90s, early 2000s.

      • magnoliarose says:

        Yep. It is a dated show, and I am the age they were supposed to be at the beginning of the show, and I can’t relate to them at all.
        The world has changed rapidly since then, and new stories about women that are relevant now need to be told.

      • Liberty says:

        …..I think it’s interesting that all the college age women I know (friends, related, work with, projects with) plus a few men in that age group seem to be watching and loving reruns of Friends and relating to ithat series somehow for different reasons and find it funny. They will be talking to each other and me about it and I am sort of amazed. The same people have mentioned they think of SATC as ridiculous, bizarre, dated and unwatchably over.

        And I just looked it up — both shows were on 1998 thru 2004.

  6. Odetta says:

    So because victims are coming forward and speaking about their abuse…she should talk about why there is no sex and the city 3? I’m honestly speechless about this…grown woman my ass! She sounds like a bitchy teenage girl.

  7. pwal says:

    The only good thing to come from this is posters putting me on to Sensitive Skin on Netflix. Good show.

  8. Surely Wolfbeak says:

    Hahahahaha! What?! Team Cattrall.

  9. Shelly says:

    SJP is just pissed she can’t do a new money grab with another sh*tty Satc movie. There should never have been a first movie.
    Boo hoo
    She’s a one trick pony

  10. Jordan says:

    The real question here: WHERE IS HOCUS POCUS 2?

  11. Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

    Someone is a bitter betty that Cattrall turned down the role – SJP needs the franchise more than the others.

  12. Lila says:

    I love Kim’s response to SJP on who should replace her if she wants to do Sex and The City part 3. “Ellen DeGeneres would be ‘fabulous’ as Samantha – Kim Cattrall reacted after “Sex and the City” co-star Sarah Jessica Parker suggested Ellen DeGeneres play Samantha Jones.”

    • Addie says:

      Ellen had a look of ‘no way in hell sister’ when SJP hawked it to Ellen on her show. So… ass-licky, patronising.

      SJP has no respect for others’ choices. It looks like she is harping and looking for sympathy, hoping the world turns on whether another SATC movie gets made. It doesn’t. Imagine what it’s like living with her.

  13. Pandy says:

    Seriously?! Reality check SJP. Nobody really cares. Find another pay cheque

  14. Des says:

    She was on Colbert the other day and pulled out a tshirt that had the girls minus Kim Cattrall on it and said something bitchy then too and I was honestly shocked. Let it go! She doesn’t want you. She doesn’t your movie. She doesn’t wanna be your friend. She doesn’t want your money. She doesn’t want your friends. She doesn’t want anything from you. She wants you to do you – and if what you want is to make another shitty movie, she is happy for you as long as she doesn’t have to be in it. How difficult is that for you to understand?

    It makes me think the studio is refusing to finance unless Kim Cattrall signs on because she’s always had the most interesting storylines despite SJP repeatedly trying to do the dirty on her.

    • Nic919 says:

      The more she speaks the more it explains why Kim decided to skip doing the movie even if decent money was offered. Because if SJP is this ridiculous in a public moment, how bad must she be in private?
      The SATC movies were garbage, especially if you watched the series, and needed to end.

    • Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

      I wouldn’t be surprised if thats true – the studio are refusing to fund it unless all 4 original cast members returns.

    • minx says:

      SATC isn’t SATC without Samantha.
      I can see why SJP is fixated on the show. She was the star, she got to dress up and be chased by beautiful men, and she got to call the shots as producer. But the show is so past its expiration date that it’s embarrassing, and KC had the good sense to realize that. SJP needs KC for the show and it seems to be driving her crazy.

      • Lady D says:

        If it’s making her nuts, oh well. She deserves a little grief just for her constant whining about and demeaning of Kim.

      • magnoliarose says:

        You said it right minx. She has always hated the attention KC got and was never compensated for because she is the one that made the show into the pop culture phenom it was. But SJP got the money and the bounty, and she still wanted KC to be her mule.
        KC looked at the pay and negotiated, and they didn’t want to pay what she is worth. If I were her with that power, I would have asked for MORE than triple what I had been paid for the first two combined and some backend. I would probably renegotiate some other parts too.
        If they said No then I would have walked. Nothing less is worth it.
        If you can do it without her, then you should have made her an offer she couldn’t refuse.
        Hardball it women. Ask for your worth and nothing less.
        And she would have had to spend time with this woman. No Thanks.

    • Talie says:

      Kim held up the first film to get paid right and she was threatened that they would film without her…surprise, surprise, they couldn’t! Samantha has always been the most popular character next to Carrie.

      • Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

        I would say that for many Samantha was more popular than Carrie – I know several friends who have been watching reruns and commented about how annoying Carrie is and how amazing Samantha was (they effectively switched their ‘allegiance’). To me Samantha was everything Carrie wanted to be – I was never really a Carrie fan. I loved Samantha and her no effs to give attitide, didn’t mind Miranda and Charlotte but Carrie got on my nerves – all she did was whine.

      • Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

        double post…

  15. Frosty says:

    She’s still in a snit over this? LOL Silence is golden, SJP.

  16. HK9 says:

    SJP needs to let this go now. It says a lot about the situation that she can’t and continues to be bitchy towards Cattrall. If this is the way she conducts herself, I’d want out as well.

  17. Mgsota says:

    I don’t think we can presume to know what was happening. So picking sides or “villains” is dumb to me.
    And, she’s not comparing her SATC issues to the #metoo movement. She says her issues compared to that are are insignificant so why worry about talking about it . People have real problems!

  18. MMC says:

    It’s so funny how everyone on this should be all “we need to support other women” yet the winds blow hard however the article here is written, i.e. SJP is bad, KC is good. SMH
    Since SJP is pretty involved in the back end stuff on Sex and the City, I’m assuming she does have the receipts and while she’s being snarky (b(*&^), which is pretty out of character for her in public, KC has her perspective and it’s her right to get out that side too. These days it’s almost kind of quaint and a little harmless fun to see these two sniping. L

    • minx says:

      What receipts would SJP have, though? Even if there was a deal and KC sat down with a pen to sign it and changed her mind–she has that right. Free country. That’s the issue IMO. I think SJP is frustrated that she can’t force KC to do something she doesn’t want to do.

      • Bridget says:

        It’s more the fact that Kim’s response was “I told them 6 months ago “no” and they’re being totally ridiculous”

        I wish this discussion about 2 professional women wasn’t consistently framed as who’s a needy bitch and who isn’t. You want to ask SJP if it’s true they wouldn’t meet Kim’s salary demands? Go for it. Want to ask Kim if she felt that it needed to be a big payday to merit coming back to a character that she felt wasn’t written well by the end? Have at it.

    • holly hobby says:

      Bottom line – Kim did not sign a contract so she is not obligated to appear in that movie. Now, if she signed a contract and reneged on it, then SJP has a good breach of contract case. She doesn’t so she can please stop being butt hurt over it.

    • Kitten says:

      Yeah these threads make me a bit uncomfortable, which is why I usually avoid them. I like both of these women a lot but the public feud is so off-putting. I don’t find it fun, really.

  19. Talie says:

    Kim seemed pretty comfortable pushing back, so I don’t know if she has much.

    I’m amazed SJP has been so bold and angry about this…all I can think is that she must make bank with these movies, not just with her salary, but the backend + money she makes wearing certain designers to promote the movie. She probably wanted one last go at it.

    • tracking says:

      SJP makes an absolute fortune (has admitted she has a thing about money since she grew up poor) from this franchise. Apparently part of Kim C’s beef was the vast inequity in compensation. But I also believe that she was over this character, and the indignities heaped upon her in the two movies. Her prerogative, even if she had considered reprising the role and done some negotiations to test the waters (SJP’s “receipts”). I don’t blame her one bit.

      • Addie says:

        I saw Kim Cattrall in Polanski’s Ghost Writer (2009) playing a completely different character; so good to see her again on screen. Most actors want variety, a challenge, and after some success, choose whatever they want. The character was demeaned in the movies; who needs it?

  20. Adele Dazeem says:

    If SJP talked about her current show Divorce half as much as she talks about Kim it would be brilliant.
    Talking about Kim just makes her sound pathetic and immature.

  21. Electra says:

    I have watched Kim many times in interviews, she seems to me such a fine, kind person. I like her very very much.

    • Turtle says:

      Agreed. I’m embarrassed about any stock I put into gossip stories I’ve heard over the years about KC’s “difficult” reputation. Heard the same thing about so many female performers, like Ashley Judd, and now we know the source behind THOSE stories and how/why they were propagated through the media. I’m sure KC has had her diva moments, but everyone does. ( I met the late Gloria Stuart once, who could not have been kinder or sweeter, and yet she told a story about how she absolutely lost it once on the set of “Titanic” because she was kept waiting for an entire day in heavy, uncomfortable makeup and a wig and costume without filming anything). I’ve always liked SJP but the more she talks, the more she comes off as if she’s having a temper tantrum because she didn’t get her way.

  22. Chick b says:

    During the final season it was reported if they went to season 7 the three actresses would essentially see a kind of financial return SJP had been getting throughout the run of the series. But SJP said she was done.

    Now, thats certainly her right. But these were 4 women working together and the “star” is benefitting considerably more than the others who are usually stuck with the goofiest storylines & all the nudity. Fine – thats what everybody signed up for. Now one of the women dares to ask for more and you’re gonna keep mining this as a source of your butthurt feelings?

    I usually am kind of a fan of SJP but I have never understood her motivation here.

  23. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Enough is enough with Sex In The City. My gawd. Will the cast of Deadwood start loudly complaining? Please? I need more Deadwood not more freaking horny women in expensive outfits.

  24. holly hobby says:

    Please drop this already SJP! This isn’t indentured servitude Kim is allowed to say no. If she is so butt hurt then make the movie without Kim. Even Kim suggested that.

    • Tourmaline says:

      Agree about the indentured servitude! Kim isn’t SJP’s chattel. If she doesn’t want to she doesn’t want to. Maybe if SJP and her mean girls posse didn’t treat Kim badly Kim would be willing, but even if they treated her like gold, she still gets a choice. For gods sakes SJP take a tip from Bob Seger and TURN THE PAGE!

  25. KBeth says:

    Why does she still want to be Carrie? Carrie was a terrible character, lol!!!!
    Samantha was always the best thing about Sex In the City.

  26. HoustonGrl says:

    OMG enough!! You couldn’t pay me to watch this non-feminist-has-been for another three hours of ridiculous fashion ads and jokes about women made by men.

  27. my3cents says:

    I really lost any respect for her after this whole movie sequel drama.
    Now she just seems like a self obsessed mean girl.

  28. homeslice says:

    I wish the severe part with hair curtains would die. It does no one any favors.

  29. Regina Falangie says:

    To compare not being able to make another crap movie to the horrible abuse, assault and harassment of millions-no billions- of people?????? Nope. That needs to be addressed. Girlfriend needs to get many clues and then shut up forever. No!!

  30. moo says:

    Because it’s the only way she can stay relevant!

  31. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    If she really supports a women’s movement, she should let these misogynistic SATC movies die. They portray women in a horrible light. Why not move on to more positive roles?

  32. SM says:

    Did any of you see SJP on Ellen recently? I could not go though 5 minutes clip. She is so annoying, acting like a child, she was overexcited, talked in that naive girlish voice and kept interupting all the time. She seems like an exhausting person to be around, can’t blame Kim for not wanting that in her lige anymore

  33. paddingtonjr says:

    SJP just needs to stop. I used to enjoy SATC, even stopped and watched re-runs when they came on, but now it’s more like remembering fun times with old friends. The first movie, which was 10 years ago, was okay; it was nice seeing what had happened to the characters since the show had finished and many story lines were tied up neatly. Then the second movie came out and was just a complete mess. Now, 8 years later, there’s noise about a SATC film? Why? Was the franchise not stomped into the ground sufficiently?

    Most of the core SATC audience has moved on; SJP and the rest should do the same.

  34. Jeanine says:

    Girl, let it gooooo. The more she goes on about this, the worse she makes herself look. And I don’t know anyone who was a fan back in the day that isn’t completely over this franchise by now.

  35. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    @Kitten I know! I’m really excited too but upset about Powers Boothe passing. I wish some network would pick up the show for more seasons. I’d like more than an hour-and-a-half, but beggars and all that.

    Oops wrong place sorry!

  36. GrubbyPaws says:

    Goodness! That honker! Maybe she should have it fixed!

  37. Jennifer says:

    I haven’t liked her since Square Pegs.

  38. Margo S. says:

    I can’t even with sjp. What a spoiled brat. People are allowed to change their minds. Geez.

  39. Oliviajoy1995 says:

    I didn’t even think either movie was good. They were both way too long and the second one was just boring. The second one didn’t make that much money either. Is the country really dying for a SATC 3?

    The way SJP throws Kim under the bus without really doing it annoys me too. She made sure to say there were negotiations with Kim and there are emails to prove it, and then basically says it really doesn’t matter now in the grand scheme of things because of everything else going on in the world.

    Let it go.

  40. Nello says:

    Ugggh. SJP is so insufferable. So is her twerpy husbamd. Team Samantha 4 Eva.

  41. Bee says:

    SJP needs to put Sex And The City to bed, literally. Sit back, enjoy the residuals and stop harping on about it. No one wants another movie. It was fun at the time, but it’s done. Kim Cattrall can be the biggest bitch in the world, but if she doesn’t want to do a destined-to-struggle movie for whatever her reasons, it’s her prerogative.

  42. LittlefishMom says:

    SJP is as annoying as Carrie Bradshaw. Can’t stand either one of them.

  43. EMau says:

    SATC was nothing without Cattrall. SJP has always been a C-grade actress (I’m being polite). People didn’t watch the how for SJP and that’s why she needs the others to be on board. When Cattrall pulled the plug, and justifiably so, SJP thought she’d change the narrative and make Cattrall to be the bad person.

  44. jenn says:

    A big part of me loves this girl. Half because of Girls Just Want to Have Fun, and another quarter because of Ed Wood. (My last quarter hates her.) But honestly? SJP has been in Hollywood her whole life. She’s a weirdo, a freak. I think she sincerely doesn’t know how to interact with normal people anymore. The fact that she even *said* so much — bled all over the place — is honestly kinda cute.

    So she’s mad at Kim Cattrall (a goddess, btw)?? Big whoop! That’s about as astonishing as hearing Betty White disclose how much Bea Arthur hated her. So what! Who cares! The point isn’t about loving or hating or taking sides. It’s about appreciating what everyone brings to the table, and also appreciating when it’s tough to work with one another. Right?

    I just read over again, and oh my god. She ignored talking about toxic bullying because she didn’t want to distract from the big stuff??! Ugh. Tbqh I can believe SJP is the nerd in every room, and I CAN believe Cattrall is a tough negotiator and that SJP backed away from Cattrall, then resented doing so later on. Like… I think we take for granted that SJP was ever considered quite gorgeous, but in the 1980s she was always a bit of a dweeb. Cattrall, meanwhile, spent the ’80s just being gorgeous. Ifr SJP wants to air her grievances, I think that’s great.

  45. Busybee says:

    SJP is going to be in her 70s and still d sing like Carrie Bradshaw. It’s not cute or age appropriate. It’s sad really.