Sex And The City's Chris Noth, who plays Mr Big, has defended his co-star Sarah Jessica Parker in her infamous feud with Kim Cattrall.

The show’s much hyped 2021 reboot And Just Like That… is will arrive on our screens Thursday 9 December 2021, but Kim Cattrall, who played Samantha Jones, is no longer part of the cast.

Rumours of a feud between Carrie Bradshaw actress Sarah, 56, and Kim, 65, started back in 2004 when Kim told chat show host Jonathan Ross that issues over how much the cast were being paid contributed to the show ending.

She said: "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."

However Kim did return to play Samantha again in two Sex and the City Movies.

Things further ramped up in 2018 with a social media spat when Kim called Sarah a "hypocrite" for sending condolences in the wake of her brother's death.

Ahead of the release of And Just Like That…, 67 year old Chris has now defended Sarah, telling the Guardian: “I have to tell you, I have absolutely no idea what her thinking is, or her emotions. I do know that I’m very close with SJ and Kim’s descriptions of her don’t even come close.

“I liked her, I thought she was marvellous in the show and some people move on for their own reasons. I don’t know what hers were. I just wish that whole thing had never happened because it was sad and uncomfortable."

Chris further defended his on-screen wife, adding: "I just don’t like to see anyone talking down about SJ because she’s a target and people can be nasty. I feel very protective of her and I was not happy about that. That’s all I’ll say about that.”

SJP has always denied rumours of a feud between her and Kim, telling Vulture in 2018: “I’d just like to remind everybody that there is no catfight.

“I have never uttered an unkind, unsupportive, unfriendly word, so I would love to redefine it.”

However, Kim revealed to Piers Morgan in 2017 that she was not close friends with the cast.

Explaining why she returned to play Samantha in the two films, but had decided to draw a line under the role, she said: “That was part of turning 60 … I feel that the show is the best when it was the series and the bonus was the two movies. I haven’t killed Samantha. I have released Samantha.”

And Just Like That… brings Carrie, Miranda Hobbs and Charlotte York Goldenblatt back to our screens as they continue to navigate life in New York City.

Willie Garson, who played Carrie’s Standford Blatch, died at the end of September. As well as Chris Noth as Mr Big, other returning cast members include David Eigenberg, as Miranda’s partner Steve, and Evan Handler who plays Charlotte’s husband Harry.

And Just Like That… will be available in the UK on Sky Comedy and streaming service Now from 9 December 2021. For more updates on And Just Like That… and other celebrity news, sign up to our daily newsletter here.

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