Andy Cohen may count Sarah Jessica Parker as one of his closest friends, but that didn't stop him from being just as confused as Sex and the City fans were to see Kim Cattrall lash out at SJP in the wake of Cattrall's brother's tragic death, exposing a fractured relationship between the former co-stars that was starting to become more public in the fall of 2017.
So how did we get here? Here's a brief timeline.
Fans started to wonder if they'd see their favorite SATC characters onscreen ever again. Willie Garson, who played Stanford Blatch in the series and two feature films, tweeted on September 29 about a hold-up in negotiations for a possible third film.
"Disappointed for all crew holding on for negotiations to conclude for their jobs, and of course, for the fans," he wrote. "Leave it at that. #Truth"
In an appearance on ITV Piers Morgan's Life Stories, Kim Cattrall said that she doesn't want to play Samantha Jones ever again.
"Another actress should play it — maybe they could make it an African-American Samantha Jones or a Hispanic Samantha Jones," she suggested.
If that wasn't shocking enough, she stopped playing nice about her co-stars. "We’ve never been friends,” she stated. “We’ve been colleagues and in some way, it’s a very healthy place to be.”
Cattrall also denied rumors that she asked for too much money for a third movie.
"I never asked for any money," she insisted. "I never asked for any projects; to be thought of as some kind of diva is absolutely ridiculous.”
Willie Garson took to Twitter again on October 4 to comment: "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."
Kristin Davis made her only public comment on everything on Instagram (via The Cut), saying in part, "I wish that we could have made the final chapter, on our own terms, to complete the stories of our characters. It is deeply frustrating not to able to share that chapter (beautifully written by [Michael Patrick King]) with all of you."
Kim posted on Instagram on February 4 that her brother Chris Cattrall had been missing from his home in Canada since January 30. She asked the public to look for him, but returned to social media later in the day to announce that he had been found dead on his property.
"It is with great sadness that myself and my family announce the unexpected passing of our son and brother, Chris Cattrall," Kim wrote. "At this time we ask for privacy but we want to thank you all on social media for your outpouring of love and support in this trying time."
Sarah Jessica Parker sent social media condolences on the same day, writing, “Dearest Kim, my love and condolences to you and yours and Godspeed to your beloved brother. Xx.”
Four days later, SJP was asked about Chris Cattrall in an interview with Extra TV while promoting the return of her HBO series, Divorce.
“I can't begin to know how her family is managing such a loss," she said in that interview. "We all send her our love and condolences and grant her the privacy that she's asked for."
On February 10, Kim posted on Instagram, saying, "I don't need your love or support at this tragic time @sarahjessicaparker." The caption was even more direct: “My Mom asked me today 'When will that @sarahjessicaparker, that hypocrite, leave you alone,'" she wrote. "Your continuous reaching out is a painful reminder of how cruel you really were then and now. 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.” Kim added an October New York Post story about the alleged “mean girl culture” on the set of Sex and the City to the end of the post.
On his SiriusXM channel Radio Andy, (via Page Six), Andy expressed disbelief at Cattrall's post: “There was no way Kim Cattrall has posted this on her Instagram.”
He went on to say that when Extra asked her that question, Parker "simply and precisely expressed her condolences — I would not call that exploiting a tragedy."
“I also don’t like it that people are characterizing this as a fat catfight," Andy said. "There’s only one person fighting here."
Andy pointed out that SJP said nothing untoward about Kim during her recent WWHL appearance, in which she addressed Kim's comments to Piers Morgan.
“I found it very upsetting because that’s not the way I recall our experience,” Parker said to Andy during the show. “It’s sad. But I always think that what ties us together was this singular experience. It was a professional experience but it became personal, because it was years and years of our lives. So I’m hoping that that eclipses anything that’s been recently spoken. That many years spent doing something so special that people had a connection with is such a privilege.”
Us Weekly noted that Cattrall responded to co-star Cynthia Nixon's social media condolences, which were similar to Parker's, in a much different way, writing, "Cynthia, hearing your voice meant so much to me. Thank you for reaching out. Love Kim #SexandtheCity.”
“I would have to say that Sarah was always just so lovely and such a consummate professional, and I think that people should remember their graciousness and the things that have been given to them,” he said Wednesday on Los Angeles TV station KTLA (via Us Weekly). “And I’m going to stop there because I’ve got nothing good to say.”
And SJP's current Divorce co-stars have come out in support of her.
"For me, Sarah is just so supportive and so wonderful and we just get along so well," Molly Shannon told Entertainment Tonight. "It doesn't really feel like work because we have so much in common, and she loves funny women and is just so genuinely supportive and kind, and like a 'girls' girl.' So, I just feel lucky that I get to work with her."
"I mean, [I’m] always Team Sarah. I’ve known Sarah for 25 years," Dean Winters told Us Weekly. "Look, whatever’s going on, I don’t give a f---," the actor said. “I mean, I just like Sarah. Kim’s nice too, but Sarah and I have a lot of history. I try to stay out of that bulls---, you know what I mean? Whatever’s happening I just hope it works out for everyone.”