'And Just Like That...' says the creator of Samantha Feud, 'I Wanted to Reflect Reality.'

Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall) may have left the show, but the rest of the Sex and the City cast is back for And Just Like That... The show's creator explained why Samantha didn't get along with her good friends in And Just Like That...

Cattrall has stated that she will not be reprising her role as Samantha Jones, but the rest of the main characters from Sex and the City have returned for And Just Like That.

Carrie, Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon), Charlotte York (Kristin Davis), and Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) are still close in the first episode, but Samantha has moved to London and no longer communicates with them.

Samantha had been Carrie's publicist until she was fired.

She became enraged and stopped answering Carrie's, Charlotte's, and Miranda's calls.

Fans have a lot of theories about why this was chosen as the way to handle Cattrall's departure, but an important writer has explained why. Michael Patrick King spoke with Us Weekly about the story choice.

He claimed Samantha was "never, ever" featured on the show because Cattrall refused to play her.

"So I didn't want to act as if there was or wasn't an absence," he explained.

"I wanted to reflect the reality of one not joining, so I came up with the storyline of Samantha being in London because we didn't want to kill her. We love Samantha. That's ridiculous."

But why did the writers force Samantha and Carrie to break up? "Every writer in the writing room had a significant friend they can't believe they're still friends with," King explained.

"That seemed to be the case, so we reflected it."

He also addressed the scene at the funeral where Carrie opens Samantha's card.

"It's about that important friendship between those four women," the creator explained, "and you can see how that resonates in the funeral scene."

"I think that's what's so great about friendships รข when they show up for each other, even if it's a fictional riff based on money and publishing and tangled wires about, like, personal vs. professional [life]," she says.

Cattrall hasn't said anything about how the show dealt with her absence, but she did like Jenny Dreasler's tweet, which said, "And just like that... I find myself only wanting to watch anything @KimCattrall is in. This is a Kim appreciation tweet."

Fans will have to wait and see if Samantha sends the three friends any more messages, but it appears that the writers have left some hope for their friendship.

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