Candace Bushnell isn't worried about Sex and the Citygoing forward without Kim Cattrall. The author of the book on which the HBO series and subsequent movies are based, spoke outafter news broke that the show has been revived for HBO Max, minus Cattrall's Samantha Jones.
"You know what, I think it’s fine," Bushnell told Page Six. "Kim is a grown woman. She is 64 and she’s made a decision that I’m sure she has 10 very good reasons for and I respect her for that."
Bushnell also said that she thinks "it will be interesting" to see what the show's writers and producers come up with in Cattrall's absence.
"There’s a lot of interesting characters like Miranda," she said. "We are all Mirandas. Miranda is an interesting character -- but I don’t know what they’re gonna do."
While Cattrall's Samantha may not be present onscreen, Bushnell thinks she'll still be "an inspiration" to the reboot.
"Kim should be happy -- and I think she is happy. I think that her character Samantha is always going to be an inspiration to them," she said. "So somehow, I imagine she’ll be there in spirit and as an inspiration that gives them a chance of exploring sexuality with different characters."
"We will [miss her] too. We loved her so," Parker wrote to one fan, before adding to another, "She will always be there."
Parker also denied that she dislikes Cattrall, writing, "I don't dislike her. I've never said that. Never would. Samantha isn't part of this story. But she will always be part of us. No matter where we are or what we do."
"I absolutely love Sex and the City and whilst I am saddened that Samantha will not return, I applaud doing what is best for you and think this is great example of putting yourself first. Well done @KimCattrall," the message she liked on Twitter read.
And Just Like That will follow Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte as they navigate the journey from the complicated reality of life and friendship in their 30s to the even more complicated reality of life and friendship in their 50s, according to HBO Max. The 10-episode, half-hour series is scheduled to begin production in New York late spring.