And Just Like That — 'SATC' Reboot May Not Get Renewed Over Chris Noth Accusations

Sunday January 2, 2022
Originally published on December 31, 2021

"And Just Like That" has had its share of problems since it was announced last year that Kim Cattrall famously turned down the offer to repeat her role of Samantha Jones on the reboot of "Sex and The City." That she made it personal by revealing there was bad blood between herself and the show's star and driving force Sarah Jessica Parker only made things worse. And the unexpected death of actor Willie Garson, who played Carrie's gay bff Stanford Blatch, complicated matters.

Now there is talk that the show won't be renewed due to the sexual harassment accusations against Chris Noth, who played Parker's love interest and late husband on the show, according to Us Weekly.

"There was talk about doing another season, but after the past few days all those conversations have stopped," the source explains to Us Weekly. "Everyone is raw."

The highly-anticipated show got a less-than-thrilling response from critics when it premiered last month. Reviews cited the show's lame attempts at relevancy in a Samantha-less NYC. "Nothing about the show feels organic; so much about it is painfully forced. Which is unfortunate for a series whose title implies that, sometimes, life is full of surprises," writes  Jen Chaney in Vulture.

And much of the criticism focused on how Samantha's absence affected the show's dynamic. In a review entitled "And Just Like That...Desperately Needs Samantha Jones" on Jezebel, Megan Reynolds concludes: "Samantha Jones's perverted yet sensible energy was what kept this show together, and without her, these women are in big trouble."

But the big trouble didn't just come from its bad reviews, but with the sexual abuse accusations made against Chris Noth, who played Mr. Big, Carrie Bradshaw's long-standing love interest during the run of "Sex and the City," whom she married in the first of the two films made from the series. But in the opening episode of "And Just Like That," Noth died dramatically of a heart attack after his 1000 Peloton bike workout. Carrie found him near-death and cradled him as he passed, which left many to wonder why attempt to save him.

But that is turning out to be the least of the show's woes. First, Peloton's stock plunged 11% the day after the premiere. The company attempted to rectify the situation with an ad that featured Noth and the actress who played his Peloton instructor, named Allegra, having a playful workout with the actor very much alive.

Peloton pulled the ad days after the launch when a pair of woman stepped forward and accused Noth of sexual harassment.

"Two women — using the pseudonyms Zoe and Lily — initially accused the Law & Order alum of sexual assault in a story published on December 16. Zoe alleged that the actor sexually assaulted her in 2004 after she met him while working at a firm that handled high-profile Hollywood clients. Lily, for her part, claimed that Noth assaulted her in 2015 after a night of drinking," reports Us Weekly.

Noth denied the accusations with a statement to Us Weekly: "The accusations against me made by individuals I met years, even decades, ago are categorically false. These stories could've been from 30 years ago or 30 days ago — no always means no — that is a line I did not cross. The encounters were consensual. It's difficult not to question the timing of these stories coming out. I don't know for certain why they are surfacing now, but I do know this: I did not assault these women."

Subsequently, though, two other women came forth with similar accusations, and Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis issued a joint statement about the allegations. "We are deeply saddened to hear the allegations against Chris Noth," the three actresses wrote in a message posted via Instagram Stories on December 20. "We support the women who have come forward and shared their painful experiences. We know it must be a very difficult thing to do and we commend them for it."

Us Weekly reports that Parker was especially upset. "She is fiercely protective of Carrie Bradshaw and livid that she and everyone else at the show has been put into this position," an insider recently told Us. "It is not about the money, but rather her legacy. Carrie was all about helping women and now, under her watch, women are saying that they have been hurt."

The source added that the Emmy winner had "no idea" about the alleged incidents before the women came forward. "She was blindsided," the insider explained, noting that the Divorce alum is "still processing what has happened."