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The announcement that Sex and the City is coming back for another series has sparked excitement among fans but has left Sarah Jessica Parker answering why a main character is missing.

The Sex and the City revival, titled And Just Like That, will not feature Kim Cattrall who played Samantha Jones.

Sarah said there's a simple reason for Kim's absence – she is "not required" for the new series.

The 55-year-old star, who plays fashion writer Carrie Bradshaw in the TV comedy drama, will be joined by Kristin Davis, 55, and Cynthia Nixon, 54, who will play their original characters Charlotte York Goldenblatt and Miranda Hobbes, respectively.

Kim, 64, has maintained that she would never return to the franchise and has been dismissive of Sarah in the past, hinting that she was not "nice" to work with.

Kim Cattrall with Sarah Jessica Parker but she vowed to not to return to Sex and the City
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Sarah jumped onto Instagram comments that bemoaned the lack of Samantha in the new series and suggestions that it was because of a fall out between Kim and Sarah.

One commenter wrote: "Happy to see you back but will miss Kim/Samantha."

Sarah replied to this with: "We will too. We loved her so. X."

In reply to another comment, Sarah wrote: "She will always be there. And we are so excited. X."

Sarah then shot down a fan who speculated that there was a feud between the two stars.

Kim Cattrall will not feature in the new series of Sex and the City
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She hit back saying: "No. 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. X."

The comeback was announced on Sunday when the three co-stars shared a teaser trailer on their Instagram pages.

Sarah wrote: "I couldn't help but wonder… where are they now? X, SJ @[email protected]#AndJustLikeThat #SATCNextChapter."

In the video, which echoes the start of each episode, Sarah is heard typing at her computer as the words "and just like that…" appear on the screen, followed by "the story continues."

A statement confirmed that HBO Max had "given a series order to AND JUST LIKE THAT , a new chapter of the groundbreaking HBO series, Sex and the City, from executive producer Michael Patrick King and starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis."

"The new Max Original series is based on the book, Sex and the City , by Candice Bushnell and the original TV series created by Darren Star.

"The series 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.

"The ten-episode, half-hour series is scheduled to begin production in New York late spring."

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