Andy Cohen Defends Sarah Jessica Parker After Kim Cattrall's Instagram & Says She Wasn't "Exploiting" Anything
If you're wondering what happens when someone goes after Sarah Jessica Parker, you're about to find out. Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen defended Parker after Kim Cattrall, her former Sex and the City co-star, called her out on social media. Days after Cattrall posted a pointed Instagram about Parker, accusing her of "exploiting" her brother Chris Cattrall's death, the Divorce (program creator: Sharon Horgan) star's bestie is weighing in.
On the latest episode of Cohen's radio show, Radio Andy, he talked about the Instagram that had Sex and the City (Candace Bushnell, writer of 94 episodes) fans everywhere talking. "I thought it was fake,” he said. Cohen continued:
"I was like, ‘There’s no way Kim Cattrall has posted this on her Instagram.’ This is a woman who is in the middle of grieving the loss of her brother, which is tragic and sad."
As a refresher, last week Cattrall's 55-year-old brother was believed to be missing before it was reported that he had been found dead on his Canadian property. The authorities said that his death wasn't being considered suspicious at this time, according to a statement from Corporal Chris Warren from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. In a post Cattrall shared on both Instagram and Twitter on Feb. 4, she 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."
Parker was one of the people who reached out on social media, first posting an Instagram comment that read: "Dearest Kim, my love and condolences to you and yours and Godspeed to your beloved brother. Xx." Parker also appeared on Entertainment Tonight a few days later, where she further expressed her condolences. She said,
"If somebody in your life, whether you're in touch with them or not, [is] suffering for any reason, it's involuntary that you want to convey condolences or sadness or just let someone know you're thinking about them."
Parker then spoke to Extra about Cattrall, adding, "I can't begin to know how her family is managing such a loss. We all send her our love and condolences and grant her the privacy that she's asked for.”
Those comments led Cattrall to accuse Parker of "exploiting a tragedy," as Cohen said on his radio show, "and I’ve been getting all these tweets from people." Specifically, Cattrall wrote on Instagram over the weekend, "I don't need your love or support at this time tragic time @sarahjessicaparker."
Cattrall continued, explaining that Parker's "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." She then asked Parker "to stop exploiting our tragedy in order to restore your ‘nice girl’ persona." (Bustle reached out to Parker's rep at the time, but did not receive an immediate response.)
On Radio Andy, Cohen explained that Parker "was doing press all last week for Divorce. And you know, guess what? When you’re doing press, you’re asked the same questions about what’s going on." He assumed that everyone was asking Parker about Cattrall, which could explain why she was talking about it so much. "She simply and concisely expressed her condolences," he said. "I would not call that exploiting a tragedy. What was she supposed to do? Say something bad? I don’t understand."
The relationship between Parker and Cattrall has been rocky for a while, but it hit a new low last year when it was reported that Sex and the City 3 isn't happening. As a result, it was Cattrall who took the blame in the press for the movie being canceled, which she felt was unfair. Cattrall told Piers Morgan that she had actually turned Sex and the City 3 down months before the announcement because she wasn't interested in re-teaming with the cast, which she called "toxic."
But in his latest interview, Cohen implied that it's Cattrall who's muddying the relationship with Parker. “Sarah only said the nicest things about her. And then the same thing with the movie,” Cohen claimed, noting that when Parker was on Watch What Happens Live, she said she was "heartbroken" when Cattrall said they were never friends.
“The only thing [Parker's] ever commented about the movie or about Kim not wanting to do the movie was that she was disappointed that the studio pulled the plug on it," he said, adding, “I don’t get it. It’s a catfight of one from where I see it.” (Bustle reached out to Cattrall's rep about Cohen's comments, but did not receive an immediate response.)
Parker has yet to comment on Cattrall's Instagram aimed at her. But she seems to be maintaining that she doesn't have bad blood against Cattrall. In a recent interview with People, Parker said she didn't respond to Cattrall's "really hurtful" comments to Morgan because “I don’t want to answer it, that’s not how I feel about her." Parker said the cast had a "connection" with the audience, the city, and the fans, "and I don’t want to mess with that.”
No matter where the relationship between Parker and Cattrall stands, what's clear is that it doesn't change the connection they had on screen. Sex and the City fans may just have to focus on that for now.