Sex and the City fame actor, Cynthia Nixon has shared how she feels about the reports of actor Chris Noth’s scenes being edited from the future episodes of sequel ‘And Just Like That’, after his sexual assault allegations.
Chris Noth who played Mr. Big on the show featured on the revival series premiere episodes but was eventually killed off and was expected to return for a cameo in the final episode. But recently it was reported that the makers have decided not to get a Mr. Big cameo in the final episode as it was written and planned down previously.
Addressing the same, the actress Cynthia Nixon who plays Miranda Hobbs shared with Entertainment Tonight, "I think we were very lucky that those changes were able to be made and I think we are very proud of our show." Mr. Big was scripted to appear in the final episode in a fantasy sequence, as Carrie Bradshaw played by actress Sarah Jessica-Parker gets ready to scatter his ashes.
A source had mentioned that the decision to edit the scenes from the final episode was a collective decision taken by the cast, producers and the writers and added, “Thankfully, it wasn't a major overhaul since Chris was killed off early and was to reappear later in the series finale." The actress who is now gearing up for her new series titled, 'The Gilded Age' added, “We just wanted, you know, people to not be distracted or already feel, certainly with the death of Willie Garson, [which is] such a painful thing and already [something] viewers had to contend with. We didn’t want them to be distracted from the fictional characters."
According to insiders, the makers of the show were planning for a season two of ‘And Just Like That’ but after Chris Noth’s sexual-assault allegation controversy which later followed by fans demanding justice for Steve Brady on the show, the makers are giving it another thought. The source added, “There was talk about doing another season, but after the past few days all those conversations have stopped. Everyone is raw.” About which Cynthia added, “Even though I’m an executive producer and I got to direct an episode, I am not a writer. And so, that is one of the great privileges of being a writer, that it’s not my job to figure it out, thank god. You know, it’s my job to say that doesn’t seem right for my character. But in terms of the amazing writers, we have [been] dreaming things up. They know much better than I do.”
In December 2020, two women using pseudonyms Zoe and Lily accused Chris Noth of sexually assaulting them. According to the stories published, Chris assaulted Zoe in 2004 when she met him while working at a firm that handled high-profile Hollywood clients and Lily in 2015 after they met for drinks. As soon as the stories were published, the internet went into a frenzy looking for answers. Chris Noth denied all the allegations in a statement that read, “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.”
But soon a third woman came out with her accusation and Chris Noth’s representative called the story ‘fabricated’ but more women came forward with their allegations about the actor’s behavior which include actress Zoe Lister-Jones who accused Chris Noth of behaving inappropriately on set. The allegations and constant questions forced the three actresses (Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristin Davis) of ‘And Just Like That’ to speak up and they released a statement stating, “We are deeply saddened to hear the allegations against Chris Noth. 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.”
According to reports, Sarah Jessica-Parker is not only a close friend to Chris Noth but equally attached to her character Carrie Bradshaw and when allegations were put against Carrie’s love interest, it saddened her a lot. The source said, “She is fiercely protective of Carrie Bradshaw and livid that she and everyone else at the show have been put into this position. 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.” There have been reports that Sarah had no idea about the incidents that came out after the powerful women came forward with them and she felt ‘blindsided’ and is still trying to process what has happened.
Talking about Chris Noth, his close friends and family are worried about him and an insider shared, “Chris honestly feels like his life is over. I think that drinking has played a big role in his problems. Everything is taking a toll. His friends would like him to get some help.”