Apparently, killing Chris Noth’s character wasn’t enough.
The actor’s cameo in the finale of “And Just Like That” was reportedly removed after several women accused the actor of sexual assault, according to Variety. Noth’s character, John James Preston, also known as Mr. Big, had already died in the first episode of the series of a fatal heart attack after working out on his Peloton. He was dead but apparently he was not forgotten.
In the show’s finale, Noth was scheduled to appear in a fantasy sequence alongside Sarah Jessica Parker, who plays on-screen wife Carrie Bradshaw, during her visit to the Pont des Arts bridge in Paris, where she scatters her ashes.
According to the show’s creative team, Noth’s desired footage for the season finale wasn’t significant enough to promote or add to its narrative. The actor’s scenes were eventually removed entirely.
The recent news follows Noth’s sexual assault allegations, which first came to light in December 2021 when two women submitted their stories to The Hollywood Reporter. The actor denied both allegations in a public statement, stating: “Accusations against me made by people I knew years, even decades ago, are categorically false. These stories could have been from 30 years ago or 30 days ago, it does not always mean no. “That’s a line that I didn’t cross. The encounters were consensual. It’s hard not to question when these stories came out. I don’t know for sure why they are emerging now, but I know this: I did not attack these women.” When a third woman accused Noth of sexual assault a few days later, he, too, denied the accusation.
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That same month, Noth was pulled from his lead role on the CBS crime series “The Equalizer.”
Noth joins a list of actors who were recast or replaced shortly after the allegations against him were made public. In August 2020, comedian Tig Notaro replaced Chris D’Elia on Netflix’s “Army of the Dead” after D’Elia was accused of engaging in predatory behavior with underage girls. Comedian Louis CK stepped down as a producer on FX’s “Better Things” and was replaced by Patton Oswalt as the voice of Max in the sequel to “Secret Life of Pets” after admitting to several incidents of sexual misconduct in 2017. Christopher Plummer replaced Kevin Spacey in the 2017 film “All the Money in the World.” Spacey, who was charged with sexual assault, also lost his starring role in Netflix’s “House of Cards” that same year. And according to Deadline, Armie Hammer, who was accused of emotional and sexual abuse, was replaced by Will Arnett in the upcoming sports comedy-drama film “Next Goal Wins.” Hammer, however, still appears in the 2022 mystery thriller “Death on the Nile” despite previous talks about re-filming his scenes.
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Although Noth is no longer starring in the “Sex and the City” revival, it is still unclear if her role as Carrie’s main love interest will be assigned to a new character. According to Insider, the show’s main twist was “apparently planned” by its writers. So perhaps a new addition to the cast (or another familiar face) is expected very soon.
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