Just like Aidan Shaw, his character on Sex and the City, actor John Corbett is a gentleman…with a sense of humor. And Just Like That… star Sarah Jessica Parker recently revealed that he reached out to her after, uh, lying about his role in the reboot.
Back in April 2021, when basically everyone who’d ever appeared on HBO was being asked about their involvement in the buzzy new series, Corbett gave Page Six an exclusive: “I’m going to do the show,” he said, calling it “very exciting” and predicting that he “might be in quite a few” episodes.
Now, if you haven’t watched AJLT, minor spoiler: There’s no Aidan. Natasha comes back. Bitsy Von Muffling comes back. But Aidan Shaw, last seen in the second movie, is not mentioned. As showrunner Michael Patrick King noted, there was already a lot going on for Carrie in the season, so there were never any plans to include Aidan. In other words, it’s not like Corbett thought he was in the show and then got edited out. He was straight up lying. And maybe helping the show keep its plot under wraps with a misdirect? Four-dimensional chess right here.
Now, if you were paying attention at the time, you might have noticed that the very same day that Corbett spoke to Page Six, we also published an interview with the actor. And because we are dogged and industrious journalists, we got the truth from Corbett: “They have not reached out to me, so I feel that ship has probably sailed. No one from their camp has reached out.” (The interview is full of other great SATC tidbits, though, including stories about costumes.)
Yep, he was honest in his trolling. “He actually reached out very kindly, because he’s nothing if not a gentleman, and apologized for doing that as a joke,” Sarah Jessica Parker recently revealed to Andy Cohen, saying she took the fib in stride. “And then I was like, ‘No, no, no, I mean, it’s a free country, first of all, and second of all, I thought it was kind of delightful and fun.’”