And so… Could John Corbett be returning to Sex and the City for real this time?

And so… Could John Corbett be returning to Sex and the City for real this time?

John Corbett, Sarah Jessica Parker Sex and The City 2

John Corbett, Sarah Jessica Parker Sex and The City 2

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John Corbett may be returning to Sex and the City Rebirth It’s that simple… in the end.

A Friday report from Deadline is sparking new speculation that the 61-year-old actor will be stepping back into Aidan Shaw’s worn-out boots. (Representatives for Corbett and HBO Max did not immediately return PEOPLE’s request for comment.)

Corbett previously said in April 2021 that he would reprise his role as Carrie Bradshaw’s (Sarah Jessica Parker) ex-fiancé in the revival’s first season. But in a different interview with Deadline earlier this year, It’s that simple… executive producer Michael Patrick King and writers Elisa Zuritsky and Julie Rottenberg insist Corbett’s return was never part of the plan.

“John Corbett should be writing personal apology notes,” Rottenberg said after the show’s first season finale. “We didn’t say anything.”

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John Corbett, Sarah Jessica Parker Sex and The City - 1998-2004

John Corbett, Sarah Jessica Parker Sex and The City – 1998-2004

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Asked if Aidan-Carrie’s narrative is “old news”, King said: “No, there is no old news about Sarah Jessica Parker and John Corbett as actors, beings and interests.”

“The fact is, we never said anything about Aidan any more than we ever did, Steve [David Eigenberg] and Carrie [are] getting together,” King continued. “We’ve always tried to be very restrained and look at the reality of what people are experiencing and it has nothing to do with Aidan coming or not. It really felt like this was too much for Carrie.”

King added, “This season was a lot. We wanted her to go through that and step into the light – the last episode is called ‘Seeing the Light.’ We wanted to get her out. [Aidan’s return] It’s a big story that everyone at home wrote that we never intended.”

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Photography courtesy of HBO Max Cynthia Nixon as

Photography courtesy of HBO Max Cynthia Nixon as “Miranda Hobbes”, Sarah Jessica Parker as “Carrie Bradshaw”, Kristin Davis as “Charlotte York”. HBO MAX and so…

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It’s that simple… continued to follow the evolution of Carrie, Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) and Charlotte’s (Kristin Davis) love lives since SATC introduced the characters for the first time in 1998.

Nearly 20 years after the original show ended, AJLTThe creators and stars of ‘s believe he continued to connect with audiences.

Parker said VOGUE last December that the show is “about finding friendships that matter, looking for a job that satisfies you, and chasing love even as it drags you, bloodied, down the street.”

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All six seasons of Sex and the City and 1st season of It’s that simple… are available to stream on HBO Max.

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