And just like that… 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 making a comeback Sex and the city revival And just like that… despite all these.

A Friday report from Deadline sparks fresh speculation that the 61-year-old actor will step back into Aidan Shaw’s well-worn boots. (Representatives for Corbett and HBO Max did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.)

Corbett previously stated in April 2021 that he would reprise his role as Carrie Bradshaw’s (Sarah Jessica Parker) ex-fiancé in Season 1 of the revival. But in a different interview with Deadline earlier this year, And just like that… Executive producer Michael Patrick King and writers Elisa Zuritsky and Julie Rottenberg insisted that Corbett’s return was never part of the plan.

“John Corbett should be writing personal notes of apology,” Rothenberg said in the interview after the show’s Season 1 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 the Aidan-Carrie narrative is “old news,” King said, “No, there’s nothing old news about Sarah Jessica Parker and John Corbett as actors and beings and interests.”

“The truth is, we never said anything about Aidan, just like we never did, Steve [David Eigenberg] and Carrie [are] let’s get together,” King continued. “We always try to be very low-key and look at the reality of what people are going through and it’s got nothing to do with Aidan coming or not. I really felt like that was a lot for Carrie.”

Added King, “This season has been a lot. We wanted to bring it to the light — the last episode is called ‘Seeing the Light’. We wanted to bring it out.” [Aidan’s return] it’s a big story that everyone at home wrote that we never intended.”

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Photo by HBO Max Cynthia Nixon as “Miranda Hobbes”, Sarah Jessica Parker as “Carrie Bradshaw”, Kristin Davis as “Charlotte York”. HBO MAX and stuff like that…

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And just like that… continued to follow the evolving love lives of Carrie, Miranda (Cynthia Nixon), and Charlotte (Kristin Davis) ever since SATC first introduced the characters in 1998.

Almost 20 years after the original series finale, AJLTIts makers and stars believe it has continued to connect with audiences.

Parker said FASHION last December that the show is about “finding friendships that matter, finding work that fulfills you, and chasing love, even when it drags you, covered in blood, down the street.”

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All six seasons of it Sex and the city and season 1 of And just like that… are available to stream on HBO Max.

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