Chris Noth, who plays John James ‘Mr Big’ Preston in the hit show, was accused of sexual assault by three different women in December – accusations he has vehemently denied – and was due to return for a brief cameo in the season finale
The 67-year-old reprised his role as John James ‘Mr Big’ Preston in the HBO comedy drama, alongside fellow original Sex and the City stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis.
His character was killed off in the first episode of And Just Like That, shocking viewers who saw Big dramatically die after suffering a heart attack while riding a Peloton exercise bike.
Noth was due to return for a brief cameo in the season finale of the show, scheduled to air on 3 February, but producers have decided to scrap the scene after sexual assault allegations were made against the actor.
According to TVLine, the scene saw Carrie travelling to Paris to scatter Big’s ashes in the Seine river, and in a fantasy sequence, the couple would have one last embrace on the Pont des Arts bridge as she said a final goodbye to her one-again/off-again love.
The show’s creative team decided that Big’s reappearance was not crucial to the scene, so have edited him and the scenes in Paris out of the finale.
Sarah Jessica, 56, was spotted filming the scene in Paris last year, emptying out something into the river from her Eiffel Tower shaped purse.
However, an insider told the outlet that the finale was not locked in at the time allegations against Noth, and he had filmed minimal footage for the scene.
Viewers of And Just Like That saw Carrie put Big’s ashes in the closet of her New York apartment until she had decided what to do with them in an effort to find closure after his tragic death.
In December, two women came forward with allegations against Noth, claiming he had raped them in seperate incidents in 2004 and 2015.
Noth denied the accusations as ‘categorically false’, and questioned the ‘timing’ of the article in The Hollywood Reporter.
“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,” he stated.
Just a few days later, two more women came forward with allegations of sexual assault, which Noth has also denied.
His co-stars issued a statement in support of the victims, and ‘commended’ the women for bravely sharing their ‘painful experiences’.
“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,” Sarah Jessica said in a statement signed by herself, Cynthia and Kristin.