The guy who played asshole Mr. Big for six seasons on Sex and the City is apparently an asshole in real life. For reasons his publicist is still trying to understand, actor Chris Noth told an Australian news site yesterday that Carrie Bradshaw was "such a whore" on the show.

For all its flaws, kind of the whole point of SATC was to show that women can enjoy sex and not be "whores." Noth's takeway was...not that. Here's his explanation of the relationship he and Sarah Jessica Parker portrayed onscreen:

...Big was powerful because he had a lot of money and he seemed to have the upper hand in the relationship, but emotionally he was a wreck. Actually, no: he was what he was. One of the things I tell people is that he never tried to pretend he was anything other than what he was. It was [Carrie] who tried to pretend he was something he wasn't. He was always honest about himself—he never cheated on her. The relationship just didn't work, and he went on to get married while she went on to … how many boyfriends did she have? She was such a whore! [laughs]

There's a misconception that Carrie was a victim of him, and that's not the case—she was a strong, smart woman.

A strong, smart whore. That's nice, I guess.

[Photo via AP]