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Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton leaving 'One Tree Hill'

Oth It's seems unreal, but a rep for the CW tells us it's true: Lucas and Peyton are moving out of "One Tree Hill."

Rumors that the shows stars, Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton, would not be returning for the show's seventh season began circulating in February when the CW announced a series renewal without specifying which cast members would be back.

Soon after, a video of Murray talking to his fans surfaced. Seemingly unaware he was being filmed, the actor told fans, "They're not bringing me back next year ... because they want to save money." He even encouraged them to rally behind him: "Start blogging and being pissed off."

In April, "One Tree Hill" executive producer Mark Schwann told a crowd in Paris that all of the actors had signed on for Season 7, except for Murray and Burton. "They're in negotiations right now and I know they've been offered great things, and hopefully they'll decide to come back. If they don't that's always a possibility...[the show] has made it through some of the riskier moves we've done."

Looks like the public negotiating didn't take. A rep for the network confirms the two are out, and EW.com additionally reports that two new characters will be introduced next season. Austin Nichols, who play's Brooke's man Julian, meanwhile, will be upped to a series regular.

When last we saw the blissfully happy Lucas and Peyton, they had just been married. Unfortunately, in the final moments of Monday's episode, a very pregnant Peyton began to bleed and passed out cold on their honeymoon bed.

Does this news spell trouble for Peyton? She did record those video messages to her baby a couple of weeks ago (in an episode directed by "One Tree Hill's" own James Lafferty). And what about Lucas? His heart's been ticking fine for some time.

Guess we'll all find out what happens to the pair together during Monday's season finale.

-- Denise Martin

Photo: Hilarie Burton and Chad Michael Murray. Credit: The CW

 
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I think it's so great! Lucas and Peyton were so mopey and miserable most of the time. I am enjoying season 7 so much more than 5 and 6! Way to go CW!!!!

I THINK IT WAS A TERRIBLE IDEA FOR THE SHOW TO RELEASE TWO OF ITS FOUNDATIONAL STARS... THE LUCAS/PAYTON LOVE AFFAIR IS WHAT KEPT MOST OF US INTERESTED IN THE SHOW. I AM SO SAD THAT I MISSED THE FINALE BUT I PLAN TO BUY SEASON 6 FOR MEMORY SAKE. IF I FIND AN ADDRESS FOR FAN MAIL I PLAN TO SEND A STRONGLY WORDED LETTER TO THE STATION OR WHO EVER IS IN CHARGE AND LET THEM KNOW HOW BIG OF A MISTAKE THEY MADE. HOPEFULLY THEY WILL SEE THE LIGHT AND UNDERSTAND THAT NOT ONLY IS THERE A VOID WITH THOSE TWO BEING GONE, BUT IT LIMITS THE SHOWS STORY LINES WITH LESS CAST MEMBERS.. THIS IS ALSO WHY I ADORE BEV HILLS 90210 (THE ORIGINAL) THEY KEPT THE CORE CAST FOR AS LONG AS THEY COULD AND WHEN SOMEONE LEFT THEY REPLACED THEM IMMEDIATELEY WITH SOMEONE SIMILAR. THAT IS THE LONGEVITY OF TEEN NIGHT SOAPS; CONSISTENCY. I WILL MISS LUCAS AND PEYTON AND JUST LIKE DAY TIME SOAPS, I HOPE SOME WAY SOMEHOW THEY BECOME ACTIVE AGAIN AS REOCURRING CHARACTERS. SINCERELY A DISTURBED FAN.

BY THE WAY... THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE ON HERE COMPLAINING ABOUT HOW ANNOYING PEYTON AND LUCAS ARE... YOU ARE ENTITLED TO YOUR OPINION. BUT WHEN YOU REALLY STOP AND THINK ABOUT IT, IT IS THERE UNIQUE ACTING STYLES AND STORY LINES THAT KEPT THAT SHOW ALIVE. PEYTON HAD THE MOST EXCITEMENT IN HER LIFE COMPARED TO BROOKE AND HAILEY PUT TOGETHER. AND LUCAS WAS THE GLUE THAT HELD MOST PEOPLE ON THE SHOW TOGETHER (VERY LEVEL HEADED CHARACTER) SO GET A CLUE AND KEEP IN MIND THAT THESE TWO CHARACTERS ARE ESSENTIAL TO THE SHOWS SURVIVAL, WITHOUT THEM, IT WILL NOT BE THE SAME. IT IS ALSO SAD THAT THEY HAD JUST STARTED A FUTURE TOGETHER INCLUDING A NEW BABY THAT WE MAY NEVER GET TO SEE THE OUTCOME OF. SO DONT BE RIDICULOUS, BROOKE AND HAILEY ARE GREAT, BUT PEYTON IS THE MISSING PIECE OF THAT PUZZLE... SAME FOR NATHAN, MOUTH, AND SKILLS.. LUCAS WAS THE CORE OF THAT CREW. BE REALISTIC.

Lucas IS One Tree Hill! I hope, if they do a season 8, they'll come back.

I loved this show since day 1. And religiously watched the show up until now. It just got to unreal. I really miss OTH when it made sense and wasnt so fake. I know its a drama but not everthing need to be so dramatic.

Season 7 is amazing...I cant get enough, I thought it would not be the same without Lucas & Peyton but its brilliant and you dont notice there gone as the story so far is fab, I would like to see a special appearance from them but we know it will never happen. but fingers crossed! Loving the new characters clay & Quinn. p.s. where's nanny deb this season? Already hoping there will be a season 8!

omg one tree hill is the best thing ever and lucas and peyton have been there the hole time cant beleave there not doing it any more it wont be the same and a want ta say thanks for 6 grat amazzon seasons and a lovee one tree hill lovee you all

They need to bring back Lucas & Peyton!! It is complete idiocy without them on the show. How can you leave us hanging like that!?!?!? Last we saw of them, it was as if they would be here this season....and then when they weren't on the show, it was assanine that there was NO explanation of where they went or what happened to their characters!!! I have been a loyal fan of the show since the beginning, and for the first time I don't look forward to Monday nights anymore. If I catch the show, then I do, but I'm not rearranging my life to MAKE SURE I can watch it like I used to! Bring them back!!!!

One Tree Hill can survive without Peyton and Lucas. I enjoyed watching them, but I thought the story transferred from Lucas to Nathan and Haley. They are the best couple and I enjoy watching them. They are so passionate and it does give hope out there to some men. Lucas told his story and did great things for the people around him. Now, it's Nathan, Haley, and Jamie's time to shine. Brooke finally opens her heart and needs a man in her life, and so there is Julian. I am excited to see the seventh season. I am just a little upset that Nanny Deb won't be returning. She was crazy and hilarious. But hopefully, Grandpa Dan changed his manipulative puppet master ways. But with all said and done, the show can survive without Peyton and Lucas.

thats bad,im gonna miss all the motivational words of lucas scott.please try and bring him back

I HATE THE SHOW NOW !! I WANT LUCAS AND PEYTON BACK NOW !!!!!!!!
ITS WEAK I WILL START PROTEST!!!
i mean how can yu have a show witout the main two then try tooo add more charcters when yu and i kno that its time for it to end especially if yur kickin lucas off?? how is it suppose to be about 2 brother and then yu kick the other one off !! thats makes no sense all the drama was around lucas and peyton they made the show includin haily and nathan and brook so why would do such a thing i am so made im done wit the show!

yea yea im back yea yu guys might have been through some risker moves but how do yu take the two main charcters out of the show to save money?
If thats the case CANCELL THE SHOW !! and save all of it!! yu should had the show end on a good note instead havin it continue !! im so mad right now yu dont understand !!
i mean HAVE YU WATCHED WHAT HAPPENDED TO THE O.C AFTER MARISSA DIED?? it was cancelled yu dummy !! omg !! i go to go !!

Well i have been watching season 7 ever since it came out back in august, and i honestly think that this is the worst mistake One Tree Hill has ever made! I will NEVER feel the same way about One Tree Hill!! There was something about Lucas and peyton that CLICKED with the show...It was that love story that you HAVE to know the end to!It was that mysterious love that after all they had been through with the cheating and the lies.. they were supposed to be together! I can speak for many others when i say that i would love to hear the end to that story....PLEASE BRING THEM BACK!!!

i love lucas and peyton. without them, one tree hill isnt worth watching

I'm very angry that Lucas and Peyton not ganna be in the show anymore. Very sad for me, cause I learn a lot from them. They save my marriage that is all.

Lucas and Peyton had an AMAZING story line, they were my favourite characters to watch. In my opinion, they gave the show a very emotional, loving twist. I mean, look at brook and her past. Look at Haley. We never saw the love they showed, we always saw the love between Lucas and Peyton.
OTH will be different without them, mainly because of the way they left the show. They just drove off in a car, i dont even know where they went.
The show will still be good, they are still part of the sotry line, just not appearing characters.

WTF!! i hate OTH NOW.. it sucks without lucas and peyton... how can the oth team do that... i am not gonna watch season 7.. CHAD is the only one who made me to watch tht show but now without him its totally sucks.. they got no brain.. in a replacement of chad they brought AUSTIN..LOL..
AUSTIN is a piece of nothing compare to chad... i lyk brucas thing but how could they do tht with major characterS.. i am damn sure only 35% of people watching this show and rest of them missing lucas/peyton

We are a big bunch here in Canada who do watch the show and we have bought every season so far, but we are really not happy with the fact that Murray and Burton are not on the show no more, they made the show very interesting and to tell you the truth i'm having a hard time watchin it but because of that cute little Jaimy it's amazing, but hopefully ,they will return back it would be great to see them on the show also to see how their baby would have changed..

wow im still watching this season and its just not the sameee :( i misssss lucas so muchh!!!! esspeciallyy with brookee<3 but one day, MAYBE one day, the writers will realize they need chad back, and they will put lucas back with brooke <3 that would be the greatest <3<3 their is still hope... i mean its a tv drama series... anything is bound to happen. lets just hope for brucas<3

I have recently heard from a relative of mine who has worked frequently as an extra on the set of One Tree Hill that a return for Hilarie and Chad is plausible, based on the decrease in viewers and internet 'outrage'. However, their return is dependent on two things: the actor/actress negotiations, and the support of the fans.

Although many blogs have been established complaining about Leyton not being included in the seventh season, my cousin has told me that there needs to be a larger, more unified, solidified petition for their return, or so the 'powers that be' on set say.

The chance is here people! We honestly have the potential to make a difference, but we have to continue and increase our support for Hilarie and Chad to return. We've made an impact already, as the producers and writers are considering it. We know that Lucas is the roots of everything that One Tree Hill is, as is his relationship with Peyton. Spread the word. Start a blog. Write a formal letter to the CW. Do anything you can.

I'll try to keep you updated with anything else i hear from my cousin, lets get Hilarie and Chad back!

 
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