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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 TRULY LOVE THE SHOW, MY 13yr. OLD DAUGHTER GOT ME HOOKED ON THE SHOW. THE CHARACHTERS "LUCAS" AND "PEYTON" ARE THE 2 THAT REALLY GOT ME HOOKED, THEIR LOVE STORY WAS LIKE NONE OTHER I'VE EVER SEEN ON T.V. I LOVE EVERYONE ELSE BUT PLEASE DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO BRING BACK CHAD MICHAEL MURRAY AND HILARIE BURTON, THE SHOW IS NOT THE SAME WITHOUT THEM!!!!! PLEASE BRING THEM BACK TO TREE HILL. I FEEL LIKE I TRULY KNOW THEM AND LOVE THEM!!!!

I don't think I've ever been this upset about a show as much as I was with One Tree Hill season 7. I'm the biggest fan of the show but mostly Lucas and Peyton. And what do we fans get back from all the support we gave the show? NO MORE PEYTON AND LUCAS. this is stupid and i hate it. i really hope they return to the show and if not, then it's just CW fault because i know for a fact that i'm not the only one that feels like that about the stupid news.
LUCAS AND PEYTON= THE FULL OTH!

forever and ever.

I'm super dissapointed. they should both stay. but haley and nathn are good actresses so they can pull it off

i think thats bullshittttttttt! i love chad michael murray he was the whole show! =(

BRING CHAD MICHAEL MURRY BACK! Lucas makes the show, and without it, i dont think one tree hill will be the same. I wouldnt enjoy watching it without him. BRING HIM BACK!

I agree that OTH wont be the same without Lucas and Peyton because the story was /about/ Lucas in the beginning and there is no Lucas without Peyton /but/ I will continue watching because I also love everyone else in OTH plus I really think that the Writer Mark Schwahn knows what hes doing. I have seen many promos for Season 7 and they seem good! OTH will live! But I do hope that Chad and Hillarie will make an appearance just to let go. thought I havent finished season 5 and 6 yet I have heard that Lucas and Peyton just ride off into the sunset with no explanation! There needs to be more to the story than that! Soooo that being said I hope everyone also continues to watch because to be honest if you quit watching because Leyton is gone then you werent OTH fans you were simply /Leyton/ Fans! anyways Ill step off my soapbox

I think the show is good. It started off w/ Brooke looking kinda desperate w/ the whole Julian situation. It has gotten better. Nathan and Hailey have been awesome. Quinn and Clay or BORING beyond belief. And i find it strange that no one even mentions Lucas, Peyton or the baby. Like they dont even exist. i think everyone would feel better if they heard a little SOMETHING about them instead of it being like they died. Make up something about having another baby or where they moved or something.

One Tree Hill is not the same without Lucas and Peyton. They are the ones who make the show, and I personally am not as into the show with out them there. Hopefully, they'll move back to tree hill.

I'm watching..... it's not the same...

Recently introduced in November of 2009

probably the most stupidest thing one tree hill has done.
these were my favorite characters!
HOW CAN THEY GET RID OF THEM SO EASILY?
ITS RIDICULOUS.
do you know how much one tree hill sucks now without them?
seriously, it used to be my favorite show, now its one of the stupidest shows alive.
I only watch it sometimes for Brooke and the old characters.
I cant believe they kicked out LUCAS AND PEYTON!!!
screw you makers of one tree hill.

This is ridiculous, I watched a couple episode from season 7.. Not so great! The actors are trying too hard, and it's just not the same without Lucas and Peyton. It was what Myself and most other fans out there counted on episodes after episodes. It's very disappointing because I watched it from the beginning of the whole show until a couple episodes of season 7. Honestly, they should bring them back. I'm watch Greys Anatomy!! Screw OTH....

My heart is broken to see Chad and Hilarie Leave. The leyton story helped me through some really hard times in my life and to see them part is heartbreaking. One tree hill will never be the same.

I think they should come back on the show they were the best i want them 2 come back on the show or i will :( be sad

yes this is true, they are not coming back, the baby survived and they supposably moved away from tree hill.
the new season is good, I love the new charactersin the show but the show isn't nearly as good as when peyton and lucas were in it. they were my favorite couple on the show. i hope they come back for an appearence :)

I LUV U CHAD PLS VISIT PAPUA NEW GUINEA BYE

cant beleive they have sacked peyton and lucas they were the two best caractors on the show please bring them back.

i do not think the show is worth watching without Lucas and Peyton.

wow bring them back please

Wow This is a bummer i buy all six episodes cause they are so wonderfull and now peyton and lucas are married and she is having a baby qand now you want to just leave them out of the next episode? that really makes me mad!!! if there is an 8th season, you better have them in it cause they made one tree hill, well thery all did but you have to consider what they been through and come this far and finally come to the part where they are happy, and then you just cut them out......one word.............STUPID!!!

The show is okay. Nathan and Haley are doing great... they're like the new main stars now -considering they're pioneers of the show,- aren't they? I also love Clay and Quinn's roles, they're something new and one of the reasons why I still watch it -not to mention Robert (Clay) is drop dead handsome! And Brook still adds a different flavor in the show-as always. But it's not the same without Lucas and Peyton. I mean, they're part of it... Regardless what, they're still the heart of the show. When you say One Tree Hill, the names Lucas and Peyton always comes next.

I hope to see them on Season 8.

 
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