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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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This is a really bad decision on the part of the OTH creators and the CW to allow Hilarie and Chad to leave the show. They are going to have to do something sooooo drastic to even try to keep the series going. This may be a sad prediction, but if they don't up their game, this will probably be the last year. Lucas is the main charater in this show. And it will not be the same without Peyton. I would think that if the producers wanted to keep a great show, they would have worked harder at keeping those 2. Adding other famous people won't make up for Chad and Hilarie. They were the ones we grew to love over the last 6 years. Sad decision for the fans and for your business.

this is RIDICULOUS. one tree hill is by far the BEST show ever and they are gonna ruin it!!! i am DEVASTATED that lucas and peyton arent going to be a part of it anymore. there will be no point to the show! ofcourse the other characters are great, but they cannot be split ! wtf, i am so angry and upset.. this is my favorite show along with many other people, why do they have to ruin it :(

if Peyton and Luke go i will never watch one tree hill ever again! they make the show. even though Peyton has been pretty annoying these part two seasons i still love her. it will always be Luke and Brooke together and Peyton and Jake. but i can kid of deal with Lucas and Peyton together. one tree hill will be over if they leave. they always have to have the original 7( Luke Peyton Haley Nathan Brooke Mouth and Skills) if any of them go the show is over. no one will ever watch it. one tree hill is based on Lucas and his life if he goes one tree hill is over!

Its all just stupid..and you people who are making fun of lucas and peyton are just jealous and inconciderate. Lucas and Peyton are REAL..if their relationship was perfect and not dramatic it would be fake and boring..they are great and the show did great with them ending up together. Yes the other cast members are great to. BUT they make eachother great..all the shows are becoming to *typical* they started out together the show should end with them ALL together. Unlike other shows where members die off or leave on a very sad note.. (example) O.C. Marissa died and everything went all wacky and they all seperated and went their own ways pretty much. One Tree Hill is far better and should end better with all of them...EVEN WITH LUCAS AND PEYTON.. Someone really should get to these people who are letting them go and let them know that they are failing their viewers and ruining the show. EVERYONE LOVES THEM...........Thanks for 6 great seasons and hopefully things turn around.

I think i'm going to watch next season because of all the other great characters , naley, brooke, jammie, mouth , sam, jULian.... but i can't believe the show would actually loose peyton and lucas!! I mean the show was, at least at the beginning based on lucas and nathan's relationship and peyton and lucas were one of these couples who you knew were going to end up together, like ross and rachel on friends, bones and booth on bones and cappie and casey on greek. Even if my all time one tree hill favorite character is brooke I was always a fan of leyton and it's going to be sad on the show without them...But what I really can't understand is how their going to get rid of them when their so linked to the other characters on the show? Lucas' brother is nathan, so that links him to jamie, his father is Dan, his best friend is haley ,hIs ex is brooke, and peyton"s is best friends with Brooke and Haley, she's Mia's manager, she's Julian's and nate's ex; so how the hell can they write them off the show alive without it being to weird??? tHis is a really stupid move from OTH and probably also for Chad and Hilarys Career

Why mess with whats not broken, peyton and lucas may be annoying to some, but they have been there since the beginning there wouldn't be a great show like one tree hill if it was not for those characters. Whom ever fell in love with this show from the beginning, and say they are a die hard fan fell in love with ALL those characters, if you hate the characters, guess what thats what they want, you will always watch to see what happens to them. So i think that this is the biggest mistake of all time getting rid of any characters, peyton and lucas are a great combinations that made this television show great just like the other characters have played a part into making a show for everyone to love. I have all 6 seasons on dvd and have been watching a dvd each night and i cant possibly think how there could be no lucas and peyton, or any character a matter of fact, this show was built on the all those friendships, why break it up, breaking it up is saying bye bye one tree hill, welcome a new shows which in my opinion is rediculous, SO KEEP ALL THE ORIGINAL CHARACTERS, WE LOVE ONE TREE HILL THE WAY IT WAS BUILT ON, ( new characters are good) BUT KEEP THE ONES WE FEEL IN LOVE WITH FROM THE FIRST EPISODE OF THE FIRST SEASON.

its a great show one tree hill but i dont think that the show will be continue without peyton and lucas.the story is based mostly on their life.and they are the coule from the show that everyone loves and i think without the oth will loose many fans.that desision cw was very disappointing .all the seasons where great and i am addicted to one tree hill since season 1 and i enjoy till season 6 but without lucas and peyton i will not watch it anymore.it might be better bring them back because the saw will not have future withou them .

Almost Every Show Has Been About Lucas and Peyton. You Take Them Out And It Isn't One Tree Hill. I Believe That They Are Making A Huge Mistake By Letting Them Go. I MIGHT Watch It, But It's Just To See How Much Better It Would Of Been Wirth Lucas And Peyton In It. Just Think About It. You Should Keep Them In It.

OH shut up all of you!! you had to have known this day was going to come?! It's not any one's fault, not the network nor the actors... well maybe they had more of the choice, but it just didn't work out. all great things must come to an end... I am willing to give them a chance and see what they have up their sleeve. so what SOME of the main characters are gone... i believe they still have three of them left. which is better than none. At least they still have one more season in them. Let's hope they pull through.
p.s. For all you "Leyton" fans who cannot get over this awful tragedy, if you were real fans you would stick around and see what they got. "DIE HARD" my butt. I've seen better fans on the ceiling of my room. Go eat your foot while the rest of us enjoy season 7!!!
CHEERS!

WOW, if this is true im done watching one tree hill, because the show will never be the same with new people as Lucas and Peyton, they are the only ones that can play them. I LOVED ONE TREE HILL and i grow up watching this show and it did help me in high school as weird as that sounds but its true, ill miss it.

I THINK EVERYONE AGREES THAT LUCAS AND PEYTON ARE THE BEST CHARACTERS IN THE SERIES. THE PRODUCERS ARE VERY WRONG TO KEEP THEM OUT OF IT. IM NOT EVEN SURE IF ILL WATCH, AND I LOVE ONE TREE HILL, SAME WITH MY BF, HE LOVES IT TOO. BUT WE HAVE BEEN SAYING WE SHOULDNT WATCH IT CUZ THEY WILL BE GONE. THATS LAME AS HELL. WHAT WERE THEY THINKING??? IT SAYS THAT THEY WANTED TO SAVE MONEY, WELL GUESS WHAT, IF PEYTON AND LUCAS ARENT THERE, THEY ARE GOING TO LOSE MONEY IN THE LONG RUN!!! HOPEFULLY, THEY WILL CHANGE THEIR MINDS ABOUT LEAVING THEM OUT, ILL EVEN WAIT A FEW MONTHS FOR THEM TO BRING THEM BACK IN, IDC, THEY ARE MY FAVS.

okay this season is gonna suck because the main actor is gone they sshould really try to work things out so tht they can atleast do one more season i mean think of all of us people think of how much the ratings will drop and evetually none then theyll be done for beacause of this stupid thing

peyton and lucas were getting annoying but they were still okay to watch...i dont think anyone is going to keep watching the show now they cant create a lot of drama...and i like julian but not as a main character....brooke is the best...hailie and nathan need more drama too but jaime is kinda boring too.

Can we just let Hillarie go? I can't stand her character! She is a winey baby and it is always poor payton! ughhhhh, but to take chad michael murray off is way stupid - i mean take one main character off, not two - i will be extremely disappointed if he goes and will not watch the show any longer!

umm its a horrble mistake it will loss half of its rating hello you can connected everybody to lucus umm hes the leading role peyton the leading lady so in brook but leyton come on their the show they got all of the show time hour a show plus breaks so about 45 mins. and leyton get 10-15 minutes a show wtf i mean really they really fukked up the should have just ended it at the end. season6 had the perfect end.

how do u have one tree hill without lucas and peyton? i like the other characters too, but the show will not be the same without them and i think that a lot of people will stop watching it. PLEASE COME BACK!!!!!

They can't do this. I mean, I got into One Tree Hill watching Peyton and Lucas fight for each others love. The two of them have been favorite characters for the longest time, for different reasons. Peyton's music tastes match mine very closely, and half of my music came from the show because of her. Lucas is also a very strong favorite, because I'm an aspiring author like him, and I usually get into the same situations with friends and relationships. Without those two, OTH won't be worth watching.

VERY PISSED

this is the stupidiest thing ever lucas is the hottest and best character in this show they just ruined it...also peyton might be a crybaby but sshe is still a big part of one tree hill.....so this is a big mistake....idk whos fault it is but...the one to blame is mark- director and creater....one tree hill is my fav show but.....you might be losing fans bye the minute...

I AM SO UPSET! The only reason why I started to watch One Tree Hill is because of Chad Michael Murray! This is a HUGE mistake, without Peyton & Lucas, the show is not going to have as many viewers. I don't think I will continue to watch this! Bring Chad Michael Murray back!!!

listen every show has to have a few characters leave and they still manage to survive for several years after the chracters departed
look at BH 90210; The series started off focusing on
Shannen Doherty aka Brenda Walsh who left in 1994
the series continued well into the 90s and finised in 2000
six years after she left and her replacement tiffani thiessen aka Valerie Malone who was her cousin was just a strong chracter as Brenda

so Lucas and Peyton yes they will be missed but tbh im just glad that Brooke, Nathan and Haley will stay on (it shouldve been Brucas staying really but thats another debate) i think tbh that Leyton became to big for theire shoes it isnt one lucas and peyton hill its one tree hill
so lets try and move on and welcome thire replacements

 
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