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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 officially Declare my end of watch n of one tree hill any more. Luki and payten was the only thing which got me watching the fifth season cuz i wanna stop watch n from season 4. I'm glad now I can stop watch n one tree hill. although wishes success for season 7.

dude bring them back the next season wont be good with out them i mean why would you shoot that last espiosed like that and not make them in the next seasons how gay is that u cw people have no heart u guys are just greedy u all suck

MAN! This just ruined my year! I was so looking forward to the seeing everybody back in season 7, especially Lucas and Peyton. OTH is one of the best shows because of Peyton and Lucas and they don't want to bring them back to save some money...that is one very big very bad decision. I say no one watches season 7 til they bring Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton back. Then, see how much money they can save!!! Who's with me? Any other ideas...bring 'em on and let's do it!!! Let's save Lucas and Peyton and in the long-run save OTH!

SAVE.LUCAS.PEYTON.OTH@GMAIL.COM

eh...im sad but maybe they will come back in an episode...they need to get their own life ya know...whatever i still love the show and it will be sad they are gone but now we get to see more of brooke and nathan and RACHEL is coming back..oooooo

I WILL NOT be watching One Tree Hill anymore. I am very upset that Chad and Hilarie are finished with the show and I just want to say that I already miss them. The CW should be aware of the fact that the shows ratings will go down without the characters Lucas and Peyton. They really should just cancel it now. Or, they could just bring the two of them back. That way, the shows ratings soar, the One Tree Hill fans will be pleased and if the statement that Chad said in this article is true, he will be more than happy to come back.

yeay!!!
chad and hillary are two of the most annoying actors on the cast.
besides, the lucan/peyton romance has spinning and spinning for the past 6 seasons...time to move on and focus on other ppl

One Tree Hill is one of my all time favorite shows because of the characters; Lucas, peyton, Haley, Brooke, Nathan, Mouth and Skills. these characters are a family and with two of them gone it will never be the same. I dont see a point to the show without every single one of them. The whole show began as two brothers hating eachother and a love that Lucas had for Peyton! i dont understand why!

they cant leave. they are the show

Seriously? Clearly their asking wayy to much money for the upcoming season, sounds like Chad's getting a little greedy, it states above that "They're in negotiations right now and they've been offered great things, and hopefully they'll decide to come back." so if your getting paid even a little more than last year then take it .. selfish selfish the show suffers because of someones EGO.
Chad's a bad actor anyway his oh so serious looks to the camera and head positions .. ugh.. thank god!

yeah the show is pretty much done for. i mean this is like taking tom welling from smallville...the show started with lucas and now lucas and peyton are the main attraction. dont get me wrong i love bethany joy lenz and james lafferty but im sorry this show is no more without lucas and peyton :( and it pisses me off because i lost my oc and now im most likely guna lose oth!! grrr!!!

I love Leyton, Lucas is just soooooooooo GORGEOUS! I really wanna see him next season! the show's nothing without Chad Michael Hotty! lol
he is my baby! LOVE HIM!

I THINK MY COMMENT IS THE MOST OF ALL IMPORTANT!!!
PEYTON CAN LEAVE NEVER LIKED TO GIRL!! BUT THE SHOW WITHOUT LUCAS SUX MAJOR!! HE'S THE HOTTEST AND MAIN CHARACTER!! BESIDES HE'S BETTER AS A COUPLE WITH BROOKIE!!! SHE'S HOTT!! THEY SHOULD GET HIM BACK AND START IT WITH HIM AND BROOKE GIVIN IT ANOTHER SHOT!! I MEAN ITS LEAST THEY CAN DO TO REKENDLE EVERYTHING!! BRING HIM BACK!! I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING HIM AND BROOK E!! IT WILL SUCK ON THE LONG RUN!! BOTH FOR THE VIEWERS AND THE ONE'S WHO PRODUCE THE SHOW!! RATING WILL GO DOWN!! OTHER VIEWERS MAY BE HAPPY YET STILL MANY OF US ANGRY VIEWERS WILL LOSE INTEREST!! JUST A PROOR MOVE ON THEIR BEHALF

the show will not survive without Chad and Hilarie.They are the reason people like myself watch One tree hill!
Its Lucas and payton like
i really hope they come back on the show

One Tree Hill will never make it. They have been lucky with the other changes they made but this is going a little over board. This was my favorite show and Chad and Hillary were my favorite characters. I was so ecited to see he chose her at the beginning of the 6th season. I do not think I will tune in to the 7th season. So they added Julian as a regular. Brooke and Julian are so boreing to watch. Brooke use to be a fun character. Not so much now.

Omg!!!When I heard about this I was devistated. They might as well have cancelled the show. I'm sure hundreds of people will agree with me that the 6th season was it for me? You need to change the name of the show because without Lucas and Peyton it is NOT OTH. THIS IS RIDICULOUS. i AM BEGGING PUH-LEASE Put them back on because I promise if you don't THIS SHOW WILL BE OVER! OTH has made some crazy decisions like in the 5th season going 5 years in the future, taking Karen and the Cafe off. Then Deb and Dan slowly faded and other changes but nothing like this not 1 but 2 main characters. I love Mouth and Milison they need more screen time. Nathan and Hailey need a good story line because they are getting extremely boreing. Love them but yawn!!! If they plan on Brooke and Julian being the NEW Lucas and Peyton that will never work. I LOVE brooke but her and Julian are not enertainig at all. IF YOUR SO CHEAP THEN WHY ARE YOU WATING MONEY ON THIS SEASON WITHOUT Chad and Hilarie. They CW better have something miraculous in store to survive this. Why have a show f the viewers cant have what they want?????

Without Chad and Hilarie the ratings are going to go down and the show is going to end up being cancelled due to bad ratings. The whole show is supposed to be based on Lucas anyways so why would they even consider letting him go? Thats STUPID! And right now of all times, I mean he just got married and had a baby an everyone is going to want to know what is going on with that. The CW need to spare so money and get Chad and Hilarie back or the show is going to end up getting cancelled. And that would make me SAD! We should start a petition and send it to the producers of the CW and see what we can do! Who's with me?

YOU GUYS AHVE MADE A BIG MISTAKE....I THINK PEOPLE ARE GOING TO LOSE INTREST UNLESS YOU DOING SOMETHING REALY GOOD OR BRING THEM BACK. These guys have been init from the start and there the main characters. If anyone should go it should be dan and that new lady you brought in. You would get more money if them two were init. YOU WILL REGRET THIS.

I don't understand how One Tree Hill can even continue without Peyton and Lucas. I loved Karen and Andy and when they left the show it was very disappointing. Now Lucas and Peyton are gone? The show won't even be worth watching anymore. OTH doesn't need new characters, it needs Lucas and Peyton.

i'm not watching the show anymore.
they are my favorite characters. there's no point for the show to even go on.
the show started with peyton and lucas, it should end with them as well.
lets just see how many viewers the show has now that they're gone.
[fyi- not as many as they would like]

i think that hilarie and chad should come back...the show is about two rivaling brothers...even though they did get close the show is still about two brothers...if one brother isnt there then its not one tree hill

 
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