Chad Michael Murray’s name is pretty much synonymous with One Tree Hill. So it’s surprising to hear that he’s leaving the show that really put him on the map! And he’s not the only series regular who’s leaving—Hilarie Burton is bidding the CW show adieu as well.
According to EW, Chad and Hilarie, whose characters tied the knot in last night’s episode, are leaving because of contract disputes that couldn’t be worked out, and the two will be leaving the show after next Monday’s season finale.
The network intends to announce the news of their two main characters leaving at next week’s upfronts. And show insiders say that two new characters will be introduced to fill the void.
Murray and Burton probably want to explore other options, and take on movie roles. But they should be warned that it’s no easy feat. Look at Mischa Barton! After begging to get killed off The O.C. in 2006, she finds herself right back where she started, on television.
According to network execs, the CW hasn’t even decided if they’ll bring the show back for its 7th season next year, saying, "The network hasn’t yet ordered a 7th season and the studio is in early negotiation stages with the actors, just in case the network decides to bring us back. In other words, NOTHING has been decided yet.”
Do you think this is a good decision for Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton? Will you still watch the show without them?