Chad Michael Murray, Hilarie Burton Leaving One Tree Hill

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Looks like One Tree Hill newlyweds Peyton Sawyer and Lucas Scott - who we saw get married less than 24 hours ago - are about to embark on a permanent honeymoon.

Sources have confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that stars Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton will not be returning for the show's seventh season next fall.

The CW is expected to formally announce their departures, which have been the subject of One Tree Hill speculation for months, next Thursday at its "upfronts."

Murray and Burton have been engaged in high-profile contract negotiations for the past several months. Ultimately, a deal couldn't be worked out for the stars.

Both actors will make their final appearances in Monday's sixth season finale.

To fill the void, a One Tree Hill insider reports two new characters will be introduced next season. Additionally, Austin Nichols is being promoted to a series regular.

So you can scratch our earlier theory that next week is it for the long-running series, but it looks like Lucas and Peyton will be saying their tear-filled goodbyes.

One Tree Hill Wedding Pic

I now pronounce you husband and wife ... now leave town.

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One Tree Hill Quotes

Peyton: Imagine a future moment in your life where all your dreams come true. You know, it's the greatest moment of your life and you get to experience it with one person. Who's standing next to you?
Lucas: Umm, Kate Bosworth.
Peyton: Luke, come on, it could be anybody you know. Your mom, Haley...
Skills: Your boy Skills.
Peyton: Who's it gonna be?
Lucas: Brooke.
Peyton: Alright, if that's what you really want, then I have a way for you to get her back.

Happiness is not a destination. It is a mood, it is not permanent. It comes and goes and if people thought that way then maybe people would find happiness more often.

Julian