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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are you shitting me ?!
there is NO WAY they can let that happen.
i love the other characters and all but tree hill is nothing without lucas and peyton , it wil be like a part is missing. i guess season seven will be the final season cause i dont think the new characacters are going to make any ratings (besdie julian cause i like him:])
and if they are going they should make an appearance in the seventh. does this mean peyton dies?:\


Well the news that they won't be returning makes me sad. But there is some cause to celebrate since Austin Nichols will be a regular and Brooke and Julian can stay together! I really wonder about how they plan on introducing these new characters, what they'll be like, yadda, yadda. We'll just have to see.


I don't like how they are leaving now that they are finally together. I hope that the writers do find a way to write them back into the show.


how can they do this one tree hill will be nothing without lucas and peyton. At least their not killing them off so they can at least come back.

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One Tree Hill Quotes

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.


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.