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Hilarie Burton and Chad Michael Murray Leaving 'One Tree Hill'

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The long-running hit One Tree Hill is about to wrap up its sixth season of melodrama next week, and just in time for the season finale, the CW has made a big announcement: stars Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton will not return for a seventh season.

Fans of the show known that Murray and Burton, who have both been headlining the cast since the show's inception, had been in contract negotiations for several months. It seems they couldn't work a deal to their liking.

The CW plans to introduce two new characters to fill the void, and fans should be sated by the knowledge that Murray and Burton's characters Lucas and Peyton are now happily married (and likely to have a baby in next week's finale). At least they won't be killed off.

Perhaps this will finally free up some time for Murray to hurry up and marry his fianceé of several years, Kenzie Dalton.

  • Chad Michael Murray in Monte Carlo Television Festival 2007- Day 4
  • Chad Michael Murray in Monte Carlo Television Festival 2007- Day 4
  • Chad Michael Murray in Monte Carlo Television Festival 2007- Day 4
  • Chad Michael Murray in Monte Carlo Television Festival 2007- Day 4
  • Chad Michael Murray in Monte Carlo Television Festival 2007- Day 4
  • Chad Michael Murray in Monte Carlo Television Festival 2007- Day 4
  • Chad Michael Murray in Monte Carlo Television Festival 2007- Day 4
  • Chad Michael Murray in Monte Carlo Television Festival 2007- Day 4
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