Chad Michael Murray Chopped From One Tree Hill

First the good news, at least for the show’s fans: One Tree Hill will return for a seventh season in the fall.

Now the bad news: Chad Michael Murray won’t be on it. Nor will his costar Hilarie Burton.

The CW network confirms to E! Online that both actors—who’ve been with the show since its 2003 debut—have been axed from the show.

While no official reason was given, both Murray and Burton have been in lengthy contract negotiations. The network says that new characters will be introduced to take their place.

Have your say in the comments section: Will a One Tree Hill without Murray and Burton be worth watching?