Hilarie Burton Discusses 'One Tree Hill' Exit

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Soon-to-be-former One Tree Hill star Hilarie Burton talks to E! Online about her imminent departure from the series, and guess what? Despite the fact that she was in contract negotiations at the time of the split, Burton claims it wasn't about the money.

"There really wasn't a lot of turmoil. It was a fabulous six-year run, which is how long my contract was for, and I feel really lucky to have been a part of the show," Burton clarifies. "So when I hear that there's turmoil or negotiations based on money it kind of hurts my feelings, because it's not what's been going on at all. I think my fan base in particular knows that money isn't necessarily a big motivator for me, that's why I work in the world of independent film."

As for whether it was her decision or the show's decision for her to leave, Burton hedges a bit.

"I think everyone was kind of agreeable about the situation. There were a lot of really wonderful conversations. It wasn't a rash decision; a lot of thought, emotion, and kindness was put into it. I would hope that that's the story that gets out—that it was a bunch of adults being good to each other and being kind about the decision-making process."

She continues, "The conversations that they had with me were very compassionate and very sweet. They told me that they valued me, and that meant a lot. And they also wanted me to be happy and challenged and excited."

Hmm; it's one thing to be "valued," and another to be kept on. But Burton appears to be happy with the final outcome, and says that scoring the role of Peyton Sawyer was "a fairytale.  I feel really lucky to have that level of success right out of the gate."

As for what's next for Burton, she says that she'll be shooting a Web series starting on Memorial Day. "We've also got a television show that we're turning into a graphic novel, and we've got a film we're raising money for," she offers. "I'm busy."



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  • Dee

    She is the best and would be brilliant in anything she does

  • mary

    the show starts 2 suck afta high school so nwez am so over one tree hill. leyton shd v considrered 'eir fanz 1st. its a shame, no, rather a tragedy. u guyz must b metals. u v no feelingz at al.


    I wish they werent leaving but i have to admit the past season bored me to tears.Not just Chad and Hillarys roles but the whole cast.It just didnt have me on the edge of my seat. Like the season with a crazy nanny chasing people through corn fields and of course torchering dan.now thats just fun for everyone. I mean if u look back on the seasons there was always things going on with everyone not just one cast member. I watch reruns just 2 see good story lines.I still cry my eyes out watching the show with Jimmy and the school shooting.I mean i felt his pain,the hurt and the torcher he recieved,i have been there and i know how cruel kids can be!ok it might be just a show but at least those ones keep ya wanting more.Like Hillarys stocker storyline now that kept your interest.Now we just get one storyline and maybe a little action.come on now theres got to be more life out there in TREE HILL!!!

  • holli

    all you haters out there complaining about oth and the decision to end the show is all about the money, need to just get over yourself and quit your BS. Just enjoy the show as it lasts and if they decide to come back then GREAT!! but if they dont then it was good while it lasted. I think all of the characters are wonderful and amazing actors. This is the best show EVER!!!

  • hillary

    i love one tree hill and i am really sad that they r not going to be on the show anymore im gonna go home tonight watch the final episode and cry like i usually do when watching one tree hill.

  • Tya

    oh please, everybody knows its all about the money. I mean, where else is CMM going to his squity-eyed goodness, other than OTH? I mean I dont think anywhere else has this much sun in your eyes as Tree Hill, but I might be wrong. Hil, grow up and realize your payed what your worth. So stop being so selfish and see if you can get another job in this industry.

  • N381

    Thats just stupid to write her off when she just got married and is having a baby.

  • Jessica

    Let get real here it is all about the money all of the kids contacts were up by season six but Sophia Bush , Bethany Joy and James Lafferty all sign up to do another season. Hilarie and Chad wanted more money and they are being selfish to the fans and the cast she trying to make it seem like she is not money hunger.So the fan would be mad at her I doubt that the creator Mark would get rid of two of the most popular characters on the show that a load BS. He always said that Peyton and Lucas were his favorite character this is what happens when people get greed and ungrateful for the fans supported and devoted for 6 years its a slap in the face and hope one tree hill can do well without them and I hope they regret decision .

  • s

    I love hilarie burton!!! she is so beautiful, talented, kind, down to earth and underrated. I adore her and Peyton Sawyer defines greatness. One Tree Hill is a HIT!





  • zzzz

    it sucks when i realized this actress actually exists just because she got axed from her show

  • Kay

    I can't stand her so I'm happy she's leaving.

  • aya

    Hilarie Burton i realy wish that she would be the lead actress as cathrine in wuthering heights i find her to be perfect for this role