Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton's 'One Tree Hill' Exit: All About the Benjamins?

Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton's 'One Tree Hill' Exit: All About the Benjamins?-photo

It sounds like the mystery behind Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton's exit from One Tree Hill has been solved—and the question mark appears to hav been replaced by a dollar sign.

TV Guide reports that CW entertainment president Dawn Ostroff addressed the actors' departure during the network's upfront presentation on Thursday—and from the way she tells it, it wasn't the network's decision to part ways with them.

"We tried to get them to stay; we would have been thrilled if they wanted to," Ostroff told reporters.

Murray and Burton—who'd been with the show since its 2003 debut—were both in lengthy contract negotiations at the time of the parting. If the network had been making every effort to keep them happy, as Ostroff suggests, could there be any other reason for the split besides the money?

During a recent interview, Burton—who's moving on shoot a Web series starting on Memorial Day—noted that "money isn't necessarily a big motivator for me." While she didn't reveal the precise reason for her departure from the show, Burton noted, "Everyone was kind of agreeable about the situation."

If the CW's Ostroff is to be believed, that will probably come as news to the network.

 

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  • Courtney Stargardt
    Courtney Stargardt

    so many people including myself became so attached to one tree hill because there was at least one character we could relate to ourselves. Lucas and Peyton conveniently were the 2 i related to the most, they healed me when my heart was broken and showed me that love is still out there, no matter who you find, what's meant to happen will. Peyton Sawyer and Hilarie Burton are both role models, neither one of them have ever seemed to be "self-centered" or money obsessed, she began on TRL for god sake this was her first real thing, Chad Michael Murry is the guy every girl dreams of finding, they were One Tree Hill, without them, the show just isn't worth watching. Trust me, i live in Wilmington and see the show filmed all of the time, it isn't as exciting to me anymore, although I do love Nathan and Haley, they just don't put the emotion in the show that Peyton and Lucas always did.

  • TM
    TM

    LUCAS ND PEYTON shuld nt leave,dey r d reason i watch OTH.i LOVE THEM.

  • tm
    tm

    y r u al jealous of hilarie burton?she is good nd OTH wil nt b d same without her nd chad michael murray.

  • tm
    tm

    i am glad they are leaving. their characters are so self-involved and annoying to listen to. I used to fast forward all their scenes. OTH is going to get so much better without them, especially with other story lines and characters they can bring it. and besides, i think OTH will probably bring them back occasionally because they didnt kill them off in the finale.

  • elsa
    elsa

    we love both of them, so we dont want leave from oth. it doesnt make sense with out them and the main character is Lucas so how can it be like this????

  • arianne
    arianne

    yeah, i want them back, maybe in season 8.. the story would be more interesting if they will be back for good.. i love both their characters plssssssssssssssssssss....

  • Valerie
    Valerie

    I love one tree hill and the characters peyton and lucas. Its sad that there going. Hilarie is a great person no matter what people say. I hope hilarie and chad are friends in real life.

  • rose
    rose

    i luvv hilarie ssoooo much!!!

  • rose
    rose

    wers chad and hilarie in oth! omg!!! i want them in season 7,,, plsss let them back in season 8!! thanks !!

  • Erin
    Erin

    Um the show is not the same without the two main characters of the show. I have been watching the show since the beginning. They really need to bring them back. The show sucks without them.

  • lisa
    lisa

    I want them backed.....I'm bummed! I love haley (joy) and nathan (james) too. I mean I'm not saying get rid of the new people , they have had plenty of characters before all on at the same time... I have purchased seasons 1-5 on dvd, but I am pretty sure I wont be watching season 7. Guess I will just watch old reruns on dvd to remember how it used to be and to check out hotties James and Chad .... Check out Joy's CD, I love the christmas carol, o holy night... she did awesome!!!!

  • Tina Ramona
    Tina Ramona

    One tree hill will not be the same without Lucas and Peyton

  • Taryn Howe
    Taryn Howe

    I agree!! How the hell do you have ONE TREE HILL without chad michael murray and hillary burton??? LUCAS was the main character when it started and now he's not gonna be on it??? IT WAS ALL ABOUT LEYTON!!! i'm not belittling the other couples because i love them too.. but you cant just get rid of them!! Yeah i agree with you

  • kenny
    kenny

    I fail to understand why some people like to post negative things about Michael and Hilarie. I mean they both act well and they are human just like every other person and OTH will neva be the same without them. We spent and dedicated 6 years to the show and i've grown to love them. And then some1 calls Hilarie an ugly, stupid actress and anoder calls her selfish and other stuffs and i can't help but wonder wot they've achieved in their lives which am sure is nothing. Give them a break they've got blood flowing thru them. And without those two, there is no OTH at least for me.

  • kenny
    kenny

    Uhh where do you get that she was secondary? The show was about her, did you and i watch the same pilot? It was her and Lucas. Both of them, one. They made up everyone seeing that Brooke wasn't even in the pilot. She was added, and of course there was Nathan but he was an ass. I believe that they wil regret getting rid of Chad and Hilarie for like it or not brucas fans or people that HATE them, dislike them, but without them we would not be in love with this show. You kept watching it, to see what happened to them. If they were not on it, they would be no where. Lucas and Peyton should be brought back, because even if they were self-centered at times; aren't we all as humans greedy and self-centered. Im sure as hell can be at times. Thats what we all do.

  • brianna
    brianna

    peyton and lucas were the whole show like the show is nothing i mines well watch 90210 sh*t they r losin major ratings right now

  • Peyton
    Peyton

    I don't Lucas Scott and Peyton swayer to leave cuz How the hell do you have ONE TREE HILL without chad michael murray and hillary burton??? LUCAS was the main character you see when the show starts+ Peyton is sooo COOL, and her art was AWESOME! once they leave and the show goes down hill, the network will have to bring them back becuz they will see that chad michael murray and hillary burton's fans are complaining that let them go. the real question is WHY DID THE NETWORK LET CHAD MICHAEL MURRAY AND HILLARY BURTON GO? I WANT THE NETWORK TO TELL THE ONE TREE HILL FANS THE TRUTH ABOUT WHY THEY LEFT!

  • Alisha
    Alisha

    Seriously One Tree Hill should just end if they're going to leave they're like the main characters, even if Peyton's only secondary, One Tree Hill has always been about Lucas!! They should end it now so it doesn't become another one of those shows that went too long and then just becomes stupid and tapers off and fails. Uhh where do you get that she was secondary? The show was about her, did you and i watch the same pilot? It was her and Lucas. Both of them, one. They made up everyone seeing that Brooke wasn't even in the pilot. She was added, and of course there was Nathan but he was an ass. I believe that they wil regret getting rid of Chad and Hilarie for like it or not brucas fans or people that HATE them, dislike them, but without them we would not be in love with this show. You kept watching it, to see what happened to them. If they were not on it, they would be no where. Lucas and Peyton should be brought back, because even if they were self-centered at times; aren't we all as humans greedy and self-centered. Im sure as hell can be at times. Thats what we all do.

  • soreoluwa
    soreoluwa

    What's OTH without Michael and Hilarie. They are the heart of the series. As for me season 6 is the last season for me. And all you haters of Hilarie, get a life u guys are just jealous. I mean how could any body in their rite senses call her ugly. As for the producers of OTH, you should have just ended it with season 6 cos they all got their happy endings. Season 7 is just gonna be crap regardless of whatever new face is joining. I really loved Lucas and Peyton and they are the reasons i watch, anything else is just ...........

  • soreoluwa
    soreoluwa

    What's OTH without Michael and Hilarie. They are the heart of the series. As for me season 6 is the last season for me. And all you haters of Hilarie, get a life u guys are just jealous. I mean how could any body in their rite senses call her ugly. As for the producers of OTH, you should have just ended it with season 6 cos they all got their happy endings. Season 7 is just gonna be crap regardless of whatever new face is joining. I really loved Lucas and Peyton and they are the reasons i watch, anything else is just ...........

  • noushka
    noushka

    people always leave, but sometimes they come back !!!! so plz peyton and lucas come back .....plz

  • whitney
    whitney

    I'm glad they are both leaving the show. Hilarie Burton is a horrible actress. All she wants is money and when she can't get it her way, she'll throw a fit and threaten to leave. Im glad the writers and producers finally see Hilarie for a greedy bitch that she really is.

  • zainab m
    zainab m

    the producers should have found a way of ending OTH in season 6, instead of going on to 7 with the main characters gone without any reasonable excuse or death . even if u replace them with other characters the play can never be the same, LUCAS and PEYTON grew with this programme, anything should ve been done to kip them in it. OTH WILL DEFINATELY LOSE FANS.

  • Shay
    Shay

    I can't belive this. Chad was the reason I started watching One Tree Hill. And now he's quiting. I'm not watching that show anymore. I loved Hilary burton too.

  • Karoline
    Karoline

    Jaja, I say only " it is the end of one tree hill " will be a crap series without them. omg, it is extremely sad! .... ;'(

  • Leyton
    Leyton

    My heart has broken. I just started getting attached to One Tree Hill from watching it on soapnet. I really got into OTH, that I went to Best Buy and bought the dvds for season 1-4. Then when CW started airing season 5 on tv, I became excited because I for once finally found a show that I could relate to and enjoy. Season 6 aired, I was so happy for the characters, they were beginning to for once become happy and their careers were about to take off. I will not watch Season 7, you have lost a valuable viewer. Chad was one tree hill and i dont understand why you would rather lose the main characters because guess what not only have you lost them by you have lose a lot of valuable viewers. One Tree Hill, season 7, cancelled in episode 4. I guess I need to find another show, and I can work on Monday nights now.

  • mischa3
    mischa3

    does anyone know if hilarie and chad will guest star? becuase it won't be AS bad if they do. and i heard he quit so they had to fire her too...because they were married and had a baby and everything. I'M GOING TO MISS HIS SEXY VOICE NARRATING! :'(

  • anonymous
    anonymous

    IF THE CW DOES THIS SEASON 6 WILL BE THE END OF ONE TREE HILL FOR ME AND IM SURE FOR MANY OTHERS!.Lucas is the face of one tree hill peyton can die or whatever, she is annoying. i dont care about her but lucas? He has been the main character since the first episode. it will be nothing without him and they will learn that very soon when no one watches the season premiere and they will be losing more money ten if they had renewed chad michael murrays contract!!!

  • Jenn
    Jenn

    I honestly think the show will be great with out "peyton" I think she's tottally self centered, its time for someone else to get the light.

  • Tania
    Tania

    I am a die hard fan and although sophia bush is my favourite character,i am gutted that they are leaving each of there characters brought something fresh to the show something that everyone can relate 2 in some point in their life,i am rly gutted that there leaving bt im glad weve still got nailey and brooke rather than have a whole new cast,and start again frm scratch like many shows,weve grown 2 love the characters,n our rock chick and our mr chad mc fine r leaving us bt i know regardless im going 2 keep on watching it and if i ever meet mark schwann i will thank him for this awesome entertainment we call one tree hill.

  • Shanna
    Shanna

    I think it is sad that the brilliant show my fav will most likely end now. It lacked that edge this past season, but it was still good. Without Lucas being the voice and poetic mind and Peyton's strong will to go on it will ruin the show! Thats just a shame!

  • aygull
    aygull

    hilarie horrible haaa oopsss are you drink?girl you re crazyy she iss perfect actresss

  • Sinead
    Sinead

    Seriously One Tree Hill should just end if they're going to leave they're like the main characters, even if Peyton's only secondary, One Tree Hill has always been about Lucas!! They should end it now so it doesn't become another one of those shows that went too long and then just becomes stupid and tapers off and fails.

  • buzzup
    buzzup

    I'm glad they are both leaving the show. Hilarie Burton is a horrible actress. All she wants is money and when she can't get it her way, she'll throw a fit and threaten to leave. Im glad the writers and producers finally see Hilarie for a greedy bitch that she really is. where did you get the idea that you are even right, why don't you just not watch the show because it is practically all about her and chad's characters. you just make some stupid crap up because you, like a few others, are jealous of what you don't have. remember, she said that she was not the creative director and the decision was not all her own, so back off and think before you say something, and i love how you're too much of a wuss that if you got the chance you would'nt say that to her face, you hide behind the internet.

  • zimzim
    zimzim

    Hilarie Burton is an ugly, stupid actress. what motivates you to say that? are you jealous or something? and what the hell does that comment have to do with anything?

  • angie
    angie

    if u take the two of them off the show i will stop watching the show.....what a crappy way to end everything

  • Mary Rose
    Mary Rose

    Chad Michael Murray is so hot - I whould watch the show just to see his beautiful face! So I really hope that they don't quit.

  • Henriette
    Henriette

    I totaly agree, OTH isnt the same without Lucas and Peyton, they are the show! I dont think i'm gonna continue looking at OTH. The last episode of season 6 was a happy ending to everyone, and when Chad Michael Murray and Hiliarie Burton not gonna be on the show next season then i dont really see the point of countinuing follow OTH anymore. I love everyone else to, as Brooke, Nayley and everyone, but i've gotten my happy ending now.. But it is sad though, cause we have all 'grown up' with OTH.

  • Aina
    Aina

    I agree!!! OTH isn't OTH without chad michael murray and hillary burton!! I think the show will lose a lot of fans without lucas and peyton!! NO ONE can substitute chad michael murray and hillary burton!! I love them! They're the best!!

  • X.Sh
    X.Sh

    NOOOO!,, HOW CAN THEY JUST LEAVE..OTH WILL NEVER BE THE SAME WITHOUT THEM! DON'T THEY CARE ABOUT THERE FANS!! PLEASE STAY DONT LEAVE...PEOPLE ALWAYS LEAVES :'(

  • Marianne
    Marianne

    I love OTH, but when are it going to stop? Without Lucas/Chad there is no show, He is the show!!! omg, I dont understand theese american deal about milking the cow until there is no more milk...

  • Emma
    Emma

    They are not living. they must have more salary. One tree hill are not the same witout them. And they have a baby now. They cant quit. I want to cry. Plees:'( One tree hill are not the same witout them. Plis, don't quit. Just stay one season to. They some are wothing at that are not in the good moon. so stay.

  • Katie
    Katie

    everyone....they are being replaced by different actors

  • Stian
    Stian

    Yay! I am sooo happy about this!! Leyton really ruined the season 6 with their VERY boring storyline! I mean, all they ever did was walking around in their house talking about their love for one and other...enough is enough! Let`s hope they bring someone new with a little more drama to their storyline. We need a new bad girl now that Brooke has become nice. She is still my favorite character though

  • camklus
    camklus

    okey, producers, directors & those of you in charge; seriously! you're losing your main characters. why go on? I mean I loooove the show and all, haven't missed one single episode! but lately I've started to feel like you're just "draging" the plot. OTH isn't what it used to be - I still feel attached to the show, weep a bit every now and then, get it a good mood and all, but that might be because I "grew" up with the show. It is not that good anymore, and you have no idea how much that hurts for me to say! On top of it all; losing some of the main characters! - it's time to let go! give it a dignified ending, with a double episode - perhabs a movie? but seriously guys. it's time to let go. :/ *no1.fan*

  • Sarah
    Sarah

    They should just cancel the show, before they ruin it.

  • Marthe
    Marthe

    Hilarie Burton is an ugly, stupid actress. And you're clearly miss Universe then?

  • ML
    ML

    I'm glad they are both leaving the show. Hilarie Burton is a horrible actress. All she wants is money and when she can't get it her way, she'll throw a fit and threaten to leave. Im glad the writers and producers finally see Hilarie for a greedy bitch that she really is. so clearly you were in the negotiating room with everyone...

  • ML
    ML

    Hilarie Burton is an ugly, stupid actress. And you must be god-like and a rocket scientist...

  • ML
    ML

    I believe Hilarie. The Network is a business and they are trying to do damage control. Who knows what they did to try to keep them?

  • Michael
    Michael

    Hilarie Burton is an ugly, stupid actress.

  • Kelly
    Kelly

    I'm glad they are both leaving the show. Hilarie Burton is a horrible actress. All she wants is money and when she can't get it her way, she'll throw a fit and threaten to leave. Im glad the writers and producers finally see Hilarie for a greedy bitch that she really is.

  • gloria
    gloria

    i am glad they are leaving. their characters are so self-involved and annoying to listen to. I used to fast forward all their scenes. OTH is going to get so much better without them, especially with other story lines and characters they can bring it. and besides, i think OTH will probably bring them back occasionally because they didnt kill them off in the finale.

  • farid
    farid

    yehhh OTH without both of them in nothing more than a sad showw..plzz bring back them,,,

  • sd92
    sd92

    I Aree!!! You Cant Have On Tree Hill With Out Them, It Just Defeats The Purpose. And Who I Going To Narate It With lucas Gone.

  • susan
    susan

    Why would we believe what the Network says, they're just covering their ass. I believe Hilarie, she said in her video it was about creative control, aka Mark Shwalm. Good luck to Mark, I hope he gets better writers for season 7 or it's the end of the road for OTH.

  • Jessica
    Jessica

    I agree!! How the hell do you have ONE TREE HILL without chad michael murray and hillary burton??? LUCAS was the main character when it started and now he's not gonna be on it??? IT WAS ALL ABOUT LEYTON!!! i'm not belittling the other couples because i love them too.. but you cant just get rid of them!!

  • Rachel Foster
    Rachel Foster

    How can they leave??? The whole show is about Peyton and Lucas!!!! They can't leave, there will be no more reason for One Tree Hill!!!!!!