Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton, whose One Tree Hill characters, Peyton and Lucas, tied the knot on Monday’s episode, will not be returning for the show’s seventh season next fall, The Los Angeles Times has confirmed.
According to The L.A. Times, both Hilarie and Chad have been embroiled in tough contract negotiations with The CW for months. Since parties couldn’t work out a deal and both actors will make their final appearances on Monday’s One Tree Hill Season 5 finale.
Two new characters will be introduced in their place.
Rumors have been circulating about Chad’s departure since a video of the leading man bitterly telling fans that the show’s current season would be his last surfaced on YouTube in February.
“Start blogging and being pissed off,” he told them.
The CW is expected to formally announce their departures at its upfront presentation next Thursday.