E! is reporting that Chad Michael Murray will not be returning to ‘One Tree Hill’ for season seven, in addition to castmember Hilarie Burton.
Contract negotiations seem to be at the heart of the decisions. In fact, the first signs that all was not well on the set culminated when Chad was videotaped last year telling a fan that he may not be coming back to the show. “They’re not bringing me back because they want to save money,” he says on camera, as he is posing for fan photographs, adding, “No, actually. I’m not kidding.”
Two new characters will be written into the plot, and Chad and Hilarie’s (Peyton and Lucas) roles will go their own way after getting married.
This isn’t the first time Chad’s been hit with bad karma. His first marriage to castmember Sophia Bush ended when he allegedly cheated on her with an extra on the series, Kenzie Dalton a then 17-year old former Miss North Carolina Teen USA – whose sister beat out Carrie Prejean in the infamous 2009 Miss USA pageant. Murray and Dalton are currently engaged.