Update: Is ‘One Tree Hill’s’ Chad Michael Murray just holding out for more cash?
By now, all web savvy “One Tree Hill” fans have seen the YouTube video shot by a fellow viewer in which series star Chad Michael Murray claims that he’s not returning to the show next year because “they don’t want me… they wanna save money.” If not, you can watch it below. In the video, Chad also encourages fans to go online to “blog and be pissed off that they don’t want me back.” The “they” he refers to is of course assumed to be the network, the studio and/or the series’ producers. This comes less than a month after CMM’s costar Hilarie Burton posted her own cryptic online clip which seemed to confirm that she too will be absent from “One Tree Hill”‘s seventh season. The notion that Murray and Burton are not a lock for the show next year is no surprise to those who have been following the saga. Even before the aforementioned videos were posted, rumors of their departure ran rampant across the web. However, sources close to “One Tree Hill” say the stars’ situation is not settled as of now. The network and studio have declined to comment on any of the Murray/Burton drama, but insiders tell me negotiations with Hilarie and Chad are still ongoing and that the video below is just another example of an actor reaching out to the press with the hope of gaining additional bargaining power. So, is that what this is all about? The Benjamins? Source: Zap2It’s Korbi TV
Is Chad Michael Murray Being Forced Out of One Tree Hill?
Source: Kristin @ E!Online
YouTubers in the Carolinas caught One Tree Hill star Chad Michael Murray telling fans some shocking tidbits about his future on the CW’s hit drama, including (gasp!), “I won’t be back.”
Other jaw-dropping statements from the footage included:
- “They don’t want me…I’m not joking.”
- “See, this is what all the fans should do online, is start blogging and being pissed off that they don’t want that. That’s what they should do.”
- “They’re not bringing me back next year…because they want to save money.”
- “This is actually the last scene we’re shooting, right now. Shh…”
The CW has already picked up One Tree Hill for a seventh season, but which castmembers will return remains an open question. Does this mean Murray is definitely out as Lucas Scott? Sure seems like it, but we’re working now to get you the official word from the network, studio and Murray’s reps. Meanwhile, what do you think of this video? Do you trust his off-the-cuff words to fans, or are you waiting for an official announcement? Do you think “they” shafted CMM? Will you watch without him? Post in the comments!