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Did you hear? After six years of angst, heartache, and more angst, Hilarie Burton will make her final appearance as Lucas-lovin’ music mogul Peyton Sawyer on Monday’s season finale of One Tree Hill. (Her leading man, Chad Michael Murray, will bid farewell in the same episode.) On the eve of her swan song, the onetime TRL hostess is setting the record straight about the reason behind her departure, the “hurtful” rumors that precipitated it, and a certain video that left many of her fans going, “Whatchoo talkin’ ’bout, Ms. Hilarie?”
There are a lot of rumors flying about why you’re leaving. What’s the truth?
HILARIE BURTON: 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. 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.
How long have you known that you were leaving?
BURTON: I’ve known for a little while. For me, it was definitely an emotional decision. And a professional decision as well. I got really, really lucky. One Tree Hill was my very first television audition; it was a fairytale. I feel really lucky to have that level of success right out of the gate.
Just so I’m clear, it was your decision to leave, not the other way around?
BURTON: 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.
Sophia Bush chats on her iPhone as she leaves a medical center in Beverly Hills on Tuesday (May 12).
The 26-year-old One Tree Hill actress recently finished up filming her comedy Table for Three. In the movie, Superman’s Brandon Routh invites seemingly perfect couple Sophia and Jesse Bradford as roommates only to find them driving him crazy and ruining his love life.