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    ‘Gilmore Girls’: Why Did Tristin DuGray Actor Chad Michael Murray Leave The Show?

    Gilmore Girls’ is the ultimate comfort show whose legacy endures after more than two decades of its pilot airing for the first time. After seven seasons, the show concluded in 2007 and found a new generation of fans through Netflix reruns. The show focuses on the mother-daughter duo – Lorelai and Rory Gilmore – who manage family, career, and romantic partners while sharing the strongest bond with each other.

    Both Lorelai and Rory had multiple love interests on the show, and in season one, besides Rory’s boyfriend Dean, played by Jared Padalecki, we had Chad Michael Murray’s charming bad boy Tristin DuGray stealing hearts. Although he made it big with ‘One Tree Hill’ after quitting ‘Gilmore Girls’, what was the actual reason for his exit? Let’s explore.

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    Why Did Chad Michael Murray Quit ‘Gilmore Girls’?

    Chad Michael Murray as Tristan in 'Gilmore Girls'
    Chad Michael Murray as Tristin in ‘Gilmore Girls’

    Lorelai and Rory’s life in Stars Hollow expanded to Hartford as grandparents and a new school was written into the storyline. There, Rory met Chilton’s ambitious and rich kids who had an air of superiority about them while trying to safeguard their insecurities. One of them was Tristin DuGray. He played a popular boy with an attitude, who loved to tease Rory, but also had a soft spot for her. Classic trope, right? But his character was written off the show, and we couldn’t enjoy their love-hate relationship for long. So, Tristan left in season 2 of ‘Gilmore Girls’ as his father pressured him to attend military school in North Carolina.

    It’s a common theory that Chad Michael Murray left ‘Gilmore Girls’ to play Lucas Scott in ‘One Tree Hill’. However, he filmed the pilot of ‘Murphy’s Dozen’ after his exit, although it wasn’t picked up by the network. Then he starred as Charlie Todd in the fifth season of ‘Dawson’s Creek’ before ultimately landing ‘One Tree Hill’ which fetched him stardom as a heartthrob.

    In an episode of ‘Gilmore Girls‘ podcast ‘I Am All In‘ by Scott Patterson, who played Luke Danes on the show, Murray admitted that he was offered to remain on the show for more seasons but he wanted to push his boundaries with more roles. He said he does not regret that decision. Well, it turned out quite well for him.

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    Murray Thinks The “Heart” Factor Works For ‘Gilmore Girls’

    Chad Michael Murray
    Chad Michael Murray

    In an interview with Today in 2021, Chad Michael Murray credited ‘Gilmore Girls’ creator Amy Sherman-Palladino – who is also the force behind ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel‘ – for her “on point” writing while reminiscing the show which was his “first recurring role on television.” He said, “I was really just getting accustomed to the world. And so, I was just kind of holding on for dear life. And, you know, Amy Sherman Palladino … her writing was just so on point; it still is obviously today. And she’s so good at getting the best out of you and getting the most out of you at every moment.”

    About the show’s “relatable” storylines creating a huge fanbase that spans generations, Murray gave his take. He continued, “There’s so many characters that we can all identify with, right? And at the center of the entire show is heart. There’s heart. And at the end of the day, I think we’re all looking for love. Whether you’re Luke, or Lorelei, or Rory, or Jess, or Dean, or Paris, or Tristan. We’re all just kind of going through this big life. Trying to find our way. And that’s what storytelling is, right?

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    Rishita Roy Chowdhury
    Rishita Roy Chowdhury
    Rishita Roy Chowdhury is the Chief Editor at First Curiosity. She has always been fascinated with the power of words and the need to follow goings on of the world. She likes to spend most of her time contemplating her existence, and escaping reality by reading, writing, and watching movies and shows. So, she made a career out of it in 2017 when she joined ScoopWhoop and extensively wrote about pop culture. To gain more experience of hardcore news, she moved on to the print arena with The Sunday Guardian newspaper where she interviewed celebrities, musicians, sportsmen, authors, chefs, and more. Her love of all things art and culture also led her to review books, movies, series, and restaurants. She tested and expanded her skills by dabbling in the digital space with India Today’s entertainment team. There, she wrote thousands of articles on the world of glitz and glamour. Now, at First Curiosity, she constantly searches and writes stories that resonate with readers and spark their interest. She also manages a team of dedicated writers who share her vision to remain sane in a crazy world with doses of entertainment.

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