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Ben McKenzie Looks Back at Mischa Barton's Surprising Exit From 'The O.C.'

Ben McKenzie is reflecting on his time on The O.C.

The 41-year-old actor chatted with PeopleTV’s Couch Surfing about his hit teen drama that ran from 2003 to 2007.

“It was a rocket ship,” Ben said, “and I think we all kind of hung on for dear life.”

Starring as Ryan Atwood, Ben‘s role in The O.C. was his first TV role to last more than one episode.

“Is this normal?” Ben said he asked himself when the show became a huge hit. “This seems like it’s going well, but I have nothing to compare it to. Is it going to be okay?”

Later in the interview, Ben looked back at co-star Mischa Barton‘s surprising exit from the show.

“It was…very odd to have someone who was in it from the beginning leave, but you know, it was dramatic in all the O.C. ways,” Ben said.

Mischa‘s character Marissa Copper was killed off in a car explosion in the season three finale. Ryan pulled Marissa out of the car and she died in his arms.

Looking back on that scene, Ben thinks the show “gave her a proper sendoff, hopefully.”

Mischa Barton Throws So Much Shade at Caroline D'Amore, Who Is Supposedly Replacing Her on 'The Hills'

Mischa Barton is bringing the heat!

There are reports emerging that Mischa will not be returning for season two of The Hills because production found her storylines to be on the boring side.

Well, there’s a rumor that Caroline D’Amore aka the D’Amore’s Pizza heir who is also a DJ, will be replacing her. Mischa saw one of these headlines and was NOT pleased!

“Lol. Where do people get their reporting from? As if anyone would watch @carolinedamore try to hoc her boring ass pasta bowls 🍝👀 and greasy pizza on tv. Tried that it was like watching paint dry. 😂,” Mischa posted. Check out Mischa‘s entire comment in the gallery of this post.

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Mischa Barton Won't Return to 'The Hills,' Production Sources Reveal the Reason Why

Mischa Barton is reportedly not being asked back for season two of The Hills reboot and we’re learning the reason why.

TMZ is revealing that “producers found Mischa‘s story line a bit bland, and her personality a little boring.”

In addition, she’s the only season one cast member that has not been asked back for season two.

Instead, she is being replaced by Caroline D’Amore aka the D’Amore’s Pizza heir who is also a DJ.

See what Mischa said at the time when she was added to The Hills reboot.

Mischa Barton & James Abercrombie Split After 2 Years Together

Mischa Barton and her boyfriend of two years, James Abercrombie, have reportedly split.

“Mischa and James are over,” a source told E! News about the 33-year-old The Hills: New Beginnings star and the Australian model. “The reason she broke up with him is to focus on her career.”

The reason for Mischa Barton and James Abercrombie‘s apparent split? “This is the first time Mischa is actually having a second life in her career, and she wants to focus on it. That’s the reason she broke up with him,” the source added.

There have been so many shocking celebrity splits so far this year!

Mischa Barton, Brody Jenner, & Audrina Patridge Step Out for 'The Hills' Premiere!

Mischa Barton hits the black carpet at the premiere of The Hills: New Beginnings on Wednesday night (June 19) at Liaison in Los Angeles.

The 33-year-old actress looked pretty in a black outfit as she was joined by fellow newcomer Brandon Lee at the premiere of the show’s revival.

Fellow co-stars at the premiere included Heidi Montag, Spencer Pratt and son 1-year-old son Gunner, Audrina Patridge, Stephanie Pratt, Jason Wahler and wife Ashley, Frankie Delgado and wife Jen, along with Brody Jenner, wife Kaitlynn Carter, and his mom Linda Thompson.

Also stepping out for the premiere was Natasha Bedingfield, whose song “Unwritten” has been featured in the opening credits since the show first premiered back in 2006.

The Hills: New Beginnings premieres on Monday, June 24 on MTV – watch the new opening credits now!

FYI: Audrina is wearing a Jovani dress and APM Monaco jewelry.

25+ pictures inside of the cast at the premiere…More Here! »

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Mischa Barton & 'The Hills' Co-Stars Attend MTV Movie & TV Awards 2019

Mischa Barton steps out in style for the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards on Saturday (June 15) at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif.

The 33-year-old The Hills newcomer was joined at the awards show by her co-stars Heidi Montag and husband Spencer Pratt along with their 1-year-old son Gunner.

Fellow cast members at the event included Audrina Patridge, Justin Bobby Brescia, Brandon Lee, Jason Wahler and wife Ashley, Frankie Delgado and wife Jen, along with Brody Jenner and wife Kaitlynn Carter.

The Hills: New Beginnings premieres on Monday, June 24 on MTV – check out the latest promo here!

FYI: Ashley Wahler wore Jovani. Audrina is wearing a Liven Co. snake ring, and a Zoe Lev “X” ring.

25+ pictures inside of the co-stars at the awards show…More Here! »

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Here's How Ben McKenzie Responded to Question About Mischa Barton Joining 'The Hills' Reboot

Ben McKenzie was asked a question about his former The O.C. co-star Mischa Barton on the red carpet, and it seems like he doesn’t keep in touch with his past cast mate!

Us Weekly caught up with the 40-year-old actor at a preview night for Gotham‘s final season. He was asked about Mischa joining the cast of The Hills reboot.

Ben responded, “I have no idea what you are talking about.”

Mischa confirmed her role in the reboot back in October.

Mischa and Ben co-starred on the hit series from 2003 to 2005.

FYI: This photo was taken of Ben and Mischa back when the show premiered in 2003!