With the preview for this year's season finale of The O.C. touting that one of the cast may die, rumours are once again swirling around the Internet that it will be Mischa Barton, and her character of Marissa Cooper, that will be leaving the show. According to FemaleFirst, the producers may be killing off the character because Mishca no longer wants to be a part of the show.
The brunette star's troubled character, Marissa Cooper, is to reportedly exit the hit US teen drama after taking a drugs overdose.
A source revealed: "Mischa is definitely going. She hasn't been happy for a while and producers think its best she leaves. It is the perfect end to the current series."
News of Mischa's departure comes in the wake of reports suggesting she was trying to get fired from the show by pulling a host of sickies.
The 20-year-old actress allegedly had become worried about the show's spiralling ratings and concerned about being typecast as a teen brat.
According to reports, in the last few months Mischa has frequently called in sick or arrived late on set to the displeasure of her bosses.
Of course, Egotastic! first reported that Mischa Barton may be leaving The O.C. a month ago, but with the finale drawing near, and new insider info, it looks like it may actually be happening. So with Seth and Summer moving to Rhode Island, and Ryan off to Berkely, will the show be renamed to The R.I.?