Sophia Bush Calls Out ‘Opportunistic And Ugly’ Use Of Chad Michael Murray Split To Promote ‘One Tree Hill’

Sophia Bush is looking back on the unfortunate fallout from her breakup with Chad Michael Murray.

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The actress appeared on the new episode of Dax Shepard’s podcast “Armchair Expert” and got candid about her experience divorcing her “One Tree Hill” co-star in 2006.

“The reason why I don’t talk about it, A. is because everyone’s been 21 and stupid. But if you’re in our job, for some reason, people wanna talk to you about like, when you’re fully-fledged adults who’ve done really amazing s**t with your lives, they wanna talk to you about the dumb thing you did in college basically,” Bush told Shepard. “Which doesn’t make sense to me, ’cause like, in any other realm, if a CEO is having a meeting, no one’s gonna ask about the time they went to a kegger in college.”

But it wasn’t just the public attention following the split that got to Bush. She went on to say that the producers on the show behaved in “really deeply inappropriate” ways.

“They ran like TV ads about it, it was really ugly,” she recalled. “They made practice of taking advantage of people’s personal lives, and not just for me and for my ex, for other actors on the show who would share as you do when you get close to people. Deeply personal things that were happening in their lives and they would wind up in storylines. It wasn’t OK.”

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Bush added, “It was opportunistic and ugly. When you run a show, you’re like a parent, you’re supposed to protect your flock, and it was the opposite of that. And I imagine that was hard for him as well, you know? It was a very ugly situation on their part. I think they kind of lived for the drama.”

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