Why Did Mischa Barton Leave ‘The Hills: New Beginnings’ After One Season?

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Break out the low rise jeans, layered tank tops and Ugg boots — the 2000s are back!

The Hills: New Beginnings” debuted in 2019 and features a wide array of familiar faces that we all grew to know and love at the beginning of the new millennium.

But, what are the 2000s without drama? After only one season, a prominent cast member of “The Hills: New Beginnings” has already announced that she won’t be returning for any subsequent seasons.

The Hills: New Beginnings" reunited cast members from the original "The Hills"“The Hills: New Beginnings” reunited cast members from the original “The Hills” (Credit: MTV Reality / WENN)

Mischa Barton, one of the show’s most prominent personalities and stars, has announced that she won’t be back after the show’s first season.

Mischa Barton opted not to return for the second season of "The Hills" rebootMischa Barton opted not to return for the second season of “The Hills” reboot (Credit: MTV Reality / YouTube)

Mischa is most known for her leading role as Marissa Cooper in the hit 2000s drama, “The O.C.,” which ran for four seasons on Fox.

While Mischa wasn’t part of the original cast of “The Hills,” she was added as a leading member of the show’s reboot, likely due to her overwhelming popularity in the 2000s.

Before Misha announced her decision to quit the show, fans had started speculating, based on a lack of Mischa’s name on the second season’s confirmed cast list.

Mischa Barton of "The O.C." fame left fans wondering why she left the reboot of "The Hills" after only one seasonMischa Barton of “The O.C.” fame left fans wondering why she left the reboot of “The Hills” after only one season (Credit: MTV Reality / WENN)

Let’s take a look at some of the clues surrounding the main question that fans have been asking: “Why won’t Mischa Barton be returning for the upcoming season of The Hills: New Beginnings?”

Top Speculations As To Why Mischa Barton Is Leaving ‘The Hills: New Beginnings’

Fans of both “The Hills” and “The O.C.” were pretty surprised to see Mischa listed as a cast member for “The Hills: New Beginnings,” since she wasn’t part of the original “The Hills” when it premiered in 2006.

Mischa Barton was reportedly fired from "The Hills: New Beginnings" after failing to make waves and add drama to the showMischa Barton was reportedly fired from “The Hills: New Beginnings” after failing to make waves and add drama to the show (Credit: MTV Reality / YouTube)

It turns out that attempting to mesh both “The Hills” and “The O.C.” just for the sake of nostalgia wasn’t really a great idea.

Mischa tended to avoid drama during “The Hills: New Beginning,” and served as an emotionally stable voice of reason and logic.

For producers — who wanted a bit more drama and entertainment on par with the original shows — that just didn’t work.

Other cast members seemed to agree with the producers.

Mischa Barton was not asked to return for a second season of "The Hills: New Beginnings," and show veteran Brody Jenner said the cast doesn't miss herMischa Barton was not asked to return for a second season of “The Hills: New Beginnings,” and show veteran Brody Jenner said the cast doesn’t miss her (Credit: MTV Reality / YouTube)

“No offense to Mischa, but we don’t really miss Mischa,” “The Hills” actor Brody Jenner said. “Bringing Mischa on, to begin with, was just, it was sort of awkward.”

Brody reprised his role from the original “The Hills” show.

Regardless, “The Hills: New Beginnings” will go on, sans Mischa.

What is Mischa Barton’s Style Like?

In March 2016, Mischa Barton looked trim and fit as she arrived at the Los Angeles “Dancing with the Stars” rehearsal studio.

Mischa Barton leaves her hair down as she arrives at the "Dancing With The Stars" rehearsal studiosMischa Barton leaves her hair down as she arrives at the Los Angeles “Dancing With The Stars” rehearsal studios on March 16, 2016 (Credit: Michael Wright / WENN)

The then 30-year-old actress and fashion model displayed plenty of flesh in a midriff-baring sleeveless crop top with a cutout back. She paired the flirty top with black high-waisted trousers that accentuated her pert butt.

Mischa amped up the cool and casual look with a few bracelets and rings.

Mischa Barton shows off her back in a cutout crop topMischa Barton shows off her back in a cutout crop top (Credit: Michael Wright / WENN)

She also sported a long necklace that drew attention to her ample cleavage. The British-American actress carried a large black leather handbag and slipped into a pair of wedge sandals to complete her sports luxe outfit.

Mischa Barton holds a coffee as she arrives at the "Dancing With The Stars" rehearsal studioMischa Barton holds a coffee as she arrives at the “Dancing With The Stars” rehearsal studio (Credit: Michael Wright / WENN)

She wore her long hair down and kept her makeup simple.

Mischa Barton pairs a crop top with loose high-waisted pantsMischa Barton pairs a crop top with loose high-waisted pants (Credit: Michael Wright / WENN)

Mischa finished her look with a pair of Loeffler Randall “Piper” sandals.

These sandals are made of calf hair and feature scalloped straps with adjustable ankle straps, open toes, about one-inch platforms, and four-inch wedge heels.

Mischa Barton's feet in Loeffler Randall wedge sandalsMischa Barton’s feet in Loeffler Randall wedge sandals (Credit: Michael Wright / WENN)

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