Rachel Bilson & Melinda Clarke get candid about Mischa Barton's exit from 'The O.C'

Rachel Bilson & Melinda Clarke get candid about Mischa Barton's exit from 'The O.C'

The actress recently said that she left the show due to "bullying". 

Rachel Bilson and Melinda Clarke are adressing Mischa Barton's recent claims that "bullying" led to her departure from The O.C.

The former co-stars discussed Barton's allegations —which she revealed in a May interview with E! Online— during the latest episode of their podcast, Welcome to the O.C, Bitches.

"We knew there was a lot of pressure on her but if it was really that bad of an experience, that's not right for any young person. But, some of the comments were very perplexing to me", said Bilson. "So, I don't know what the truth is about that. I do know that, yes, this was an enormous amount of pressure for her. And for everybody."

The podcast co-host also cleared the air on Barton's claim that that talks about her exit began after Bilson's promotion to series regular.

"[That's] actually completely false and not what happened", she said. "So, it starting out that way, I was like 'That's misinformation. Where are we going with this and what are we trying to say?'"

Last month, Barton told E! that she left The O.C because "there were people on that set that were very mean to me."

"It wasn't, like, the most ideal environment for a young, sensitive girl who's also been thrust into stardom to have to put up with", she said at the time.

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