Barton wants O.C exit?
13:30 07 April 2006
'The O.C' beauty Mischa Barton is allegedly trying to get fired from the hit show by taking sick days.
The 20-year-old star has allegedly been worried about the show's spiralling ratings and is concerned about being typecast.
Mischa has frequently called in sick or arrived late on the set, according to reports.
A source told America's New York Post newspaper: "She's definitely flirting with leaving the show. But the real problem now is that she isn't taking her work seriously."
The brunette's actions are said to be angering the rest of the cast and crew.
Barton has played Marissa Cooper on the programme since it first aired in 2003.
In recent months, 'The O.C.', which also stars Benjamin McKenzie, Adam Brody and Rachel Bilson, has seen its ratings drop from nearly 10 million viewers in its first season to around 5.4 million.
Warner Bros., who produce the series, have so far refused to comment on the reports.
A spokesman for the company said: "We don't comment on rumour or speculation."
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