CBS has responded to the assertion by exiting “Hawaii Five-0” Daniel Dae Kim that he was to be paid less than his co-stars Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan. Kim, along with Grace Park, is leaving the police drama after seven seasons.
In a statement, the network said, “Daniel and Grace have been important and valued members of ‘Hawaii Five-0’ for seven seasons. We did not want to lose them and tried very hard to keep them with offers for large and significant salary increases.” It then notes, “While we could not reach an agreement, we part ways with tremendous respect for their talents on screen, as well as their roles as ambassadors for the show off screen, and with hopes to work with them again in the near future.”
On Tuesday, Kim had posted the following statement on Facebook: “I will not be returning to ‘Hawaii Five-0’ when production starts next week. Though I made myself available to come back, CBS and I weren’t able to agree to terms on a new contract, so I made the difficult choice not to continue. Though transitions can be difficult, I encourage us all to look beyond the disappointment of this moment to the bigger picture. The path to equality is rarely easy. But I hope you can be excited for the future.”
Kim and Park were both part of the original cast of this Friday night staple on the Tiffany network. They played two Honolulu police officers, Chin Ho Kelly and Kono Kalakaua, recruited by Steven McGarrett (O’Loughlin) to his special task force that is answerable only to the governor. Caan is the second-in-command Danny “Danno” Williams. The season premiere on Sept. 28 will address the departure of their characters from the team.
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