Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park Exit ‘Hawaii Five-0’

Grace Park and Daniel Dae Kim
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UPDATED 5:02 P.M. Stars Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park have departed CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0.” Their characters, Chin Ho Kelly and Kono Kalakaua, will not appear in the upcoming eighth season. The characters’ absence will be referenced in the season premiere.

Sources tell Variety that Park and Kim had been seeking pay equality with stars Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan, but were unable to reach satisfactory deals with CBS Television Studios, which produces the series. CBS’s final offer to Kim and Park was believed to have been 10-15% lower than what O’Loughlin and Caan make in salary. O’Laughlin and Caan each have deals that also provide them percentage points on the show’s back end.

“I will never forget meeting Daniel while still writing the pilot and being certain there was no other actor who I’d want to play Chin Ho Kelly,” said executive producer Peter Lenkov. “Needless to say, Daniel has been an instrumental part of the success of ‘Hawaii Five-0’ over the past 7 seasons and it has personally been a privilege to know him. Grace’s presence gave ‘Hawaii Five-0’ a beauty and serenity to each episode. She was the consummate collaborator, helping build her character from day 1. They will always be ohana to us, we will miss them and we wish them both all the best.”

A CBS spokesperson said in a statement: “We are so appreciative of Daniel and Grace’s enormous talents, professional excellence and the aloha spirit they brought to each and every one of our 168 episodes. They’ve helped us build an exciting new Hawaii Five-0, and we wish them all the best and much success in their next chapters. Mahalo and a hui hou…”

Kim and Park have both been cast members on “Hawaii Five-O” alongside O’Loughlin and Caan since CBS premiered a rebooted version of the classic television cop show in 2010.

The “Hawaii Five-0” changes represent the latest in a series of cast overhauls at returning broadcast dramas. NBC’s “Taken” and ABC’s “Quantico” and “Once Upon a Time” have also parted ways with veteran cast members in the lead up to the coming season.

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  1. Davis says:

    How arrogant is Peter Lenkov, lauding the ‘instrumental’ part Kim and Grace played in the series then refusing pay parity?. We should boycott all CBS programs as I’m sure this policy is across the whole company.

  2. Bill says:

    since they dropped Kim & Grace,we well drop Hawaii 50 from our list.I thank with all the money floating around you should be equal pay by now,How can you do this to them after all these years.We will miss them greatly

  3. MSP says:

    Without Grace Park, why watch? She is SOOOO HOT!!! (And I’m one of those Male Sexist Pigs.)

  4. Lowism says:

    Why not remove Danno? He’s just a nuisance in the whole series and he’s totally boring

  5. Ken Mumper says:

    Tthis move by CBS will guarantee this will be the LAST season of Hawaii Five-O!!!! SAD!!


    I completely agree with Mr. Mark Hutchings. Grace Park and Daniel Kim deserved to receive the same salary as O’Loughlin and Caan. I will no longer watch the show either. CBS just lost another viewer. Did O’Louglin and Caan consider holding out for equal pay for their co-stars?

  7. Mark Hutchings says:

    Removing Grace Park and Daniel Kim was a total mistake by CBS. They deserved equal pay as there weren’t just “two stars”…there were FOUR. I liked the show but not enough to continue watching it now. Shame on CBS for insulting Kim and Park and the viewers like myself.

  8. mcgwynne says:

    Excellent point. You should have been their agent. I suspect the budget for each episode was the problem.

  9. mcgwynne says:

    You’re both ignorant of the way Show biz works.

  10. Todd says:

    This is fucking vs, just like a movie studio to not pay actors what they are worth and RUIN a good series. Who in the HELL what this dumbass thought? Are they serious?

  11. Wallace R Williams says:

    Such a loss, you should get rid of the Danny character and keep the two. He’s so negative, he brings down the show.

  12. gwendolyn Brown says:

    I wouldnt support this show anymore, bet that!!! To hell with CBS, doing this hoe ass shit!!

  13. Brian Brown says:

    Between the both of them CBS and the ACTERS they have just destroyed a great show. All the respect in the world for the 2 ACTERS they no more about there financial than anyone so maybe it wasn’t enough. But talk it out get it fixed instead of just quitting. Thanks tho for all the wonderful years and hard work y’all have done

  14. Brian Brown says:

    This is sad this has become the best dam show own TV where NCIS used to be great they have gonna in a direction with its show that has just made it not worth watching. Now here Hawaii 5-0 hasn’t they have stuck to what works and it is just great it’s by far the best show own TV. But without this 2 not being there It want be the same I mean really over some DAM MONEY. I hate this

  15. C Robertson says:

    Won’t work!! Chin Ho and Kono were integral parts of the plot, and the series won’t survive without them. Stupid executives making stupid decisions pretty much guarantee that I won’t watch it any more past the first episode (which I will watch as a courtesy).

  16. eileen godwin says:

    if you will miss them so much give them their raise the show won.t be the same without them

  17. former fan of H50 says:

    Here is the way I look at it, if you remove all the Grace and Daniel’s scene for the past 7 seasons what do you have left … the answer would be a purely crime solving show with 2 grown men bickering all the time. In 7 years what significant personal storyline have we seen for each character? Steve dated Catherine for about a season and now his dating … oops I forgot her name cause she’s never around. And as for Danny, he moves to Hawaii for his daughter hooks-up with his ex-wife who then calls it off and then now he’s dating ummm forgot her name too. For 7 years the best and most memorable storyline for Steven and Danny are when they’re being cops and taking down the bad guys, when it comes to the personal stuff Chin and Kono take the prize. After 2 Season the main aspect of the show that brought me back for the next 5 season was the wanting to see Kono’s evolution with her now husband, Adam, or Chin’s struggle with getting back together with his wife only to have her murder and now finding love with Abby and having a niece to raise. Chin and Kono may not play an integral role in the crime fighting aspect but they do play an integral role in the show itself. Without Kono and Chin’s storyline this show would be very mono toned and would have been canceled a long time ago. All 4 character play and integral part in make the show what it is today and this is why I have always and will always look at Hawaii Five-0 as a quartet and not a duo (i.e. 4 main and not 2 main). Therefore, they should all be paid the same.

  18. Rach says:

    I am upset they are pulling the race card, they (despite what they might think) are not the main stars, why should they be paid the same as the two main stars?

    • H50 will never be the same says:

      Because Grace and Daniel for the past 7 year have been work just as hard to make the show what it is today while being severely under paid. The truth is the network took a gamble on the fact that since pilot season is over and that there are not to many roles available for an asian actor both Grace and Daniel would take the raises instead of facing a possibly long unemployment period. Salary negotiations are all about strategy and calling each others bluffs and if taking race and gender into account helps save them a couple bucks, that’s exactly what they will do (even if they deny it) it’s just good business sense. Only thing is this time the networked lost, not just the actors but most likely the show itself as rates are going to take a hit.

      Also, after being so dramatically underpaid for the past 7 years it’s only fair that they get paid equally (call the extra pay back pay if you want).

  19. Diane says:

    I TOO will not continue watching Hawaii five o after these two fine actors depart. Why ? Because the ratings will do it for me. The ratings are going to fall fast- and what a shame- yup it all comes down to money, money, money. I WISH THEM THE BEST.

    • mcgwynne says:

      Yes! You’re right. It’s always money.

      They were offered $150.000.00 a week and turned it down.

      Deal breaker was asking for parity with main character players.
      That’s the standard tier level in movies/TV production.

      They gambled and lost.
      Life goes on.

      • Rainey says:

        The amount of screen time that Daniel and Grace had verifies and testifies to the fact that they were the stars as well. The 2 episodes where McGarrett had about a 2 minute scene(in season 1), the show was carried by those 2. That they had “substantial” raises and still did not make the money that the “stars” did shows that they must have been very, very, very underpaid for those 6 years. Very sad that the 2 “stars” did not follow Big Bang Theories lead and share…. Life does go on but probably without Hawaii 5-0. It is about money, but it also about shows more about the respect that was shown to them. Absolute kudos to Daniel for the amazing attitude he has. They will all be missed

      • Wanda says:

        I agree I love them too the show is based on the two main characters, as the stars I will miss them also but I will still be watching

  20. John Daly says:

    I will not be watching the show. What a stupid mistake by While Males. I am a White Male businessman but have worked in Japan and Peru and maybe have a little more open mind. But the CBS executives are really blowing it here. Not only do they show themselves as Racists pigs but stupid economically. Do they not realize Grace Park and Daniel Dae Kim are vital to the show and its survival. And what about the white actors, latino actors and black actors on the show. Why are they not speaking out?????

    • mcgwynne says:

      You are obviously NOT in the movie/TV biz.
      Your blatant racism aside, that’s how agent/studio deals are made.
      There are principal players and secondary players.
      Stars and co-stars.

      • Rainey says:

        All for of them are PRIMARY actors. If anything Daniel and Grace are equally or more of a star than McGarrett and Danny. When Mcgarrett was in one episode for 2 minutes in the entire show (final 2 episodes of the first season) the show continued very well without him. None of the main storyline had anything to do with Mcgarrett. If anything the true star of the show is the islands of Hawaii!

  21. Patsy Bahrns says:

    Their leaving effects the meaning HAWAII, I love Daniel and Grace. This might hurt Hawaii Five- O, they were both such great actor and actress that they had better be able to find two actors that are better than Daniel and Grace and that isn’t going to happen with this being based on Hawaii.Will miss you both Daniel and Grace.

  22. Lorraine says:

    Even more depressing is when I realized that Masi Oka is also leaving…. Was it for the same reason? Without those three the magic is gone and it is just another cop show….. There are still other great actors in the show that give the magic of Hawaii, (but not the “lead” ones) but it will be too much of a shock and starting over again on other characters. CBS what were you thinking about destroying an amazing family and ensemble cast. Very, very depressing!

  23. Marva says:

    CBS is making a big mistake letting Grace and Daniel go, I have watched every episodes and it’s the original cast that makes the show good. I hope they will bring back Catherine for Steve cause they are good together, Steve and Lynn is boring. The writers and producers really need to listen to the fans and give us what we want to keep us watching.

  24. NO!!!!!! Damn it. Give them the money. I love this show so much. You might as well not even do a season 8. With out them in it, the series would go down hill anyways. Chin and kono come back!!

    • Lorraine says:

      Especially since Masi Oka has already said he is not coming back…. SO depressing… Yes, they might as well cancel the show…. If they were leaving because of their own choice, I could live with that, but for this reason….. The magic will be gone if they can’t negotiate….

  25. Maxine A says:

    Their absence will be greatly missed. I am even considering not watching the show now and I have been watching since it began.

  26. Patricia Morgan says:

    I think the producers or directors or whom ever he is allowing them to leave the show is a complete idiot. Hawaii Five-0 will never be the same without Daniel and Grace Parks. What is wrong with you people. I hope all the fans get on your case.

  27. Tonya Self says:

    Screw the show. You can’t cheap out on paying the actors. FU CBS-I won’t watch the show without them. Stop acting like you will retain the audience once they are gone. THIS is the end of the show. Kiss it good-bye CBS you greedy pigs!

    • Caligula says:

      Nope. They were paid 150K an eps, which is more than fair for a week’s work. They are not the stars. They are pulling the race card which is disgusting.

      • GimpyJoe says:

        “how dare these minorities seek equal pay! They should be satisfied that we even pay them at all!”. Ah, the classic argument of a basement dwelling virgin white kid.

  28. Christine says:

    I am heartbroken. I loved these two characters the most so I won’t be watching Hawaii 5-0 any longer. I can’t believe that there wasn’t any room to pay these two their fair share for what they add. They added so much to the show. Good Luck Grace and Daniel!

  29. mcgwynne says:

    I’ve been in the business as an actor for more than 40 years so let me explain what happened here as I see it.

    Renegotiation of contracts between actors their agents and a major network for a prime time show are often contentious, lengthy and sometimes cordia. Sometimes not but ever and always about power and position.

    Network makes a final offer. Agents relay info to actors. Actors accept or reject.
    Network stands firm and relays that info to agents with statement that any counter demands by actors would be a, “deal breaker”.
    There it is folks.
    Nothing to do with race with everything to do with knowing how to play poker with the big boys.

    They called the bluff and they lost.

    The ratings will tell the tale and actors will survive as will the networks.
    But frankly these two actors may come to regret that decision.
    Sounds to me like they thought they were equal in position on that show and perhaps even more interesting that the two leads but that raise was never going to happen unless they got their own show which is a whole other ball park.

    Using “race” as a leverage or even suggesting same is inaccurate and repulsive.

    A little insight into the craziest business in the world.
    We can all get on with our lives now.

  30. Tyrone Lawrence says:

    Robin isnt getting paid the same as Batman and Alfred gets nothing. They didn’t complain that Chi McBride was being offered less than them. Asian Privilege.

  31. Mike Masaoka says:

    What a loss! Park and Kim are strong talents and will be difficult to replace. I’m already turned off by this move.

  32. Carlos G says:

    I’ll share this with friends and neighbors. I will no longer watch Hawaii Five-0.

    Discrimination at its core.

    • Caligula says:

      dont be fooled-no discrimination. They just aren’t the stars-they were offered 150K an eps per week

      • kkw says:

        Time will tell whether they deserved the new pay package or not; ie. will the show ratings survive their absence.

  33. Kathleen Brennan says:

    I have sent a message to Daniel Dae Kim, and would like to have this one sent to Grace Park as well. I was a loyal weekly fan of 5-0, primarily due to the excellent work of both actors (the two primary actors, who are getting the fat raises, bored me to tears with their inane bickering) and I will not be watching the program again unless Mr. Kim and Ms. Park come back to the series. Their intelligent, nuanced performances were a pleasure to watch and gave the series its special ambiance. I totally agree that CBS really made a possibly fatal mistake in not paying them what they should get for their great contributions, and I will be interested to see how the series does without them, as well as keeping track of the future work of both Mr. Kim and Ms. Park so I can enjoy it again. The best of luck to both of them!

  34. Mel Henton says:

    I was a big fan of the original Five O back in the sixties and I have been a big fan of the new Five O But now CBS has lost a viewer because of Grace Parks and Daniel Kim’s exit !!!!!

  35. Rick Bell says:

    They are co-stars and not lead actors in the series. $200,000 per episode wasn’t enough money for them? How spoiled are they? They should feel fortunate that they are well paid actors of any color and of any background. It’s the most competitive industry in the world, and no one is irreplaceable. Instead of acting like entitled ungrateful prima donna divas, they should just do their one week of work per episode in gorgeous Hawaii and deposit their fat $200,000 per episode paychecks. Any Asian or non-Asian actor of any background would be happy to work for that kind of money.

    They should feel especially lucky to be working at that level as Asian actors. How many Asian actors have made it over the last 50 years who weren’t typecast as karate experts? Not many and probably under 10. The world is not fair and Hollywood especially is harsh, so they should have appreciated what they had and took the money and checked their inflated egos.

  36. Ben says:

    Less pay is not due to race or color. And this story has nothing to do with race.
    More like money, and CBS being cheap just to save a buck.

    At first, O’Loughlin and Caan were the lead actors. Grace and Kim the co-stars. Most of the story was written around O’Loughlin and Caan, with Grace and Kim taking a lesser role.

    But the show developed over the years, with Grace and Kim taking on larger – and more interesting – roles. Even better roles and story lines than O’Loughlin and Caan. In my thinking all four actors should get top billing. And CBS should pay them all the same.

    So why is CBS not willing to pay the extra 10-15% to keep Grace and Kim?
    Are the CBS executives biased against Asians, or people of color? That’s unlikely, as Grace and Kim have seen their roles become better developed and larger over the years.

    Here’s why: CBS wants to keep Grace and Kim as co-stars so they can pay them less. CBS could give them top pay, so what’s keeping them from doing so? Easy answer…if CBS gives top pay to co-stars, then co-stars in other TV series will also demand top pay. We have already seen this with a few other shows. The roles and popularity of actors often blurs the distinction between star & co-star, in the minds of many TV viewers. The studios want a two-tier pay system as a way of saving money.
    Should CBS meet the pay demands of Grace and Kim, there will be an avalanche of other co-stars making the same demand.

    See, it’s not about race, it’s about money. In my opinion CBS should pony up the extra money, keep Grace & Kim, and protect the show from cancellation.

  37. C. Malolo says:

    I followed Grace Park from Battlestar Galactica and knew of Daniel Dae Kim from his many appearances on other shows. They brought the ‘Ohana’ to the show and completed the team. Most businesses in Hawaii will have Asians and Polynesians. In the original, McGarrett was the Lead and even Dano was one of the supporting co-stars. The show could possibly continue without Scott Caan, as his and Steve’s bickering is just fast forwarded on the DVR, but it can’t survive without Steve. Steve provides more of the action, while Grace and Daniel had the better storylines that delved into their relationships, characters and culture. It’s apparent that Grace and Daniel have never been paid as much as Alex or Scott since the first season, so for their final season or two, the networks should have finally paid them all the same. If it’s just left with car chases and bickering, the show isn’t that interesting and I probably won’t take the time to get to know or care about any new characters for the last season.

  38. Carol says:

    Those of you flinging.around insults or attacking other cast members should read DDK’s FB post – he’s a class act and you could all learn something about how to communicate effectively……think before you post.

  39. Mary Ann Kreider says:

    I am boycott the show.I hope the show cancelled after this season.

  40. MIRIAM AYALA says:

    It is unbelievably sad to see these two veteran actors leave the show for a salary issue when they in fact have key roles in this revised series. It is rare that a show in an ethnically diverse location included such talented individuals that were not a mockery of their ethnic environment like so many other shows that have difficulty creating serious personalities for a minority.

  41. KPGray says:

    Guess I’m done watching H50. Was tired of “Steve & Dano’s” constant bickering anyway. ;(

  42. BM says:

    Going downhill now. The powers to be at CBS have no issues about getting their high salaries! Multi millions! Park and Kim should be paid just as much as the other two. And if the other 2 have any kahunas, any loyalty, any finesse, any friendship, they would stand up to the mucky mucks at CBS and tell them they also are leaving. But, Cann and Alex are not stand up people.

    • Mel Henton says:

      If anyone needs to go it’s Dano his stupid bickering gets in the way of the story-line and has become ridiculous . I hate to see my favorite characters go but I will follow them. CBS sucks!!!

  43. Jean says:

    What a paradox! Movies with Black actors can’t sell in Asia give me a break!!!!!!

  44. Cathy Casillas says:

    CBS you are making a HUGE mistake!!! Chin and Kono are just as important and the other characters,
    I don’t understand your decision. it will never be the same and I will not watch anymore!!! Shame on you for being racist…..

  45. Andrew B. says:

    To those saying this isn’t racism, why are there less than a handful of Asian male leads in American TV shows and movies? It seems fishy to me. Theres obviously some sort of institutional bias.

  46. Rebecca says:

    Well, Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan are the STARS of the show, so I can understand why they would be paid more.

  47. Chris says:

    AWE This is sad to me. They were 2 of my favorite characters. I’ll miss you both a lot! :(

  48. Mary says:

    They should get rid of Dano. He is so annoying. CBS should rethink this one.

    • Vyvyan says:

      ditto to that!! the reason I watch HawaiiFive 0 is because of Daniel and Grace, they make it real!
      So prejudice! Don’t watch anything on CBS

  49. Dunstan says:

    Hopefully, both will resurface in a project that makes far better use of their talents than this piece of crap.

  50. Ed says:

    That Caan guy is awful, the worst actor I’ve ever seen on TV

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