Daniel Dae Kim Addresses ‘Hawaii Five-0’ Exit

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Daniel Dae Kim addressed his exit from CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0” at the TCA summer press tour on Sunday during a panel for the ABC show “The Good Doctor,” which he executive produces.

“[‘Hawaii Five-0’] was a really important part of my life for seven years,” Kim said. “I’m really grateful to CBS and everyone involved in the show for the opportunity. I’ve known [CBS executives] Kelly [Kahl] and Thom Sherman for a while, Thom all the way back to my days on ‘Lost.’ I’ve gotten to know them and I like them, and I’m grateful for the words that they said on the panel the other day. That said, it’s possible to be grateful for the opportunity and have respect for your colleagues and still maintain a steadfast sense of your self-worth. And all good things come to an end. I closed that chapter on ‘Hawaii Five-0’ and I begin this new chapter on ‘The Good Doctor.'”

In June, Kim and Grace Park exited “Hawaii Five-0.” As Variety reported at the time, the actors had been seeking equal pay with stars Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan, but failed to reach deals with CBS Television Studios, which produces the series.


"Ko' Olauloa" -- Coverage of the CBS series HAWAII FIVE-0, scheduled to air on the CBS Television Network.Photo: Neil Jacobs/CBS©2010 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Kim previously commented on his exit from the series in a Facebook post in early July. “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,” Kim wrote.

“As an Asian-American actor, I know first-hand how difficult it is to find opportunities at all, let alone play a well developed, three dimensional character like Chin Ho,” he continued. “I will miss him sincerely. What made him even more special is that he was a representative of a place my family and I so dearly love. It has been nothing short of an honor to be able to showcase the beauty and people of Hawaii every week, and I couldn’t be prouder to call these islands home.”

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  1. Joanie says:

    Maybe or maybe not it’s about Asian actors not getting enough screen time. It seems that every time something happens those involved will use the race card. I read about this everyday. That being said, Alex O’Loughin (spelled wrong I’m sure) is the main star then comes Scott Caan. Alex should get top pay then Scott, everyone else comes next. Alex is carrying the show, if he ends up going the show will be canceled. Just like Jack Lord in the original, he was the star, and everyone else followed. Plus, CBS came within $5000 of what those two were asking for. So to me it’s kind of greedy. You are talking $250,000.00 per episode, that isn’t enough for them??? That is a million a month, people are starving in this country and they are squawking about $5000 added to the $250,000. GREED not RACE. I side with CBS, I will miss the show though, Season 8 I’m sure will be the last.

  2. Carolyn says:

    I think that Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park made the show more interesting it won’t be the same without them. I was a huge fan but I don’t think I will be following the show as close as now that they are gone

  3. I dont believe this is about color. Pay is based on many things like if they are leads or ensemble cast and how bankable they are. It is my understanding that O’lachlin and Caan are the leads and the other two were part of the ensemble cast. I do think Caan lucked out for 2 reasons O’lachlin is the bigger star and would normally have top billing in a show but because since it is a reboot of the original he is locked in as a co-lead. The amount of episodes they are in makes no difference unless its in the contract. Many shows do not pay leads or ensemble cast the same. So the question is should the biggest stars get paid more? Fun info: I read that Ryan Gossling took less pay for his movies with Emma Stone so that she would have equal pay. If thats true I like him even more than before.

  4. Well, that’s the LAST time I watch Hawaii Five O – I watched it FOR him…. And he certainly deserved equal pay! How racist Hollywood can be – the way Asian American actors are treated is disgusting.

  5. Patricia Brooks says:

    There’s racism in every aspect of life, ultimately it will be the undoing of a great nation. But what I know for sure is Parks & Kim deserved every bit as much in pay as the two white actors. I’ve enjoyed Five-O from the beginning but my family, friends and I will no longer be watching. Aloha

  6. Tony the Tone says:

    They are supporting players, not the main characters. The main characters are going to get paid more than supporting characters. They were offered more money to come back, and they turned it down. Now, they cry racism. Their problem, not the CBSs.
    I wish them the best of luck.

  7. Matt Roberts says:

    I expect this has been said before, but I notice that these actors were portraying Hawaiians on a show set in Hawaii. These were significant roles, and I find it troubling that there should ever have been a dispute concerning equal pay. And I’m a 57-year-old redneck from Vermont. If I can see it, anyone should be able to see it.

  8. Maria says:

    It is really sad the CBS was not willing to give them what they deserved. CBS execs stated that they had offered “HUGE” raises but even with those raises, they would still NOT make the same as their white counterparts. You suck CBS.

  9. Jackson W says:

    CBS blew it…no surprise. Old Les shouldn’ t have been such a cheapskate. But Hollywood is an ungrateful place.

  10. tommymarx65 says:

    CBS has said they offered Daniel and Grace “large and significant salary increases” to stay on. My question is, just how little were they actually being paid that even after large increases they still weren’t being paid as much as the white guys? If you have an ensemble show, the main members of the ensemble should all be paid equally.

    And while I respect Daniel Dae Kim’s respectful way of addressing the inequality, it still angers me that he and Grace weren’t paid the same as the other two from the start. Both of them were well-known stars, from “Lost” and “Battlestar Galactica”, and while I think both Alex and Scott deserve everything they’ve earned, I think Daniel and Grace deserved the same.

    It just makes me sad that CBS is such an enemy of diversity to begin with, and they refuse to pay people what they’re worth.

  11. krumhorn says:

    A class act.

    – Krumhorn

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