CBS is opening up about the exits of fan favorites Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park from Hawaii Five-0.
Kim and Park, who were both original series regulars on the procedural’s first seven seasons, made the decision to leave the series ahead of its upcoming eighth season after the network and producers CBS Television Studios could not offer them the same deals as white co-stars Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan.
“Daniel and Grace have been important and valued members of Hawaii Five-0 for seven seasons,” CBS said Wednesday in a statement. “We did not want to lose them and tried very hard to keep them with offers for large and significant salary increases. 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.”
A CBS insider stressed that supporting actors Kim and Park’s contract dispute had nothing to do with race. Kim, the source stressed, was offered a raise to come within 2 percent of what Caan and O’Loughlin make, which makes no sense to me. He asked for equal pay, so you counter with 2% less than equal? That’s insulting. God for them for walking.