'Hawaii Five-0' actor Daniel Dae Kim breaks his silence on leaving the show over equal-pay dispute

Business Insider | 7/6/2017 | Elizabeth Wagmeister, Variety
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Daniel Dae Kim has broken his silence, following news that he won't be returning to "Hawaii Five-0" next season amid salary drama.

"By now many of you have heard the news, and I'm sad to say it is true," the actor posted Wednesday morning 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."

Week - Variety - Kim - Costar - Grace

Last week, Variety reported that Kim and his costar Grace Park would be departing the CBS procedural ahead of its eighth season because of a dispute with CBS Television Studios to reach pay equality with costars Alex O'Loughlin and Scott Caan. Insiders said Kim and Park's final offer from the studio was 10% to 15% less than that of O'Loughlin and Caan, who also have lucrative back-end deals on the show.

In Kim's Facebook message, the actor thanked his fans, while addressing Hollywood's diversity problem, specifically for Asian-American actors.

Announcement - Duo - Departure - Fans - CBS

Since the announcement of the duo's departure, fans have been critical of CBS' failure to reach parity with the series' two Asian actors while keeping two Caucasian stars on the show. The social-media chatter comes after critics have targeted CBS for its lack of diverse leading roles for women and actors of color, in comparison with the other broadcast...
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