Daniel Dae Kim: Leaving ‘Hawaii Five-0’ Was Important to Maintain ‘Self-Worth’

IndieWire | 8/6/2017 | Hanh Nguyen
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Daniel Dae Kim is now a producer on ABC’s “The Good Doctor,” but the shadow of leaving “Hawaii Five-0” is still hanging over him. At the Television Critics Association press tour on Sunday, Kim addressed his exit from the long-running CBS series.

“[‘Hawaii Five-0’] was a really important part of my life for seven years,” he told reporters during the panel for “The Good Doctor.” “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-O’ and I opened this new chapter on ‘The Good Doctor.’”

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In July, Kim and co-star Grace Park left “Hawaii Five-0” over disparity between their pay and that of their white colleagues Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan. At the time, Kim confirmed the news on Facebook, and wrote, “The path to equality is rarely easy.” He also pointed to his work as a...
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