CBS refused to pay Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park as much as their white co-stars.
Aloha. Hawaii Five-0 stars Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park are leaving the CBS series over a salary dispute, because the network reportedly refused to pay them as much as their white co-stars.
After seven seasons as series regulars, Kim and Park have departed from the popular cop action drama because they were unable to negotiate the same salaries as their co-stars Alex O'Loughlin and Scott Caan. The studio apparently didn't think the two Asian leads were quite as worthwhile as the two white dudes.
About ten to fifteen percent less worthwhile, if sources are correct.
According to Variety, Kim and Park were seeking equal pay, but couldn't reach a deal with CBS Television Studios, whose final offer to the two actors was reportedly "10-15% lower" than the salaries of O'Loughlin and Caan. What kind of bullshit is that? It was enough for Kim and Park to walk.
So say goodbye to Chin Ho Kelly and Kono Kalakaua, who will not appear in the show's upcoming eighth season. The characters' absence will be referenced in the season premiere. And with that, Hawaii Five-0 has unceremoniously lost all of its main Asian American characters.