CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0” has lost two of its original cast members. Daniel Dae Kim (“Lost”) and Grace Park (“Battlestar Galactica”) are leaving the series after seven seasons. While this is sad news for “Hawaii Five-0” fans, an explanation may be coming our way, and it’s ugly. According to Variety, the pair were offered 10-15% less than their white, male costars, who also receive “percentage points off the show’s back end,” as per their contracts. Kim and Park, for obvious reasons, wanted pay equality for their roles on the hit action reboot. The ensuing pay dispute was not resolved, so Kim and Park reportedly walked.
This story has not been confirmed by CBS, Kim or Park. We’ll post more information as this story develops.
The pair played Chin Ho Kelly and Kono Kalakaua, police task force officers with the Hawaii Five-0. Kelly, played by Kim, was an excellent cop trained by Steve McGarret’s father, John McGarret. After Kim’s career is tarnished by false accusations of corruption, McGarret brings his father’s protege into the fold. Kalakaua, played by Park, is Kelly’s cousin who was inspired by Kelly to become a cop. She was a former surfing champion before an injury to her knee forced her into retirement, which led to her interest in police work. She is also hailed as an excellent sniper.
Their characters both left for other jobs at the end of Season 7, and their absence will be explained during the fall season premiere. The eighth season of CBS’ “Hawaii Five-0” is set to premiere this fall.