CBS 'Tried Very Hard' to Keep Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park on 'Hawaii Five-0'
Pictured (L to R): Grace Park as Kono Kalakaua and Daniel Dae Kim as Chin Ho Kelly.
CBS has responded to Daniel Dae Kim's Facebook post regarding his exit from Hawaii Five-0 stating that it "tried very hard" to keep him and co-star Grace Park on the hit drama.
"Daniel and Grace have been important and valued members of Hawaii Five-0 for seven seasons," CBS said in a new statement Wednesday. "We did not want to lose them and tried very hard to keep them with offers for large and significant salary increases."
'I encourage us all to look beyond the disappointment of this moment to the bigger picture. The path to equality is rarely easy,' Kim said in a Facebook post.
"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," the network continued.
Kim and Park who have portrayed Chin Ho Kelly and Kono Kalakaua on Hawaii Five-0, decided not to return for Season 8 after they were not offered the same deals as their co-stars Alex O'Loughlin and Scott Caan.
The long-running CBS crime drama will look very different in its eighth season this fall.
"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." Kim said recently on Facebook. "I'll end by saying that though transitions can be difficult, I encourage us all to look beyond the disappointment of this moment to the bigger picture. The path to equality is rarely easy. But I hope you can be excited for the future. I am."
The salary increases CBS offered was said to still be less then what O'Loughlin and Caan make on the series as the actors earn more through having a cut of the show's backend deals, noted The Hollywood Reporter.
By Wade Sheridan
Originally published in UPI Entertainment News.