Daniel Dae Kim is speaking out. Recently, the Hawaii Five-0 star explained why he left the CBS TV show after seven seasons, Deadline reports.
As reported earlier, both Kim and co-star Grace Park will not return for season eight of Hawaii Five-0. The two played Chin Ho Kelly and Kono Kalakaua, respectively, on the police procedural reboot. The cast also includes Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan, Chi McBride, Masi Oka, and Jorge Garcia.
By now many of you have heard the news, and I’m sad to say it is true. 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.
As an Asian American actor, I know first-hand how difficult it is to find opportunities at all, let alone play a well developed, three dimensional character like Chin Ho. I will miss him sincerely. What made him even more special is that he was a representative of a place my family and I so dearly love. It has been nothing short of an honor to be able to showcase the beauty and people of Hawaii every week, and I couldn’t be prouder to call these islands home. To my local community, mahalo nui loa.”
Kim is currently serving as an executive producer on his new ABC TV show The Good Doctor.
What do you think? Are you a fan of Hawaii Five-0? Will you watch without Kim and Park?