Last week, one of network TV's most consistent dramas was vaulted into headlines, but not for any news that fans likely wanted to hear, as Hawaii Five-0 stars Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park publicly exited the CBS series ahead of Season 8's production schedule. And while comments from the stars have been relatively light, Kim took to social media to explain why he's stepping away from Hawaii Five-0 after seven years.
When the reports came out that Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park were leaving the show, they were coupled with rumors that contract disputes were the issue, with neither star being offered what they wanted/expected from the network in order to stick with the show. They were reportedly seeking parity with stars Alex O'Loughlin and Scott Caan, and CBS' final offers were apparently just not good enough to keep them interested.
Though financial issues usually get left out of celebs' public addresses to fans, Kim duly noted it in his post, and that'll likely fuel the conversational fires concerning Hawaii Five-0 losing so many Asian actors in the past two years. Obviously, co-star Keo Woolford's death isn't involved here, but Masi Oka left the drama midway through Season 7.
Understandably, Daniel Dae Kim subtly addresses that side of things in his post, saying how hard it already is for Asian American actors to find work. Not one to be overly mopey, though, the former Lost star offered some more hopeful words in that respect in his Facebook post.
Admittedly, Hawaii Five-0 crafted its narrative in such a way that it wasn't necessarily a lock that either Daniel Dae Kim or Grace Park would return for Season 8, full-time or otherwise. His character Lieutenant Chin Ho Kelly was given an offer to start a task force in San Francisco, while Grace Park's Kono Kalakaua was set to hit the road to dig deeper into a child sex trafficking ring. The Season 8 premiere is meant to address both characters' departures, so we'll have to wait and see where fate landed the pair of cousins.
With its character shake-up currently being tackled from a narrative angle, Hawaii Five-0 will be back on CBS for Season 8 on Friday, September 29, at 9 p.m. ET. Head to our summer premiere schedule to see what other new and returning series are on the way.
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