Asian Actors Leave 'Hawaii Five-0' After CBS Refused To Pay Them The Same Amount As White Actors

Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park in Hawaii Five-O
CBS

Racking in the millions is a privilege...but it's not as rewarding when you're not making as much as your white co-stars.

Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park are now leaving Hawaii Five-0 after seven seasons due to failed salary negotiations, according to Variety.

But this isn't your ordinary salary negotiation. In fact, all Kim and Park wanted was to be paid the same amount as their white co-stars, Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan. Sadly, CBS denied their requests and offered them 15 percent less than their peers. 

"I will always be grateful for their faith in me to bring Chin Ho Kelly to life. 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," Kim said

Their choice to leave the show is brave considering their characters, Chin Ho Kelly and Kono Kalakaua, are two of the show’s biggest leads. 

"We are so appreciative of Daniel and Grace’s enormous talents, professional excellence and the aloha spirit they brought to each and every one of our 168 episodes," CBS said in a statement. "They’ve helped us build an exciting new Hawaii Five-0, and we wish them all the best and much success in their next chapters. Mahalo and a hui hou…”

The show's executive producer Peter Lenkov even wished them all the best and said they were an "instrumental part of the success of Hawaii Five-0.

We hope Kim and Park find a home where they're appreciated. Their statement behind leaving the show goes a long way.