Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park both left “Hawaii Five-0” last month after reportedly being refused salary parity with stars Alex O’Laughlin and Scott Caan.
Kim had the opportunity to address his exit from the show during a session at the Television Critics Association press tour, where he appeared in a session for upcoming ABC drama “The Good Doctor”, on which he’s an executive producer.
“I’ve known [CBS Entertainment President] Kelly [Kahl] and [CBS SEVP Programming] Thom [Sherman] for a while,” said Kim in the session, reports Deadline. “I know them, and like them, and am grateful to them for the words they said on their panel the other day.”
Kim added: “That said, it’s possible to be grateful and respectful, and still maintain a steadfast sense of your self worth.”
Kim is referring to a CBS session with the network executives on Monday, in which Kahl was asked about the “Five-0″ stars leaving the show.
“We love both those actors and did not want to lose them,” said Kahl, who wouldn’t get into specifics. “We made very, very strong attempts to keep them and offered them a lot of money to stick around. We wanted them to stick around. It’s kind of an unfortunate byproduct of having a successful, long running show, that sometimes you lose cast members… We didn’t want it to happen. We tried our darnedest to keep them.”
Meanwhile, Kim said that he’s thrilled to be a part of “The Good Doctor”, in which Freddie Highmore (“Bates Motel”) stars as an autistic surgeon, noting that it was time to “close that chapter…and begin this chapter… This is the start of something new.”