There’s been a major cast shake-up on “Hawaii Five-0”.
Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park have exited the hit CBS series and have taken their characters, Chin Ho Kelly and Kono Kalakaua, with them.
Variety is reporting that the season eight premiere of the show will address their departures. Sources reveal that both actors were looking for equal pay with their co-stars Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan, but they did not come to a deal. Both actors were making 10-15% less than O’Loughlin and Caan.
Said the show’s executive producer, Peter Lenkov, “I will never forget meeting Daniel while still writing the pilot and being certain there was no other actor who I’d want to play Chin Ho Kelly. Needless to say, Daniel has been an instrumental part of the success of ‘Hawaii Five-0’ over the past seven seasons and it has personally been a privilege to know him.”
Lenkov also had kind words to say about Park. “Grace’s presence gave ‘Hawaii Five-0’ a beauty and serenity to each episode. She was the consummate collaborator, helping build her character from day 1. They will always be ohana to us, we will miss them and we wish them both all the best.”
A spokesperson for CBS also released a statement regarding their respective exits:
“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. 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…”