It seems the recent exit of Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park from “Hawaii Five-0” has not been lost on “Kim’s Convenience” creator Ins Choi.
The Korean-born playwright and actor dedicated a poem he wrote about the tribulations Asian actors face to the former “Hawaii Five-0” cast during a Soulpepper Theater Cabaret at New York’s Signature Theatre Centre.
The powerful performance was caught on tape by Howard Sherman, a frequent videographer of New York theater events. Watch it above.
Kim and Park exited the series after a pay dispute, where the pair were looking for equal pay to their co-stars Alex O’Laughlin and Scott Caan, but, unfortunately could not come to a deal.
Kim, who plays Chin Ho Kelly on the show, addressed the controversy on his Facebook page, writing “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.”
To which CBS responded in their own statement.
“We did not want to lose [Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park] and tried very hard to keep them with offers for large and significant salary increases. While we could not reach an agreement, we part ways with tremendous respect for their talents on screen, as well as their roles as ambassadors for the show off screen, and with hopes to work with them again in the near future.”
“Hawaii Five-0” is set to return in the fall for it’s 8th season without Kim or Park. It is not yet known how the show will address their departure.