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Daniel Dae Kim Speaks Leaving ‘HAWAII FIVE-0’

July 5, 2017

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Daniel Dae Kim has officially spoken for the first time since the announcement of his exit from CBS”s HAWAII FIVE-0. The Asian-American actor wrote a post to his fans on Facebook and revealed that he was unable to reach an agreement with the network on a new contract and that’s why he left ahead of the eight season.

“By now many of you have heard the news, and I’m say 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.”

In the post, Kim also addresses the diversity problems in Hollywood, particularly for Asian American actors.

“As an Asian American actor, I know first-hand how difficult it is to find opportunities at all, let alone a well developed, three dimensional character like Chin Ho. I will miss him sincerely. What made him even more special is that he was a representative of a place my family and I so dearly love. It has been nothing short of an honor to be able to showcase the beauty and people of Hawaii every week, and I couldn’t be prouder to call these islands home. To my local community, mahalo nui loa.”

Kim and his costar Grace Park announced last week that they would not return over salary issues.

You can read the complete Facebook post here:

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