Two ‘Hawaii Five-0’ Stars are Speaking Up About Equal Pay

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Reprinted from She Knows by  on July 5, 2017.

Daniel Dae Kim — former star of Lost and most recently, former star of Hawaii Five-0 — and co-star Grace Park left the CBS show over pay disparities. The public exit from the show came last week, and Kim has finally broken his silence about the disagreements about pay.

“I will not be returning to Hawaii Five-0 when production starts next week,” stated Kim in a lengthy Facebook post. “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 choicenot to continue.”

Reports had been flying that the two actors decided to leave over pay inequality within the cast, more specifically between their white co-stars, Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan. Those white actors apparently make 10 to 15 percent more than Kim and Park, two well-established Asian-American actors. Sources told Variety that CBS was not budging on a final offer, and the two decided to leave the show entirely for their own benefit, and to make a statement about pay inequality in Hollywood. …

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