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CBS Answers Claims It's Paying Asian-American Actors Less Than White Co-Stars

CBS Answers Claims It's Paying Asian-American Actors Less Than White Co-Stars

His statement comes as more actors have spoken out about the inequality of pay in Hollywood. Fans are venting hot and heavy on social media since news broke that both #Grace Park and #Daniel Dae Kim will not be part of the "Hawaii Five-O" "Ohana" for Season 8. Hopefully, when Hawaii Five-0 premieres in the fall, CBS will learn what fans already know: they're not.

"Daniel and Grace have been important and valued members of "Hawaii Five-0" for seven seasons", CBS said in a statement Wednesday.

Now Variety reports that the difference in salaries between Kim and the two stars is even larger.

He added, "As an Asian-American actor, I know firsthand how hard it is to find opportunities at all, let alone play a well-developed, three-dimensional character like Chin Ho".

Park played Officer Kono Kalakaua, Kelly's Cousin. For years, Kim was the Asian male sex symbol on television (honestly, he still is), and Five-0 was proof that successful shows could have diverse casts. "I will not be returning to Hawaii Five-0 when production starts next week", Kim wrote. Still, going from three Asian leads to zero in just a handful of episodes is not a good look. However, they were unable to reach an agreement with CBS, with the network's final offer believed to be 10 to 15 percent lower than their white peers' salaries. He went on to say Kim and Park "were getting unprecedented raises, but in the end they chose to move on".




The words "large" and "significant" are key here. The character was played by actor Kam Fong in the 1968 series. A CBS insider told THR that supporting actors Kim and Park's contract dispute had nothing to do with race.

This is not the first time Kim has spoken out about the issue of pay equality.

Kim and Park chose to exit the procedural ahead of its eighth season on CBS as a result of failed salary negotiations, during which the Asian actors sought pay equal to that of their white co-stars, Alex O'Loughlin and Scott Caan. Did the network do all they could to keep Grace Park and Daniel Dae Kim?

In his statement, Kim thanked the crew and writers of the show, and if he felt any bitterness he certainly didn't show it, also thanking exec producers Peter Lenkov, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and everyone at CBS. Why wasn't Park, who earned huge popularity for her roles in Battlestar Galactica, given a bigger role?