Asian stars leaving Hawaii Five-0 over salary parity dispute
00:07, Jul 8, 2017
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Lenkov says that "CBS was extremely generous and proactive in their renegotiation talks".
A "CBS insider" told THRthat the contract friction was not about race, but about their status within the show: Park, the insider claimed, wanted eventually to be written off the show, and Kim's raise as a supposed "supporting actor" would have brought him up to within two percent of what Caan and O'Loughlin make.
Kim and Park sought the same deals enjoyed by co-stars Alex O'Loughlin and Scott Caan.
Following Kim's post about leaving the show, CBS released a statement about both actors' departure, noting that they were offered "large and significant salary increases". In October, CBS announced that it was creating an initiative to increase diversity in its casting.
He thanked fans for their support and messages, and said that he has new projects lined up after "Hawaii Five-O".
The one thing that's become fairly clear through the statements the past few years is that Kim and Park were likely underpaid for the amount of screen time that they've had on the show the past few years; otherwise, would the raises have to be anywhere near as substantial?
An effort was also made to keep Park around for a handful of episodes during the forthcoming season, but those negotiations fell through "for several reasons". Lenkov also said that Park and Kim are irreplaceable, so fans can breathe easy knowing that they won't be recast. He was traveling Wednesday and unavailable, a spokeswoman said.
That CBS allegedly refused to offer Kim and Park a salary equal to that of their white co-stars after seven seasons is just a reminder of the discrimination Asian actors face in Hollywood. "I will miss him sincerely". Both O'Louhglin and Caan also have deal that could give them points on the back end of the show.
"Hawaii Five-0", a remake of the 1968-80 series starring Jack Lord and James MacArthur, returns next season for its eighth year. Pictured: Lenkov, Kim and Park speak during the "Hawaii Five-0" panel discussion during Comic-Con 2010 at San Diego Convention Center on July 23, 2010 in San Diego.
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