Daniel Dae Kim, who played Chin Ho Kelly, in the detective series “Hawaii 5-0” discusses the real reasons for his departure in an interview with the American site Vulture.
In 2017, Daniel Dae Kim left Hawaii 5-0 after 7 years of loyal service as Chin Ho Kelly. At the time, the actor explained that his departure, as well as that of Grace Park (Kono Kalakaua), resulted from the refusal of the production to align their salaries with those of Scott Caan (Danny Williams) and Alex O’Loughlin (Steve McGarrett).
Daniel Dae Kim took advantage of an interview published yesterday on the site Vulture to clarify the circumstances of his dispute with the studios. “One thing that has never really been properly relayed is the amount of the pay cut I suffered between Hawaii 5-0 and Lost. “, he notes, before specifying:”It was drastic, and the gap has never been made up over the years. “
At the end of season 7, when renewing his contract, he therefore tried to make up the difference “significant”Salary between him and his co-stars Scott Caan and Alex O’Loughlin by asking CBS to“make us all equal. To make us all together, which I thought we had always been.”
“I didn’t think it was an unreasonable request”, He adds. “I was transparent from the start on the subject to the other actors, the showrunner and the studio. But it was the way things didn’t get done that made my request so much more dramatic.”
At the time, CBS had indeed insisted that they had “try everything to keep”Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park, offering them“significant salary increases”.
In that same interview, the Korean-born comedian also hinted that his Five-0 co-stars were not all in favor of his stance. “I think that as soon as there is a group of actors, each one has personal and individual objectives. So it’s complicated for me to know if they were all my allies in this story… What I do know, however, is that my relationship with them has changed.”
Fortunately for him, Daniel Dae Kim was able to bounce back very quickly after his departure by joining, for 4 episodes, the medical series Good Doctor, of which he is the producer. Since this year, he joined the cast of New Amsterdam, in which he plays Dr. Cassian Shin.
As a reminder, the tenth and final season ofHawaii 5-0 is currently broadcast every Saturday evening from 9:05 p.m. on M6.