Daniel Dae Kim is finally speaking out after news broke last week that he and actress, Grace Park, will not be returning to hit CBS show "Hawaii Five-0" next season after rumored salary negotiations broke down.
Kim, 48, wrote about the emotional exit in a Facebook post on Monday.
"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," wrote Kim, who was on the show for seven seasons.
"I'm so sorry we won't be continuing this journey together," he added.
Kim and Park's exits were announced last week. The two were reportedly offered were offered new salary contracts that were 10-15% less than what series stars Alex O'Loughlin and Scott Caan are paid, according to Variety.
Kim stepped around the salary negotiation question in his post, but did partially reference that it was a factor in his exit by saying "The path to equality is rarely easy. But I hope you can be excited for the future. I am."
Kim reportedly has several big projects coming in the future, but his presence on "Five-0" will certainly be missed. During the first seven season of the CBS reboot, Kim played Lt. Chin Ho Kelly, a member of the elite Five-0 task force. Kelly suffered many losses, including the death of his wife, throughout the show and Kim always managed to play the role with depth and sincerity.
"As an Asian American actor, I know first-hand how difficult it is to find opportunities at all, let alone play a well developed, three dimensional character like Chin Ho," he said. "I will miss him sincerely."
Park, who played Officer Kono Kalakaua and Kelly's cousin, is also exiting. At the end of the seventh season, Park's character was seen flying to Las Vegas to try and track down a sex trafficking ring.
"Hawaii Five-0" will return in the fall for an eighth season.
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