Daniel Dae Kim’s CBS exodus was about pride as well as a paycheck.
The “Hawaii Five-O” star left the hit show after seven seasons over a pay dispute.
And while showrunner Peter M. Lenkov said the network offered Kim and co-star Grace Park “unprecedented raises,” both turned down the offer.
“That was a really important part of my life for seven years, and I’m really grateful to CBS and everyone involved with the show for giving me the opportunity,” Kim said at the Television Critics Association panel Sunday.
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“That said, it’s possible to be grateful for the opportunity and respectful of the colleagues and the people that I work with and still maintain a steadfast sense of your self-worth.”
Kim and Park reportedly made about $ 5,000 less per episode than the $ 200,000 paychecks of co-stars Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan.
On Twitter, Kim alluded to the contract dispute in a thank you note to the cast, crew and fans.
“I’ll end by saying that though transitions can be difficult, I encourage us all to look beyond the disappointment of this moment to the bigger picture,” he wrote.
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“The path to equality is rarely easy. But I hope you can be excited for the future. I am.”
For now, the 49-year-old actor is working as an executive producer on ABC’s “The Good Doctor,” starring Freddie Highmore.
The show, about a young pediatric surgeon with autism and savant syndrome, is based on the same-named Korean drama.
“I’m very proud to be a part of this show,” Kim said Sunday.
“It’s one that I saw several years ago after it aired in Korea. I loved the message of it and it was a very familiar genre to American audiences and I thought it would be a good opportunity to make it in America.”
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