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Producer: “Stars leaving ‘Hawaii Five-0″ got ‘generous’ offer, ch

Two Asian-American Hawaii Five-O stars made a decision to 86 themselves after failing to negotiate pay with CBS, and the network is now answering claims it’s paid them less than their white co-stars.”In our 168 episodes, Hawaii Five-0 has and will continue to showcase one of the most diverse casts on TV: Chi McBride, Jorge Garcia, Mark Dacascos, Ian Anthony Dale, Will Yun Lee, Masai Oka, Dennis Chun, Taylor Wily, Shawn Garnett, Kimee Balmilero, Kekoa Kekumano, Shawn Anthony Thomsen, as well as Daniel and Grace … all of these great talents regulars or recurring”.After Kim released his statements, CBS released a follow-up statement, telling Variety in part, “We did not want to lose them and tried very hard to keep them with offers for large and significant salary increases”.CBS’ final offer to the actors was reportedly “10-15% lower” than the salaries of co-stars Scott Caan and Alex O’Loughlin.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.”The truth is this: Both actors chose not to extend their contracts”.”I will not be returning to Hawaii Five-0 when production starts next week”, he wrote.The departures of Park and Kim renewed criticism that CBS has a dearth of actors of color and female leads in its primetime lineup.In his post, Kim thanked the cast and crew for making Hawaii Five-0 representative of Hawaii and its communities, and for allowing him to play a “three-dimensional” character as an Asian American actor, a rare opportunity among Hollywood’s typically typecast roles for Asian actors.Kim and Park’s departure marks a huge loss for the show and for Asian representation on television.”The path to equality is rarely easy”, he wrote.His decision to quit Hawaii Five-0 was also likely tied to the fact that his company has clinched a deal to produce The Good Doctor series, which will air on ABC this fall.A MESSAGE TO MY FANS ABOUT HAWAII 5-0Sorry for the delay in hearing from me, but like you I’m sure, my July 4th… Guest star-turned-series regular Masi Oka (Heroes), who joined in Season 1, left the show mid-season a year ago.