Daniel Dae Kim, star of Hawaii Five-O, has spoken out about the pay dispute that saw him leave the hit US show.
In a post on his Facebook page, the actor claimed that although he wanted to return, himself and co-star Grace Park, who are both Asian, quit the drama after it transpired the two were earning less than their white co-stars Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan.
“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,” Kim wrote.
“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. I will miss him sincerely.
“[T]hough transitions can be difficult, I encourage us all to look beyond the disappointment of this moment to the bigger picture. The path to equality is rarely easy.”
Sign up to the Radio Times newsletter for the latest TV and entertainment news