It seems the best adaptation of battle of the network stars may come from CBS this summer.
OK, that's a bit harsh, but this back and forth about salary discussions after news dropped Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park would be leaving Hawaii Five-0 certainly can't be what CBS had in mind when they made their decisions.
This morning, Daniel Dae Kim left an emotional post on Facebook for his fans with thoughts on departing the beloved CBS series.
Now CBS has issued a statement, too, about their offers to both Kim and fellow co-star and Asian actor, Grace Park, in their attempts to retain the veterans and keep them with the Hawaii Five-0 family.
Daniel and Grace have been important and valued members of “Hawaii Five-0” for seven seasons.
We did not want to lose them and tried very hard to keep them with offers for large and significant salary increases.
While we could not reach an agreement, we part ways with tremendous respect for their talents on screen, as well as their roles as ambassadors for the show off screen, and with hopes to work with them again in the near future.
In a former post, we shared that it was believed Kim and Park were earning between 10-15% less than their co-stars Alex O'Loughlin and Scott Caan, both white actors.
We don't know the accuracy of those percentages nor whether they were determined before or after the aforementioned salary discussions.
The topic of pay equity and racial equality was made because of some statements made in Kim's Facebook post, including the following:
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.
Kim also noted: The path to equality is rarely easy.
Salary parity is a very timely topic, and we'll likely never know what goes on behind the scenes leading to pay decisions. It's surely not as easy who appears on what episode, when and for how long they're on the series.
My gut and my experience tells me there are a lot more issues factoring into the decisions than we'll ever know, but CBS is under the gun right now because of their very male and very white upcoming fall schedule.
How this all plays out in the long run remains to be seen, but I expect some colorful casting announcements to come the way of Hawaii Five-0 as the upcoming season's shooting begins.
Let's not completely lose faith in the franchise before the dust settles.
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