After more than a year of radio silence on the matter, Grace Park has opened up about her decision to quit Hawaii Five-0.
Fans of the CBS procedural were shocked back in June 2017 when it was revealed that Park and fellow regular, Daniel Dae Kim were out of the drama after seven seasons.
At the time, there were reports that negotiations broke down with the two stars because they failed to achieve salary parity with co-stars Alex O'Loughlin and Scott Caan.
However, Park sat down with Entertainment Weekly and said that
Despite her exit, Park maintained that she's “grateful for the lessons learned," and that her decision to depart “what was best for my integrity.”
Park went on to speak about the series showrunner, Peter M. Lenkov who suggested that Park exited to spend more time with her family.
While it's not uncommon for people who work several hours that keeps them away for their families to take some time off and make a decision that would give them more time with their loved ones, Park was not impressed by it.
“The whole situation was just a bit too charged for me,” she says.
“I let him know, ‘That wasn’t cool that you made a statement on my behalf.’ … I know he did it to be helpful, and I care about Peter as a person, but I didn’t leave for that reason.”
While Park did not go into much detail, she did shed some light on the specifics of what went down.
In the immediate aftermath of the news breaking that both Park and Kim were out, Lenkov shared his own thoughts on the matter, saying:
“The truth is this: Both actors chose not to extend their contracts. CBS was extremely generous and proactive in their renegotiation talks."
"So much so, the actors were getting unprecedented raises, but in the end they chose to move on. No one wanted to see them go — they are irreplaceable.”
Park will next appear on ABC's A Million Little Things, which will debut Wednesday, September 26 at 10/9c.
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