'Hawaii Five-0' loses 2 of its biggest stars; contract dispute cited

'Hawaii Five-0' loses 2 of its biggest stars; contract dispute cited
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - "Hawaii Five-0" stars Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park won't be returning for the upcoming eighth season, CBS has confirmed.

The issue, according to various news reports: A contract dispute.

News reports say Kim (who plays officer Chin Ho Kelly) and Park (who plays officer Kono Kalakaua) sought pay equality with co-stars Alex O'Loughlin and Scott Caan, but were unable to reach satisfactory deals with CBS Television Studios.

Kim and Park were believed to be making 10 to 15 percent less than their co-stars.

In a statement to Hawaii News Now, CBS said:

"We are so appreciative of Daniel and Grace's enormous talents, professional excellence and the aloha spirit they brought to each and every one of our 168 episodes.  They've helped us build an exciting new Hawaii Five-0, and we wish them all the best and much success in their next chapters.  Mahalo and a hui hou …"

Peter Lenkov, the show's executive producer also wrote:

"I will never forget meeting Daniel while still writing the pilot and being certain there was no other actor who I'd want to play Chin Ho Kelly. Needless to say, Daniel has been an instrumental part of the success of HAWAII FIVE-0 over the past 7 seasons and it has personally been a privilege to know him.  Grace's presence gave HAWAII FIVE-0 a beauty and serenity to each episode. She was the consummate collaborator, helping build her character from day 1. They will always be ohana to us, we will miss them and we wish them both all the best."

Kim and Park have been with the hit CBS police drama since the first season premiered in 2010.

The absence of their characters will be addressed in the season premiere set for Sept. 29 on KGMB.

CBS recently announced the show would be renewed for another season starting in the fall, but the loss of the two actors comes as ratings for the show are also dipping.

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