Daniel Dae Kim talks further on Hawaii Five-0 season 8 decision

Daniel Dae KimWhile at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour on August 6, Daniel Dae Kim did more than just promote The Good DoctorHe also talked further on his move to depart Hawaii Five-0 after seven seasons on the job. The decision came following a lengthy negotiation, with the reports being that he and co-star Grace Park were seeking pay parity with Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan. When that didn’t happen, the two parties then decided to leave.

Just as you would imagine, Kim’s comments on his exit from the show today were every bit as classy as you would expect. Take a look (via TVLine) below:

“It’s possible to be grateful for the opportunity and respectful of the colleagues and the people that I worked with and still maintain a steadfast sense of your self-worth. All good things come to an end.”

Consider this yet another reminder that Kim has no ill will towards any of the various cast and crew members who were a part of Hawaii Five-0, and loved working there. The only issue is that sometimes there are things that are bigger than a job, and they include being valued for what you feel you are worth for the amount of time you put into a job. Given how big of a role Kim and Park had on the show, it’s understandably why they wanted what they did … just as it’s also frustrating that this didn’t happen with CBS.

What’s next?

For those wondering, Kim is an executive producer on The Good Doctor, and at the time of its conception there was no word on if he would actually appear on a regular basis. We do wonder if anything changes as a result of him leaving Hawaii Five-0, but that may be something we learn more about in due time. We do think that in general Kim is going to be a sought-after actor, given that in between this show and Lost, he has a dedicated following. He’s also capable of doing a wide array of different things, whether it be intense action sequences or intimate drama.

Don’t forget that Kim probably has the benefit of time on his side in determining what he wants his next move to be. Because he was so successful in many of his prior endeavors, he likely has the money and the patience to sit back and find the next part that is perfect for him — whether it be on The Good Doctor or somewhere else.

As for a potential Hawaii Five-0 return in the future, we’ve absolutely learned to never say never; yet, it’s definitely not something that we imagine happening anytime soon. Maybe it’s an appearance that could happen either in a milestone episode or a series finale.

In case you do want some other Hawaii Five-0 news…

Be sure to head over to the link here! After all, that is where you can get some more insight into some of the guest stars who are going to be appearing in the weeks ahead. (Photo: CBS.)

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