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CBS is right to point out that lower pay for supporting actors is nothing new—but in this case, it’s also worth asking why Park and Kim were ever cast in supporting roles in the first place.fans can't imagine the show continuing without its star, showrunner Peter Lenkov has a different take."As long as people are watching the show, we would keep going," Lenkov tells

(Park reportedly wanted to come back for only a portion of the season before being written off.) As for Kim’s rationale, Lenkov was conspicuously silent.“Yes, it’s heartbreaking,” the showrunner said, “but this happens on long-running shows.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.” was offered only ,000 less per episode than the show’s white leads.(Sources close to Kim argue that the gap was more significant, perhaps due to the aforementioned back-end deal O’Loughlin and Caan enjoy.) Park’s deal, the source added, was complicated by the fact that she was negotiating to appear in less than half of the upcoming season."If Alex elects not to come back, that's obviously going to be his choice.

But we're moving forward as if the show's going to keep going. There's fans of the show that either love [Catherine] or hate her, and they're very vocal, both sides.

Season 8 of “Hawaii Five-0” will return to the special task force in the Aloha State — a state where 57.4% of residents claim some Asian heritage, according to the U. Census — without all of its Asian regular characters.

Actors Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park, who have been integral parts of the cast since the show’s inception in 2010, will be leaving the series after contract negotiations reached an impasse.

The studio already offered an initial, if highly vague, statement on Friday about Kim and his co-star Grace Park’s imminent departure from the series—but its new missive, offered Wednesday, further elaborates on negotiation details as the studio tries to fight public perception that has painted it as a villain.

Kim and Park decided to exit the procedural ahead of its eighth season on CBS as a result of failed salary negotiations, during which the Asian actors sought pay equal to that of their white co-stars, Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan.

It is a hurdle we all worked hard trying to overcome.” He went on to list the names of several nonwhite actors on the show’s regular and recurring roster.