BEVERLY HILLS — Daniel Dae Kim stands by his decision to leave Hawaii Five-0.
The actor, who left the CBS action drama in June after a salary disagreement with CBS, addressed the situation during a panel for ABC’s The Good Doctor, of which he is an executive producer.
“That was a really important part of my life for seven years. I’m really grateful to CBS and everyone involved with show for giving me the opportunity,” Kim told the Television Critics Association summer press tour Sunday.
“That said, it’s possible to be grateful for the opportunity and respectful of colleagues, and still maintain a steadfast sense of your own worth,” he continued. “All good things come to an end. I close that chapter on Hawaii Five-0, and I begin this new chapter on The Good Doctor. I couldn’t be more excited to be back at ABC, where I started my career in earnest” on Lost.
Grace Park also left Hawaii Five-0 over similar salary issues. The two reportedly wanted to be paid the same salary as stars Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan, though CBS Entertainment chief Kelly Kahl said they’d been given a “lucrative” offer to stay.
For now, Kim doesn’t plan to act on The Good Doctor, which stars Freddie Highmore, Richard Schiff and Hill Harper, but that could change.
“I’m really content being behind the scenes on this show,” written by House‘s David Shore, Kim said. But “at some point, I would love to play with them.”