Contract dispute led to Kim’s ‘Five-0’ exit
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Contract dispute led to Kim’s ‘Five-0’ exit

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    Daniel Dae Kim addresses the crowd at Sunset on the Beach in Waikiki during the “Hawaii Five-0” seventh season premiere screening in Honolulu on Sept. 22. Kim posted a lengthy statement on Facebook late on July 4 addressing his departure from the show.

LOS ANGELES >> Daniel Dae Kim said his decision to leave “Hawaii Five-0” stemmed from a contract dispute.

In a Facebook post, the actor said he and CBS were unable to agree on contract terms, so he made the “difficult choice” to exit the series.

Kim said the “path to equality is rarely easy,” without elaborating. A spokeswoman said he was traveling Wednesday and unavailable.

CBS didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Kim played Chin Ho Kelly on the rebooted crime drama that will start its eighth year next season.

In his post, Kim said as an Asian-American actor he knows first-hand how difficult it is to find opportunities, especially well-developed characters like Chin Ho.

He’s looking at other acting projects, he said, and is producing ABC’s upcoming series, “The Good Doctor.”

Click here to read Kim’s full statement via Facebook.

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