Equal pay has been a cause for concern as of late. And apparently this reigns true even with celebrities and actors as well. Actors Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park have both left the show, Hawaii Five-O after reaching an impasse in their contract negotiations. It has been alleged by Variety (and vaguely referenced in one of Daniel’s Facebook posts) that the impasse was in part due to unequal pay with their white co-stars.
The two will not be appearing on the 8th season of the show.
The two actors have been integral parts of the show since it first aired in 2010.
Hawaii Five-O is a reboot of a version from 1968. The show revolves around police and police procedures and the eighth season is set to be shot in the Aloha State.
Less than a year ago, the then CBS entertainment chief acknowledged the lack of diversity displayed in the programming and behind the camera.
Glen Geller said: ‘we need to do better and we know it,’ at a Television Critics Association summer press tour.
Despite his promise, it has been reported that Daniel and Grace were paid approximately 10 to 15 per cent less than their white colleagues.
Despite what CBS said was ‘large and significant raises’ it appears that Daniel and Grace were not offered the same salaries as the number 1 and number 2 actors on the call sheet.
Although the show was a huge success and sported strong live ratings, it appears that Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan were getting paid a little more.
It is important to note that Daniel and Grace are technically supporting actors but they have long been featured as a quartet (as shown on the key art) and Daniel and Grace appear on more episodes than Scott Caan due to contract negotiations.
However, it is not uncommon for big networks such as CBC to give pay bumps to long serving actors especially those of the caliber of Grace and Daniel.