Grace Park Is Finally Talking About Leaving Hawaii Five-0

Stars Grace Park and Daniel Dae Kim left Hawaii Five-0 last year due to contractual disagreements with CBS. They were reportedly each making less than their white male co-stars Alex O'Loughlin and Scott Caan and were seeking parity, but an agreement was not reached and the actors chose not to return. At the time, Kim addressed his exit in a statement that discussed his contract impasse as well as how much he would miss playing a well-developed Asian-American character, an unfortunate rarity on television. But Park remained silent -- until now.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly to promote her new show A Million Little Things, Park talked about the circumstances surrounding her exit from Hawaii Five-0 -- on which she starred as Officer Kono Kalakaua for seven seasons starting with the pilot -- for the first time. While she didn't say exactly why she left, she alluded to it being a complex situation, and it sounds like her departure was not on great terms.

"There were a number of factors spanning the show that affected the non-renewal of my contract," she said. "I'm grateful for the lessons learned, but I chose what was best for my integrity."

"I know that people are always trying their best, and everyone's coming from their own backgrounds," she continued. "Throughout the whole series, I kept trying to see the best in everybody. Would I do it all over again? I wouldn't be so quick to say yes... I'm still figuring stuff out. Sometimes people are just really good at burying stuff, and I think I'm like that."

The actress also addressed the fact that amid the controversy last year executive producer Peter Lenkov said she left the show to spend more time with her family.

"I let him know, 'That wasn't cool that you made a statement on my behalf.'... I know he did it to be helpful, and I care about Peter as a person, but I didn't leave for that reason," she said.

Hawaii Five-0 returns for Season 9 Friday, Sept. 28 at 9/8c on CBS.

A Million Little Things premieres Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 10/9c on ABC.

(Full disclosure: TV Guide is owned by CBS.)

This article originally appears on TV Guide.com.

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Sep 17, 2018
I cherished the two characters and in a show of help would quit viewing. I miss them on the show yet have kept on observing!
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Sep 15, 2018
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Sep 15, 2018
"... each making less than their white male co-stars ..." This guy always tries to make it about race and/or gender and/or sexual preference.
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Sep 15, 2018
I liked both characters but I'm still of the opinion they weren't as big roles as the other two, guess that's the fault of the writers/producers. I will say though that perhaps Caan and O'Loughlin had a responsibility to take a stand but as alluded to they had no interest in that, reference how the Big Bang Theory cast split their own salaries to ensure the two female leads had parity.
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Sep 15, 2018
I resigned my office-job and now I am getting paid £64 hourly. How? I work over internet! My old work was making me miserable,LVw so I was forced to try something different, two years after...I can say my life is changed-completely for the better!
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Sep 15, 2018
I loved both characters and in a show of support was going to stop watching. I miss them on the show but have continued to watch
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Sep 15, 2018
One of the last stories I read about it indictaed Caan and O'Loughlin had a clause in their conmtracts that said as the stars of the show they were automatically entitled to X PERCENT more money per week/year than any other stars so even if Park and Kim got a raise to be level with them they would have been immediately behind again because Caan and O'Loughlin would have got an automatic pay raise themselves so it was a no wein for all of them.

And honestly regardless of the reasaons for leaving complaining about it now and being so "veiled" in the claims just makes her seem petty. If there were issues fine, say so and move on don't sit on it for a year or two then go "there were wide ranging factors" and not go into details.
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Sep 15, 2018
The previous season was still good, but those 2 characters leaving left a hole in the show though. I never cared for Grace Park or her character to be honest, but Daniel Dae Kim and his character was very sad to see go.
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