Hawaii Five-0 fans were shocked when it was revealed that leads Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park weren't returning to the show after the seventh season. "I know them, and like them, and am grateful to them for the words they said on their panel the other day".
While speaking at the Television Critics Association press tour for The Good Doctor, the upcoming ABC drama Kim produces, said he is grateful for what CBS executives and the show's producers have said, he remains steadfast in his decision.
"All good things come to an end", he continued.
"[Hawaii Five-0] was a really important part of my life for seven years, and i'm really grateful to CBS and everyone involved in the show for giving me the opportunity to be involved", Kim said. "I closed that chapter on "Hawaii Five-O" and I opened this new chapter on 'The Good Doctor'".
Saying it was time to "close that chapter...and begin this chapter" of his life, Kim said this morning he "could not be more excited to be back on ABC", where he had been part of the cast of Lost, which he credited with launching his career.
In July, Kim and co-star Grace Park left "Hawaii Five-0" over disparity between their pay and that of their white colleagues Alex O'Loughlin and Scott Caan. "This is the start of something new and I'm really grateful for that too".
"We love both those actors, and we did not want to lose them", said Kahl said. "We made very strong attempts to keep them and wanted them to stick around", he said. Previously, Kim took to Facebook to express gratitude and said, "Though I made myself available to come back, CBS and I weren't able to agree to terms on a new contract, so I made the hard choice not to continue". "I loved the message of it and it was a very familiar genre to American audiences and I thought it would be a good opportunity to make it in America". "We'll see what comes up".
Kim is now an executive producer alongside "House" creator David Shore on ABC's new medical drama "The Good Doctor", in which Freddie Highmore plays Shaun Cassidy, a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome.
The Good Doctor premieres Monday, Sept. 25 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.