There’s Also a Racial Pay Gap Among TV Actors
In June 2017, "Hawaii Five-0" stars Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park announced they would be leaving the cast after failed salary negotiations. It's believed the actors, both of Korean descent, were offered 10 to 15 percent less than their white co-stars Alex O'Loughlin and Scott Caan, Variety reported.
"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 difficult choice not to continue," Dae Kim wrote in a Facebook post, also adding, "the path to equality is rarely easy."
As reported by Entertainment Weekly, CBS released the following statement: "Daniel and Grace have been important and valued members of 'Hawaii Five-0' for seven seasons. We did not want to lose them and tried very hard to keep them with offers for large and significant salary increases. While we could not reach an agreement, we part ways with tremendous respect..."