Kim and co-star Grace Park sought salary parity with Alex O'Loughlin and Scott Caan, but they both exited the series at the close of Hawaii Five-0 Season 7 when the network did not give them the same salary as their co-stars.
Kim chatted with Vulture about what went down while also revealing that he took a significant pay cut from Lost to Hawaii Five-0.
“One thing that has never really properly been reported is the amount of pay cut I took to do Hawaii Five-0 from Lost,” he said, adding:
“It was drastic, and it was never made up.”
His aim when his original contract with Hawaii Five-0 was coming to an end at the close of Season 7 was to make up the "significant" difference in pay between him and O’Loughlin and Caan.