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Daniel Dae Kim has discussed his decision to leave hit television series Hawaii Five-0.

Earlier this week, network CBS had announced that Kim and co-star Grace Park would not be returning to Hawaii Five-0 for its upcoming eighth season.

In a post on Facebook, the Korean-American actor confirmed and explained his decision to leave the show.

Confirming the news of his departure, Kim said, “I’m sad to say it is true. I will not be returning to Hawaii Five-0 when production starts next week.”

The actor then cited a dispute with network CBS for his decision, ”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.”

Nonetheless, Kim expressed gratitude for the crew, writers and particularly “Peter Lenkov, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and everyone at CBS.”

Kim, who played Chin Ho, ended his message with a special thanks to his fans. “Finally, I want to thank all of you, the fans. I’ve read your messages and I can’t tell you how much they’ve meant to me.“

Kim also mentioned his upcoming projects. “I’ve got new acting projects on the horizon, and as a producer, my company, 3AD, has its first show, THE GOOD DOCTOR, set to air this fall on ABC. I hope you’ll tune in. There’s a lot to look forward to and I’ll be sure to share it with you.”