Daniel Dae Kim may no longer be returning in Hawaii Five-0 Season 8 but Chin Ho Kelly’s sudden disappearance will get an instant explanation in the premiere episode. In the meantime, fans can expect to see Kim in a new project after his departure from the CBS show.
People were devastated when it was finally confirmed that Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park have left Hawaii Five-0 after their recent equal pay dispute with CBS. However, it seemed like the series has already been preparing for Chin Ho Kelly and Kono Kalakaua’s exit since last season.
According to Entertainment Weekly‘s Spoiler Room, the premiere episode of Hawaii Five-0 Season 8 will immediately confirm that Chin decided to head for greener pastures (or bluer beaches). In the previous season finale, Chin had been offered the chance to lead his own Task Force in San Francisco, a job that he will undoubtedly take.
Although Kono didn’t get a similar offer, it will still be work that will drive her away from the Five-0 Task Force. Grace Park’s character will reportedly take on a new mission investigating a child trafficking ring. However, it won’t take long for McGarrett and Danno to find a possible replacement the character in the upcoming season.
There have been reports that Hawaii Five-0 Season 8 is looking for a new female lead to play Tani. The character is said to be a hot-headed police academy kick-out who had a good reason for hitting a training officer. Tani might be introduced in the premiere episode as McGarrett and Danno approach her to join the Task Force.
Unfortunately, it certainly sounds like Daniel Dae Kim will be gone for good. However, that doesn’t mean that the actor is staying idle after leaving Hawaii Five-0.
There are speculations that Kim preparing for a new project with his own production company 3AD. Some believe that the former Hawaii Five-0 star might work on a film or TV series that will feature his fellow Asian actors.
Daniel Dae Kim has not yet confirmed whether he is already working on a new project. However, he recently spoke out on his departure from Hawaii Five-0, stating that “the path to equality is rarely easy.”
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