The 49-year-old actor addressed his unexpected departure from the CBS action drama after seven seasons over a salary dispute at ABC's summer Television Critics Association press tour on Sunday.
"That was a really important time in my life for seven years. I'm very grateful to CBS and everyone involved in the show for giving me the opportunity," explained Kim, an executive producer on ABC's The Good Doctor. "That said it's possible to be grateful to the opportunity and respectful for the colleagues and the people that I work with, but still maintain a steadfast sense of your self-worth. All good things come to an end and I closed that chapter on Hawaii Five-0 and I begin this chapter on The Good Doctor."
"I couldn't be more excited to be back at ABC, where I started my career in earnest and to be working with such incredible people," Kim continued, referencing his time on Lost. "This is the start of something new and I’m really grateful for that too."
It is unclear whether Kim would be open to returning to Hawaii Five-0 one final time.
Kim and his co-star, Grace Park, exited the series in July after both failed to successfully negotiate salary bumps, reportedly to be equal to Alex O'Loughlin and Scott Caan. When news of Kim's exit broke, he confirmed it on his Facebook with a lengthy message to the fans.
"By now many of you have heard the news, and I’m sad to say it is true," Kim wrote on his Facebook page at the time. "I will not be returning to Hawaii Five-0 when production starts next week. 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."
After Kim and Park's departures, CBS announced three new cast members
Ian Anthony Dale, Meaghan Rath and Beulah Koale, who would, in essence, replace the duo.
"There will be a time where I’ll want to try something new and different. I'm not sure when that time will be, but I’m sure it will coincide with the life cycle of our show," Kim said then. "I'm enjoying working on this show in a way that I haven’t in the past, and there’s a comfort level here that will be irreplaceable. At the same time, the nature of television is that shows get canceled, shows move forward, people move on and I'm aware of that as well."
The Good Doctor premieres Monday, Sept. 25 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.