Hawaii Five-0 fans were shocked to hear on Friday that the series will be coming to an end after 10 seasons. The show will finish just two seasons shy of tying the original series' 12-season run. Still, the reboot will end with 240 episodes and built a fanbase around the world, as it was shown in more than 200 countries.
"It's never easy to say goodbye to a hit franchise that carried on the legacy of the original with such distinction, while establishing its own signature style," Kelly Kahl, President, CBS Entertainment, said in a statement. "From episode one, Hawaii Five-0 has been a huge success for us. Thanks to the amazing talents of the producers, writers, cast and crew, it has played a key role for a decade on our schedule and helped establish our powerhouse Friday night. We cannot be prouder of its quality and longevity and are thankful for the passionate fan devotion it inspired."
The original Hawaii Five-O was created by Leonard Freeman and ran from 1968 to 1980. The reboot was developed by Peter M. Lenkov, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, and has featured Alex O'Loughlin as Steve McGarrett and Scott Caan as Detective Danny Williams in every season. The show's current cast also includes Chi McBride, Meaghan Rath, Taylor Wily, Dennis Chun, Kimee Balmilero, Ian Anthony Dale and Katrina Law.
"Hawaii Five-0 has been such a blessing to me and all of the people who have worked on this incredible show," Lenkov, who serves as executive producer, said Friday. "I truly learned the meaning of ‘ohana’ as the viewers embraced us and the people of Hawaii welcomed us with the privilege to film on their shores. I am forever indebted to the creative genius that was Leonard Freeman who gave us such a beautiful story to begin with. And my eternal gratitude to our cast, led by our hero Alex O'Loughlin, the writers, the production team, our CBS ohana, and most importantly YOU, the fans, who allowed us to come to work with pride and made our series such a success. Mahalo."
"This show has been pretty much every waking moment for the last 10 years of my life," O'Loughlin added. "Everywhere I go on this planet, in every language, I am McGarrett to all these people. What we’ve done, what we've accomplished, it's extraordinary. I can't really put words to express my level of gratitude. I’m just glad to have been a part of this, a part of history, and I’m going to miss it. And to the fans, I don't know how to thank you guys. Thank you for following us the way you have. I'm going to miss you. Aloha."
The show will end with a two-hour finale on Friday, April 3 at 9 p.m. ET. The episode will include the returns of James Masters, William Sadler and Mark Dacascos.
Hawaii Five-0 airs on CBS Fridays at 9 p.m. ET. Scroll on to see how fans have reacted to Friday's surprising news.
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Daniel Dae Kim Responds
Sad to hear about the cancellation of #H50. Not only did it employ 100s of people (and many friends), it contributed millions to the island’s economy & most of all, meant so much to the people of #Hawaii. Shows may come & go, but the legacy of Hawaii 5-0 will remain. #Aloha Oe— Daniel Dae Kim (@danieldaekim) February 29, 2020
Daniel Dae Kim played Detective Lieutenant Chin Ho Kelly in the show's first seven seasons, but he was written out of the show due to a pay dispute with CBS. Kim and Grace Park sought paychecks equal to what O'Loughlin and Caan received, but CBS' offers to the two stars were still lower than what the others are paid. Despite this history, Kim offered a classy response to the show ending.
'You Make Me Cry!'
@HawaiiFive0CBS Oh Alex. You are making me cry.😢Fantastic show. 10 amazing seasons. I hope the injury heals Alex. Prayers. You are an amazing person. Been a fan since Moonlight. I just want to say, thank you and to everyone at Hawaii-5-0. #H50— Melissa Langley (@MKL712) February 28, 2020
'I Grew Up With All These Shows Ending'
Shameless, Supernatural, Hawaii 5-0...— 💝Gallavich💝 (@Love_Is_Fisher) February 29, 2020
I grew up with all these shows and they’re all going to end this year.
Beautiful way to start this new decade ! 🥺😓😢💔 pic.twitter.com/VRYF06lJUd
One fan was very sad that Hawaii Five-0, Supernatural and Shameless are all ending in the same year.
I'm gonna miss you boy.#Repost h50eddie
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I will miss you all. I love you all. Big hugs. Shooting my very last scene on 5-0 in about one hour. 🧡 Very sad. https://t.co/BxJ3zeOvnS— Steve McGarrett (@Steve_McGfans) February 29, 2020
'Thank You for So Many Awesome Episodes'
@PLenkov Thank you for so many awesome Hawaii 5-0 episodes. Its a shame to see it go, but I'm grateful for the ten seasons we got. I went from 12 to 22 watching this show. Crazy.— TenneyBox (@TenneyBox) February 29, 2020
'At Least They're Getting a Good-bye Episode'
Hawaii 5-0 is ending. Man at least they're getting a good bye episode.— Simone Umba (@simkumba) February 28, 2020
I’m very upset that Hawaii 5-0 is ending but am happy that One Chicago each get 3 more seasons. But my #H50 😭😭💔💔— Sam (@drewwcrewww) February 29, 2020
'All Good Things Must Come to an End'
Can't believe Hawaii 5-0 is ending after 10 seasons. It feels weird that this is happening, but all good things must come to an end. This show was my childhood, and I'm happy to have been part of the journey.— King of Subway Wraps ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) (@TheNoshJelson) February 29, 2020
Hawaii 5-0 is ENDING 😭 a sad day— fatima🦋 (@fatiiiimaaa) February 28, 2020
Woah Hawaii 5-0 is ending this season too. Literally EVERYTHING I watch is wrapping up. Yikes.— 𝗞𝗮𝘆𝘀𝗶 (@Iilithsternin) February 28, 2020
Criminal minds ended a while ago and i'm still not over that.Hawaii 5.0 is ending in a few days and i'm in shock.Istg out of my 3 fave shows 2 of them are gone forever🥺😭— darcy🥺wheels up (@criminalxlrh) February 28, 2020