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Jennifer Esposito Calls Out CBS on Twitter

 

Jennifer Esposito plays detective Jackie Curatola on CBS' 'Blue Bloods'... or at least, she used to. After collapsing on set, Esposito's character was placed on indefinite leave, after CBS issued a statement that the actor was "unable to perform the demands of her role." The network's decision to side-line Esposito, who suffers from Celiac disease, was lambasted by Esposito herself on twitter yesterday where the 'Blue Bloods' star decided to offer her side of the story. 

Jennifer Esposito


After CBS' statement insinuated that Esposito requested the leave of absence, Esposito herself set the story straight by posting the following: 


“CBS PUT me on unpaid leave and has blocked me from working anywhere else after my doctor said you needed a reduced schedule due to Celiac,” she wrote. “CBS didn’t listen to my doc and I collapsed on set. Which everyone saw! After a week off my doc said I could return to work but CBS implied that I was NOT truly ill and this was a scheme to get a raise! It’s been almost two months without bringing me back to work + keeping Me from working anywhere else!… Absolutely shameful behavior.” (source: Deadline.com


Blue Bloods title cardAs Esposito explains, the actress needed a mere week off of work for health issues and CBS brass decided to extend that indefinitely. As Esposito has been an outspoken sufferer of Celiac disease and an advocate for further awareness regarding the ever-growing epidemic of the condition, CBS execs had to know that she wasn't going to take her removal lying down. 

Esposito had already wrapped shooting on her final 'Blue Bloods' episode, slated to air on November 2. On the series, Esposito portrayed Danny Reagan's partner--the plot has been amended to include a spate of guest stars to fill in as Reagan's temporary partners, in Esposito's extended absence. Megan Ketch, fresh off of a guest starring role on 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,' will be the first replacement partner, having signed on for four episodes of 'Blue Bloods.'

At the time of their initial statement, CBS made it clear that the CBSdoor was open for Esposito to return to the series in the future. Now, having been publically shamed, time will tell if that policy has been reconsidered. 

 

How will CBS respond? Stick with TVRage for the latest on this budding drama. 

 



Details
Show:
- Blue Bloods
Person:
- Jennifer Esposito
- Megan Ketch
Network:
- CBS

Written by: bad_subject
Oct 21st, 2012, 1:59 am

Anonymous

Message Posted On Feb 6th, 2013, 6:44 am
When are you all going to bring back Jennifer. She was a perfect partner for Donnies' character. They just blended togethter so well. Please do whatever you can to help her return.My family and I truly miss her.
Anonymous

Message Posted On Dec 30th, 2012, 2:44 am
The replacements for Jackie are hideous. Won't watch until she is brought back. Shameful!
Anonymous

Message Posted On Nov 26th, 2012, 6:08 am
Jennifer Esposito was one of the big reasons our family watched Blue Bloods. We turned it off when we saw her replacement. Why don't the producers simply give her a reduced work schedule AND pay her her salary. We hope corporate decisions don't ruin this wonderful show.
Anonymous

Message Posted On Nov 10th, 2012, 1:10 pm
We watched BlueBLOODS BECAUSE SHE WAS ON IT,WE DONT WATCH NOW
Pluffmud1

Message Posted On Oct 22nd, 2012, 6:52 am
I've watched this show from the beginning and I can't believe the CBS would not believe an employee's doctor's statement concerning the health of that employee. If Jennifer Esposito were asking for more money, was late to the set, flubbed her lines or was an addict, I can see where there might be justification for writing her out of the script. But I haven't heard anything in the entertainment blogs, etc. about Ms. Esposito's behavior. She fits the part, works well on screen with her "partner" and is liked by the viewers. Please reconsider and bring her and her character back.
Anonypuss

Message Posted On Oct 21st, 2012, 4:26 am
Totally f-ing shameful of CBSinister. That's low, even for them...
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