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'Blue Bloods' casts "temporary" replacements for Jennifer Esposito

In a controversial announcement earlier this week, CBS placed Jennifer Esposito on indefinite medical leave from its police drama Blue Bloods because the actress required a reduced work load due to her struggles with celiac disease. Although Esposito disputed the network's account and informed them that she could return to work, CBS sidelined her character and is in the process of casting actresses to fill in as temporary partners for Donnie Wahlberg's Detective Danny Reagan on the show.

Megan Ketch
Beginning with the November 2 episode entitled "Nightmares," Megan Ketch is slated to appear in four episodes as Danny's new partner. A recent guest star on NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Ketch is a graduate of the New York University Acting Class of 2011 and also starred in an ABC pilot called Gotham that wasn't picked up for this season.

 

Megan Boone
Following young Ms. Ketch will be another MeganMegan Boone, best known for her role on Law & Order: Los Angeles as Junior Deputy District Attorney Lauren Stanton. Recently seen in the movie Step Up Revolution as well as the 2009 remake of My Bloody Valentine, Boone's arc on Blue Bloods includes three episodes, plus an option to become a series regular if the need arises.

While CBS had originally left the door open for Esposito to return, these moves seem to convey the opposite intention. The fact that both Ketch and Boone are of caucasian heritage wasn't lost on the 39-year-old Italian-American actress, who retweeted the following message on Twitter today: "There it is. CBS got rid of the only minority cast member so they can have an ALL WHITE CAST like CSI." Probably followed by a sad face with angry eyebrows.

Donnie Wahlberg and Jennifer Esposito
Ironically, Esposito acquired her role on Blue Bloods in much the same way during the first season. She was one of several actresses who appeared in guest arcs as temporary partners for Danny before she landed the role permanently. The big difference is that she wasn't being brought in to replace an established regular who had medical issues.

Judging by the online petitions initiated by fans of Blue Bloods, CBS really botched this up and came off very insensitively. I can understand the need for a full-time actress, but I've never heard anything bad about Jennifer Esposito and I'm sure they could have worked this situation out amicably to accomodate her medical needs.

How do you feel about it?


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

Written by: Chrononaut
Oct 26th, 2012, 5:35 am

Anonymous

Message Posted On Apr 7th, 2014, 4:31 am
Nope, Esposito fit the part perfectly. I thought I liked Marisa Ramirez, but I don't; she's trying to copy Jennifer and it doesn't work. I'm losing interest since Esposito left. She had chemistry with Danny. I didn't even watch last week.
Anonymous

Message Posted On Feb 27th, 2014, 10:07 pm
Good riddance to her character, Esposito was too whiny and negative. Her character added nothing to the show, no initiative, no leadership, no direction other to be the side kick. At least Megan Ketch had some 'balls' and was a contrast to Danny Reagan character.
A Nonymouse

Message Posted On Jan 5th, 2014, 4:56 am
Could never figure out why her character disappeared with no reason. Esposito was the best of a lackluster bunch of sidekicks to Danny. The very worst is the lipo lip latino gal. Too bad they ditched her, didn't help a mediocre show any more watchable.
Pal Joey

Message Posted On Jul 13th, 2013, 7:22 am
I love Megan Ketch in the role
Anonymous

Message Posted On Jul 2nd, 2013, 1:08 am
Looks like Marisa Ramirez is the permanent partner for Danny.
Anonymous

Message Posted On Apr 11th, 2013, 8:42 am
Jennifer Esposito Jennifer Esposito Jennifer Esposito Jennifer Esposito Jennifer Esposito Jennifer Esposito Jennifer Esposito Jennifer Esposito Jennifer Esposito Jennifer Esposito Need I say more??? She rocks on Blue Bloods!
Proud Italian who can spe

Message Posted On Apr 8th, 2013, 3:16 am
Good riddance to an annoying/whiny character. The wise mouthed Italian character was so stereotypical, Ms Espisito did little to add any meat to the role, she was the dopey side kick there to make Danny look smart. Anybody, and I do mean anybody they bring in will do a bettere job.
Anonymous

Message Posted On Apr 7th, 2013, 3:39 am
I use to watch religously. Jennifer was just so likeable, edgy, and genuine to the character. These other atresses have just been plug ins. I guess I will just tune into the ten oclock news. Later.
Anonymous

Message Posted On Mar 16th, 2013, 1:08 pm
I definitely think they need to bring Jennifer back. Tom Selleck doesnt do that much but thats ok. Its Tom Selleck!Bring her back. Her and Danny are awesome together.
Anonymous

Message Posted On Mar 16th, 2013, 2:07 am
Marisa Ramirez is the best out of the replacements, but she still doesn't surpass Esposito. The show is NOT the same and for those that don't agree, that's okay. I love Jennifer!!!
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