Jennifer Esposito Forced Out of Blue Bloods, Goes Off on "Shameful" CBS Behavior

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An ugly situation is developing on the set of Blue Bloods.

Jennifer Esposito, who has portrayed Detective Jackie Curatola since the show's first season, has been placed on temporary leave due to medical reasons based around the actress' battle with Celiac Disease.

Jennifer Esposito as Jackie

Said CBS Studios in announcing the move:

“Jennifer has informed us that she is only available to work on a very limited part-time schedule. As a result, she’s unable to perform the demands of her role and we regretfully had to put her character on a leave of absence.”

Esposito has already filmed her final episode, which will air on November 2, and the series has reportedly lined up a set of replacements, beginning with Megan Ketch, who will debut on that same installment.

HOWEVER, Esposito has taken to Twitter and voiced her extreme displeasure with the way things have gone down.

“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.”

We'll keep readers apprised of this development as Blue Bloods Season 3 progresses.

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HELP TOM!!! Your CBS series is making a big mistake by taking Jennifer out of the "family". When you follow a series you get to know the characters and expect to see them develop and grow. The mix on this series was amazing. The Reagan "family" and the cop "family" was what made the series different. Don't let them mess this up--FIX IT QUICK-GET JENNIFER BACK TO WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I miss Esposito very much.

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May stop watching Blue Bloods if Jackie is not brought back. Originally watched because it starred Tom Selleck, but grew to like most of the cast. I feel certain that most, if not all, regular viewers miss Jackie's character. She made the scenes with Danny very believable. If Ms. Esposito isn't brought back, you've lost 2 more VERY faithful viewers.

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I missed a couple of episodes and now I find out that one of my favorite characters has been axed. If I were the head of CBS I would make sure that Jacki Esposito was brought back and quickly. Letting an employee go because of an illness is just inexcusable. CBS should be ashamed.

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Please bring Jackie back! All sorts of problems are solved on show. Why can't they come up with a solution that includes Jackie.

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BRING BACK JACK!

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I cannot believe that CBS essentially fired Jennifer Esposito over a medical issue. As much as I like Blue Bloods, it just isn't the same without her character. I hope CBS comes to its senses and brings her back when she has recovered from her illness. The show is NOT THE SAME WITHOUT HER !!

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An element was missing watching Danny without Jackie during two consecutive shows. Jackie was sorely missed. Dismissing Jennifer Esposito with no consideration, compassion, and attempt to work around Ms. Esposito's medical condition given the excellent job she has done portraying a strong, supportive, and intelligent female minority character lends itself in serving as an excellent role model for viewers. Bring Ms. Jennifer Esposito back!

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Tom selleck was the main reason I wanted to watch the show. It is a great show "real" life situations as well as police drama. I've grown interest in all the characters, they all make the puzzle complete. You take away a piece of the puzzle and it's just not the same. PLEASE do right by "Jackie" and let her work when she can. People don't choose to have illnesses and something she is unable to determine might happen shouldn't be held against her.

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To CBS: Letting Jennifer Esposito go is a huge and insensitive mistake!

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