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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Blue Bloods is one of my favorite shows of all time. I love the Sunday dinners together, and I love that they discuss all their topics and situations in front of the kids, and if anyone asks a question, it's answered in the best way for that child. I will probably always watch the show as long as it's on, but I will certainly miss Jennifer Esposito as Danny Reagan's partner. She was one of the best examples of solid, calm, effective detectives on any police show we've had lately. I think she's an outstanding actress and deserves better treatment from CBS. I wish Jennifer a speedy recovery and a long and healthy life.

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Please bring back Jennifer Esposito as "Jack", Danny's partner.......I agree with "teachemwell's" comments...........she is terrific in her role and I would think something could be worked out to allow her to continue....celiac is addressable.............

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PLEASE, CBS, Let Ms. Esposito back on the show. Her character is one of our favorites. We are in our 70's and see so many characters that just don't fit. She does, love her style. DID NOT like the lady in last nights show. We have seen Celiac in others lives, it is not to be fooled with. CBS, would you treat a cancer patient like this? Blue Bloods is our very favorite, FAMILY, show, do NOT change people! We left CSI due to all the new cast. Don't do that to to Blue bloods.

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Bring Espisito back to the show! PLEASE!

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Bring back "Jack" as her partner often calls her!! I watched tonight's show and wondered what happened to Jennifer, until the end when she showed up to clean out her desk! Thus my search online. Bring her back- she is a great part of the cast!!!!

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Please bring back Jennifer Esposito as Danny's partner. They have such great chemistry. The one now playing it is not working. No connection. Thanks for listening.

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I have watched blue bloods since it's debut, first because of tom selleck, but stayed for more shows because of the realistic way the characters interact. Especially ms. Esposito & donnie wahlberg's police partnership. I wondered what happened to danny's partner on the last two shows! Bring back ms esposito, cbs! Celiac disease is a serious and unnerving disorder and she contributes so much to her character as a tough no nonsense policewoman! We need strong female characters that are smart and know how to do a top-notch job. It's been a problem with cbs for a long time to "kill off" actors who run afoul with management; please change your attitudes & this unfair decision! Thank you.

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WAKE UP CBS!!! Jennifer Esposito was not a regular character on this show in the beginning, but she was so well-liked in the role of Jackie that she was signed to full-time status. The connection with Donnie Wahlberg (Danny Reagan) is what makes the partnership work and is a key element of the show.
Blue Bloods needs all the actors who portray their roles so well - this is the best show on TV, and coming from a four-generation police family, I can speak from experience that the show is well-written and its actors are professionals, who take their roles seriously. PLEASE SHOW SOME CONSIDERATION AND COMPASSION AND WORK WITH JENNIFER ESPOSITO TO KEEP HER ON FULL-TIME STATUS FOR THIS SHOW. If she goes due to your lack of professionalism, CBS will be losing a very large following for this show!

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The remainder of my comment:
In my case, likely because my body was hit with what it considered toxins for so long (45 years), I still have these physical effects, but they are less severe, especially the pain. (By the way, I included dairy as 50% of those who are gluten-intolerant are also dairy-intolerant according to Dr. Kenneth Fine ... not due to lactose, the sugar, but because of the protein casein.) Ultimately, some people will get completely better after removing gluten & dairy from their diets; some will feel moderately better and others will still struggle day to day, especially in the stamina department. Perhaps it's not too late for Ms. Esposito. Getting off dairy as well as gluten could be the answer to a happy outcome for both her and CBS.

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As to CBS' rights or wrongs, anyone can see both sides, but, as to the effects of celiac, these are clear, and their symptoms and intensity can vary from individual to individual as so many factors can impact illness levels. Both my daughter and I were found to have the gene for gluten-intolerance. I first found out in my late 40's after years of a sinking illness that moved me from the workplace to working out of the home. I had (and still have) waves of greater than lesser intensity of debilitating weakness, widespread pain, excruciating headaches, including migraines, irregular heartbeat, alternating bowel issues. Once I was determined to be gluten-intolerant, I had my daughter tested as the condition runs in families. Her symptoms were completely different: intermittent rashes, stomach pain, nausea and occasional panic attacks. Once off gluten (and dairy), my daughter's symptoms vanished completely. They return only if she accidentally ingests either. In my case, likely because my body was hit with what it considered toxins for so long (45 years), I still have these physical effects, but they are less severe, especially the pain. (By the way, I included dairy as 50% of those who are gluten-intolerant are also dairy-intolerant according to Dr. Kenneth Fine ... not due to lactose, the sugar, but because of the protein casein.) Ultimately, some people will get completely better after removing gluten & dairy from their diets; some will feel moderately better and others will still struggle day to day, especially in the stamina department. Perhaps it's not too late for Ms. Esposito. Getting off dairy as well as gluten could be the answer to a happy outcome for both her and CBS.