Blue Bloods actress Jennifer Esposito is in a war of words with CBS. They claim she can’t follow a schedule needed to adequately perform her job, and she claims she has a medical reason for requesting a reduced working schedule.
Esposito has been open with her battle of Celiac Disease, which is “a condition that damages the lining of the small intestine and prevents it from absorbing parts of food that are important for staying healthy.”
Things reached their boiling point this past weekend, when CBS released a public statement defending their decision to place Esposito’s character, Detective Jackie Curatola, on a leave of absence.
The real point of contention though seems to be that during this time, they are banning Esposito from accepting any other work.
CBS says Esposito informed them she can only work “a very limited time part-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.”
But, Esposito was quick to fire back on her Twitter account, telling her followers that CBS wasn’t telling the whole story.
Esposito angrily tweeted, “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. 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.”
Guest stars will be brought in to fill the void of Esposito’s absence, starting with newcomer Megan Ketch. Ketch will appear in four episodes. Esposito’s last episode will air November 2.
Does anyone else suspect a lawsuit brewing?