‘Blue Bloods’ Star Claims CBS Benched Her Because She’s Sick

by | October 21, 2012 at 12:32 PM | Blue Bloods, TV News

Jennifer Esposito in "Blue Bloods" (Photo: CBS)

“Blue Bloods” star Jennifer Esposito is accusing CBS of sidelining her because she’s ill.

The actress — who plays Det. Jackie Curatola on the New York-based cop series — made her feelings known via Twitter over the weekend. The story turned up on various TV Web sites, including this story on Deadline.com, which has the full text of her Tweets.

Esposito, 39, is claiming that CBS’ decision to “put her on a leave of absence” is discriminatory because she suffers from celiac disease, described here as “an autoimmune disorder of the small intestine.”

“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 on Twitter, according to Deadline. “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.”

Deadline reported previously about the CBS-mandated leave of absence under which production of “Blue Bloods” is continuing without the Curatola character, and with a succession of other actresses coming in to play new partners for Det. Danny Reagan (Donnie Wahlberg).

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The earlier Deadline story had a statement from CBS that said: “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’s last episode of “Blue Bloods” (for now) is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 2, Deadline said.

“Blue Bloods,” starring Tom Selleck, airs every Friday night at 10/9c on CBS.