Jennifer Esposito On Leave From ‘Blue Bloods’

Blue Bloods Season 3 Episode 2 Domestic Disturbance

Actress Jennifer Esposito has gone public about her dismay towards CBS TV Studios, as confirmed by Deadline. The performer is speaking out after news comes from the network that her character Detective Jackie Curatola has been written out of the hit procedural Blue Bloods for the time being.

Esposito struggles with Celiac Disease, a medical issue that has prompted the actress at her doctor’s request to reduce her demanding time on the set of the show. CBS has since issued a statement over the performer’s absence. “Jennifer has informed us that she is only available to work on a very limited part-time schedule,” the Studio said in a statement. “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.” Adding, “She is a wonderfully talented actress and we hope that she will be able to return at some point in the future.”

The actress is saying otherwise, enraged that she has been written out and replaced by a number of upcoming guest stars who will fill in as her replacement and actor Donnie Walhberg’s partner in the series. “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.”

‘Blue Bloods’ November 2nd episode will feature Esposito one last time unless a deal is meant otherwise. The hour will also welcome actress Megan Ketch (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) as Walhberg’s temporary partner in crime. Tell us what you think Esposito fans? Was CBS unfair and insensitive to the actress?

  • Theresa Hernandez

    It’s sad that celiac disease still seems to be so misunderstood by the general public. I’m tired of seeing those who eat gluten-free treated as idiots, outcasts, or self-absorbed underweight models on TV shows. It’s an autoimmune disease, similar to Type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis or graves disease. It is NOT an eating disorder or something to be joked about. You don’t see the same treatment of people with other autoimmune diseases.

  • Marilyn Wrightm3

    I think it was very unfair treatment.  I have expressed my disagreement with their decision at CBS.com, Feedback at the bottom of the page.  I have NO interest in watching without Jennifer.  I loved the chemistry with Donnie Wahlberg–the best part of the show.   What CBS did was outrageous and I will no longer watch.

  • Bill Green

    I think she (Esposito) is a very important part of the show and I would be livid if CBS does not let her continue as soon as possible.  I would go so far as to say she helped save the show in its early days!!

  • Yolibear49

    If she is not using this as a rouse for more money, then we must believe she is truly ill. If her performances (which I think do) contribute to the show’s quality, then, CBS should work with her! I’ve certainly noticed her absence, in fact I think the writers owe her an episode about her character!

  • Pebbles

    Jennifer Esposito was wonderful! She was a great actress and seems like CBS didn’t listen to her doctor .. Need to let her back !!

  • Bret664100

    Don’t do  it, CBS!  Jennifer is one of the reasons we never miss an episode. No joke.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/F3EACJ7JDLHWPVJ7CDJG2SEW6Y luvsjustice

    CBS needs to bring Jennifer back. I LOVE her character Jackie, and think she is perfect as Danny’s partner. I would not want to see ANY actress replace her. CBS needs to do right by her.

  • 3dguns

    Yes they were unfair and should let her work in other shows or bring her back and pay her. She must have ben a good employee is that how good people ? why do they do it to good people beacuse they can and that stinks shame on you CBS………..

  • barb

    I really hope she comes back. I’ve liked her so much in everything she’s acted in, but I especially like her interaction with Wahlberg It’s a GREAT show and I never miss it. CBS BRING HER BACK!

  • Anonymous

    I missed her too.  So, I had to look up what happened to her.  If what she says is true, then shame on CBS.  You will lose your fans over this one.

    • Peter Thrasher

      I totally agree with you Barb. I couldn’t have said it better myself.

  • Josemariaribal

    First of all, it is discriminatory. Second, it is abusive, as CBS has blocked out any work alternative for her. Third, the quality of the show has taken a big hit. It is now far less interesting and dynamic.

  • Tbruno153

    Firing someone for celiac disease is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. It is basically a dietary issue and she will be fine if she eats the right foods. We LOVE Jennifer in the role and the chemistry between her and Danny. She is a talented actress and we’ve all come to care about her in the storyline. This makes NO SENSE!!!! Please put her back in the show. As a NewYorker and a gluten senstive person I implore you to reconsider and get her back in the show!!!!!!

  • Ddb

    Not sure who is right or wrong in this situation but I can say you are losing a perfect “New York cop detective” partner for Danny.  Previous ones have been light weight and I’m sure future ones will be also.  Hope CBS is really convinced that they are getting jacked around by Jennifer because they are the losers in this case.  Loved Jennifer’s roll and she was the perfect partner for Danny.  Good luck CBS, like a well balanced football team you are now screwing it up!

  • bonnie

    what a shame…..Danny and Jackie are wonderful together.I miss her and the show will suffer because she isn’t there. BRING HER BACK!!!!!!

  • scott

    This is utterly rediclous, Jennifer is a wonderful actress and sounds to have a very legit claim, CBS is so wrong for doing this and also leaving all us veiwers with no explanation

  • C4maj17

    I think CBS is just plain wrong in this instance.
    If Ms Esposito is as good and talented as they say and her fans like
    Me know that then it seems that CBS is not being honest to anyone and
    That will come back to bite them. Mr. Wahlberg and Ms. Esposito
    Have great chemistry and that should not be “messed” with.

    • Afconiglio

      So who was that Jackie not-look-alike in the last scene on tonight’s show?

  • Lyn

    Unfair treatment. I’m praying for her healing and pray she’ll be back, she has a lot to do with the success of the program. One of a kind!

  • tcothren

    Bring Jennifer Esposito back NOW!!! 

  • Ryan

    Really enjoyed Jennifer’s character and will miss her..  As for her being on unpaid leave, which is like being laid off or fired, I’m sure the union will get involved, especially if she really is blocked from working elsewhere……

  • Sharonv303

    She will be greatly missed no matter the reason for her departure. It is shameful that a part-time deal could not be worked out. I would far more respect the network and other cast members if they fought for her. Hopefully Karma won’t bite tehm.

  • Fshar

    CBS cares? Yeah, right!

  • Rimeorreazzon78

    1ST, THE THUMBS DOWN IS FOR CBS, NOT THE ARTICLE! (OR SHOULD I SAY CB-ASS!) 2ND, MY WIFE & MY MOTHER ARE STRONG, POWERFUL, HONEST & HARDWORKING LADIES THAT ARE DISGUSTED, AS AM I, THAT SHE IS OFF THE SHOW – TEMPORARILY OR PERMANENTLY!!
    I DON’T CARE IF SHE WAS “JUST DEMANDING MORE CHEDDAR, LUCCI, SAWBACKS, CLAMS OR PLAIN OLD DOLLA, DOLLA BILLS Y’ALL!!” ALTHOUGH THAT’S. CLEARLY NOT THE CASE HERE!! I COMPLETELY BELIEVE J-ESP & HER CAMP! BUT, IF IT WERE “JUST $$$” I’D SAY PAY THE LADY, AS SHE IS A TOP 5 “MOST IMPORTANT CHARACTER ON THE %&$#@ SHOW” FOR SURE!!
    YOU ARE SICK CBS, S-I-C-K!! ALSO, SHOVE IT IN YOUR KIESTER FOR CANCELING “CSI:MIAMI” & KEEPING “CSI:NY” (AWFUL THIS YR/LAST YR)!!
    (SORRY I’M YELLING, LOL)

  • Rimeorreazzon78

    Sawbucks sorry still sux

  • rd

    Bring Jennifer Espisito back.  Her being “written out” of the series would be a great misdeed to the program

  • Poisonous

    I think Jennifer is a great actress and it will be really sad to see her leave the show.  Excellent casting has made this show an all time hit.  Love it!!!!!  Work with her. 

  • Thompson-hall

    CBS:  Have some patience and understanding!  Jennifer is such a great addition to the cast.  Give her some time, help her work around her availabilty, but don’t do away with Jackie!! 

  • Michelle

    What a shame.  Jennifer’s character fit so well with Danny…..both tough but good cops.  We enjoyed watching the show each week with them.  You know the old saying “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it”.  These two characters fit so well together and I am afraid it will not be the same without her.  CBS BRING HER BACK!!  I am sure something can be worked out.  When an actress is pregnant networks sometimes never show them from the waist down so adjust accordingly with her character and her situation.

  • Marie Dominguez

    I think CBS is very unfair in their decision to write Jennifer Esposito out of Blue Bloods, it won’t be the same without her.  She is so important to the show I don’t even think I want to watch it anymore.  Celiac disease is no joke I know people who have and are still able to work and to say she is just scheming to get more money is totally ridiculous.

  • Sammie

    Typical of the “Big Network” mentality. Did CBS actually bother confer with her physician? She is a wonderful part of the show and needed. To bad, it will be missed if they continue, perhaps a few hundred less viewers could send a message!

  • rpr

    don’t do it, CBS. Big mistake.

  • Libby luster

    Yes bring Jennifer back. Amazing actress !

  • Priscilla

    Have watched Blue Bloods from the first episode and have enjoyed the show enormously, but …. since Jennifer Esposito is no longer on – it lacks the chemistry that she brought to it. Hopefully her health will improve and the powers that be will bring her back. A Canadian fan.

  • Kristi

    If she doesn’t come back I will stop watching it. She is the biggest reason i watch it. That other girl just doesn’t fit.

  • science girl

    We can all gripe and moan through each and every season of Blue Bloods–but does the word ‘STRIKE’ mean anything to anyone? If one wants a dog to act as it should, one shouldn’t be feeding it treats when it’s behaving badly….hmmmm…..just a thought…….POWERTOTHEPEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!

  • Lois

    She was outstanding as Esposito and we wondered why she didn’t get a bigger part. Now She’s gone and the replacement is just like lukewarm water. Nothing special.