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?