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Jennifer Esposito upset over Blue Bloods leave of absence

Jennifer Esposito

Story by Jack Foley

BLUE Bloods regular Jennifer Esposito has taken to Twitter to express her disgust at what she views as the ‘shameful behaviour’ of CBS over her enforced leave of absence from the hit cop show.

The actress, who plays Detective Jackie Curatola, the partner of Danny Reagan (Donnie Wahlberg) on the show, had been seeking an easier schedule so that she could properly manage her coeliac disease.

But CBS have insisted on a longer hiatus and, in a statement released to Deadline, commented: “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.”

This, in turn, has angered Esposito, who took to Twitter to retaliate and set the record straight from her point of view.

She posted: “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 behaviour.”

CBS has said that it hopes “that she will be able to return at some point in the future” but in the meantime has cast several guest stars to occupy her slot, including Megan Ketch.

Blue Bloods follows the life of a family of cops in New York City and also stars Tom Selleck and Bridget Moynahan.

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