Jennifer Esposito blames twitchy studio heads and not her ability to perform for being written off “Blue Bloods.”
The actress – made popular for her role in the 2004 film Crash – has been written off the crime drama "Blue Bloods" following a medical emergency that reportedly happened in August. Esposito claims that she was dropped from the series related to her diagnosis of celiac disease.
A burning sh*t storm from the actress against the network has commenced, complete with accusations that CBS isn’t taking the diagnosis seriously and is unjustly dumping her from the storyline.
“She said she was being worked too hard and was escorted to her trailer and filming was halted,” a source told the New York Post.
“The crew was forced to come back to finish the scene on a Saturday a few weeks later, and that was when Jennifer discovered from the script they were writing her off the show.”
On Sunday, the network released the following contradicting statement to Deadline.com:
“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 – the sexy reason that we tune into “Blue Bloods” in the first play – completely denies the claims made in CBS’ statement. She took her argument to Twitter, saying that “CBS didn't listen to my doc” and that they implied that she was “not truly ill.”
CBS knows PUT me on unpaid leave an has blocked me from working anywhere else after my doc said u needed a reduced schedule due to celiac— Jennifer Esposito (@JennifersWayJE) October 21, 2012
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— Jennifer Esposito (@JennifersWayJE) October 21, 2012
Implied that I was NOT truly ill and this was a scheme to get a raise! It's been almost two months without brining me back to work + keeping— Jennifer Esposito (@JennifersWayJE) October 21, 2012
Her Twitter rant was backed by her lawyer William J. Briggs, II who in a statement said “the only drama on the set of ‘Blue Bloods’ in August was that captured on film for the series.”
Briggs claims that CBS reported a “vicious falsehood’ and has replaced her character but “will not let her out of her contract.”
Jennifer plays Detective Jackie Curatola – a protagonist among the ensemble cast - on the series alongside Donnie Wahlberg, Will Estes, Tom Selleck and Bridget Moynahan.
“Blue Bloods” airs Fridays at 10/9c on CBS. Esposito’s final episode is scheduled to air on November 2.