Jennifer Esposito of "Blue Bloods" accuses CBS of "shameful behavior"
Donnie Wahlberg and Jennifer Esposito are shown in a scene from "Blue Bloods." / CBS
"Blue Bloods" actress Jennifer Esposito is blasting CBS for sidelining her from the police drama.
In Twitter postings, she accused the network of "absolutely shameful behavior" in putting her on unpaid leave.
On Saturday, CBS TV Studios released a statement to Deadline, saying, "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 fired back on Twitter, saying she's been diagnosed with celiac disease and requires a reduced work schedule. She said CBS believes she is angling to win a pay raise.
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
Me from working anywhere else! So no that article is not telling you the truth. Absolutely shameful behavior-- Jennifer Esposito (@JennifersWayJE) October 21, 2012
A representative for CBS Television Studios declined to comment on Esposito's tweets.
The actress' last appearance for now as Detective Jackie Curatola airs on Nov. 2. The network says it hopes Esposito will be able to return. For now, Deadline added, the show will bring in guest stars to serve as Danny Reagan's (Donnie Wahlberg) temporary partner -- the first will be Megan Ketch, who will reportedly appear in four episodes.
Celiac disease is a digestive disorder caused by foods that contain gluten, a protein found in wheat.
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