Jennifer Esposito on ‘Blue Bloods’ Leave, Calls CBS ‘Shameful’

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ALTSeems Blue Bloods actress Jennifer Esposito is seeing red following a recent decision by the network that airs the police drama. Hollywood.com has confirmed that the actress is set to go on leave from the series for the foreseeable future due to her struggle with Celiac Disease, an autoimmune disorder. According to a statement from CBS, “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. She is a wonderfully talented actress and we hope that she will be able to return at some point in the future.”

That, however, is not quite how Esposito tells it on her Twitter. Following the announcement of the news, the actress released a barrage of tweets regarding CBS’ “absolutely shameful behavior”:

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

If you feel this is unjust use your voice. That’s all we have sometimes

— Jennifer Esposito (@JennifersWayJE) October 21, 2012

I love you all for the support need to rest now the whole situation brakes my heart. Xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

— Jennifer Esposito (@JennifersWayJE) October 21, 2012

According to a report on Deadline, the series is auditioning guest actress to fill in for Esposito, possibly as a permanent replacement. The actress’ final episode filmed prior to taking leave will air Nov. 2; guest star Megan Ketch‘s four-episode arc will begin during the same episode. Until then, seems Esposito’s blood will continue to boil on Twitter.

[Image Credit: CBS]

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