Blue Bloods' Jennifer Esposito Departs Show, Slams CBS For Its 'Shameful Behavior'

Jennifer Esposito Leaving Blue BloodsJennifer Esposito is temporarily turning in her badge on Blue Bloods amid a contentious behind-the-scenes dispute with CBS.

On Saturday, CBS released a statement to our sister site Deadline saying the actress, who plays Det. Jackie Curatola on the Friday night procedural, “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.”

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Esposito, who has been very public about her battle with Celiac Disease, quickly shot back on Twitter that “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.”

Esposito’s “final” Blue Bloods episode will air Nov. 2. In the meantime, Deadline reports that the show will bring in guest stars to fill the void. First up: Relative newcomer Megan Ketch, who will serve as Danny’s temporary partner in at least four episodes.

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  1. TMW says:

    Megan Ketch had one of the leads in a pilot called Gotham which didn’t get picked up this year.

    • JI says:

      Unfortunately I have to say I am sadden Esposito will be on air until her situation is resolved. I think she is very talented and has made the role her own. I am sure Megan Ketch is just as talented but it just wasn’t working for me.

    • Paul says:

      CBS SHAME ON YOU!!!! What are you thinking. Let’s be real. Bring back Esposito she is good for the show. The show is just not the same. CBS’s you behavior is absolutely shameful, NOW FIX IT!!!!!!!

      • I think we all should stop watching Blue Blood until they bring her back. How can they get away with this. What about The American Disability Act

        • Tammy Burnett says:

          I did stop watching, the new replacement his awful as dannys partner seriously, danny and jackie had a connection

      • Fix it CBS..Bring back Esposito,perfect partner for Danny on Blue Bloods

      • CBS…What kind of world is this that someone is being prevented from her chosen profession because of an illness that is somewhat controllable? Despite the fact that Jennifer’s characterization as Danny’s partner was a stunning performance, there are many, many actors who have illness and continue to work. Steve Reeves, Michael with Parkinson’s disease, Mary Tyler Moore with diabetes, etc. Sports figures who continue to play their sport despite illness, Bobby Clarke comes to mind with his great hockey playing while adjusting his insulin injections through his time on the ice. I can’t believe that shooting schedules can not be adjusted to fit the times when Jennifer is able to perform. The iconic Spencer Tracey was bed ridden on the set while making “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”? What is wrong with CBS? You have a great show that very accurately captures the essence of “police” work. Having been married to a man who was in police work for 28 years and a sister in law to a homicide detective that retired after 43 years, the characters portrayed are right on. Do the right thing, allow Jennifer to work, and pay her for what she has brought to your show. Kathleen from Pa.

      • L.Roman says:

        Jennifer cannot be replaced she has an awesome way of connecting with Danny’s character and makes the relationship work effortlessly

    • Paul says:

      Bring her back!!!! The show is not the same you are loosing fans that watch Blue Bloods.

    • L.Roman says:

      Jennifer cannot be replaced she has an awesome way of connecting with Danny’s character and makes the relationship work effortlessly

    • Eddie says:

      It is February 2013 and I recently discovered “Blue Bloods” and that it is already Season 3. I just bought Season 1 from Amazon to catch up and loved it. However, I am not writing to say how much I enjoy the show (which I do). I am writing to say that I loved the chemistry between Danny and Jackie and even though I was introduced to the show in Season 3 without Jackie (and did not know what I was missing), having watched all of Season 1 (and most of those episodes feature Danny and Jackie) is the reason I am writing today. Please bring Jackie back (Jennifer Esposito)!!! I liked the other female partners, however, their characters just do not have the richness, the complexity, and the personality of Jackie plus the work partnership based on trust that Danny and Jackie have. I am disappointed every time I watch an episode and there is no Jackie. Please undo the mistake. Thanks. (by the way I have two children diagnosed with Celiacs – does not reflect well on the show)

  2. pecola says:

    If Esposito’s story is true, CBS’s behavior is absolutely shameful.

    • JAA says:

      This, disgusting behavior.

    • Me says:

      I also fully expect a law suit to be filed.

    • James Reynolds says:

      My only comment is that Jennifer Esposito is a usual site in club scene in NY. LA and Florida. And had been in the NY paper celeb watch section a lot leading up to her collapse. I think she may have nore problems then just coeliac disease

      • Jess K says:

        Thank you. That’s what I’m saying.

      • Jennifer Esposito says:

        The person who wrote, I’m a usual at the club scene, is a disgrace. It’s people like you whose ignorance precedes them especially when speaking of something you obviously know nothing about, Celiac disease. Educate yourself before you speak . Celiac disease is a serious autoimmune disease and needs daily attention.

        • md says:

          ^^^ I have celiac and I’m a lawyer – it’s incredibly difficult. It’s hard to explain to people that it is more than just an intolerance to gluten. It’s an actual disease. It’s horrible this has had to be aired in public, but maybe it will result in more people being educated.

          • Carol T says:

            Thank you both above for your stand on ignorant people. My next door neighbor, whom I have known for 20 years has severe Celiac Disease, and I know from personal observation how devastating this disease is. How would you like to vomit after every meal? Then spend the next 12 hours in bed, so sick you can’t even sit up? Like the lawyer above stated, it is much deeper than just avoiding Gluten. My neighbor can’t have anything made with wheat such as ALL store bread labels. She has to avoid products such as Soy Sauce, Mayonaisse, and almost all prepared foods, such as frozen TV dinners. Chinese food is a no-no. Go ahead, go through your cupboards and read the labels. My neighbor does before she buys anything at the store. She has to ask restaurant cooks if there is wheat gluten in their food. It is not just an allergy!

            Anyway, back to Esposito, CBS has shown it’s colors a while back when they took their station off of the Cable and Satellite lineup without having to pay additional fees. It took DirecTV’s execs negotiations with CBS execs to work out an amicable agreement to keep CBS within the programming packages without adding a per station charge to get it in the package. Ms Esposito has every right to revolt. I hope she gets a lawyer and files a suit against CBS. It’s time those big shots are put in their place. What makes them so much more “entitled” than ABC or NBC?

          • Bob says:

            “What makes them [CBS] so much more “entitled” than ABC or NBC?” They’re No. 1 and don’t care?

        • TBird says:

          You tell them Jennifer! Corporations big and small are too quick to think that everyone is out to get something for nothing. You will not be alone in fighting this.

          • Tammy says:

            CBS needs to wise up and grow up! the show is really good this year and if they take Esposito off your going to ruin, Not only the show for the rest of the actors but, for for all of us. you finally got a cast that works well together. Keep it that way!

        • Kat says:

          Sadly autoimmune diseases are badly misunderstood. They are the “silent and invisible” diseases. Outwardly, people look “normal” but no one knows what they truly suffer. I suffer from hypothyroidism, my daughter has LUPUS and my husband is diabetic. No one would know because the disability is not readily apparent to anyone but those that are in contact 24/7… You go girl and make your story known – Americans with Disabilities anyone???

          • DL says:

            I hear you. I suffer from fibromyalgia and as part of the standard fibro IBS symptoms deal with a soy intolerance, which is also extremely hard to manage. I enjoy Ms. Esposito on the show and hope that she and CBS can reach an amicable agreement to bring her back. That said, my aunt has Celiac and I know what dealing with this can be like. I hope CBS can have some sympathy and some humanity and recognize that their behavior is wrong.

          • Terri says:

            Yes in response to your post I am a diabetic since 2000 I also suffer from extreme fibromylgia and i have ostio arthritis in both my knees and legs, and psoriatic arthritis running thru the rest of my body. I have had a spinal stimulator put into my back to help with the pain that I live with daily but my pain has passed any hope from that anymore. And now at under the age of 50 I have developed a rare form of cataracs. So yes I do speak disibilities.. and so when I see some that like that happen to happen to someone that is under a doctors care but that will not take that Everyone should file complaints againsts CBS.. She is a great actress and I love that show but I stop watching if they dont make it right.

          • ShinRhino says:

            I agree with all of the above posts about autoimmune diseases. I have Multiple Sclerosis and I could not do the job this lady does. AI diseases are so misunderstood. Mine has disabled me to the point where I not only need daily painkillers, but also a cane and a wheelchair and I’m only 25. Coeliacs disease is not something just “made up” or played on. The same with any autoimmune disease. You are fighting these diseases for life. THERE IS NO CURE. This is now a rant about how chronic autoimmune and neurological conditions are misunderstood so I’ll leave it there.

          • Laurie S. says:

            Unfortunately I have 3 different autoimmune diseases, type 1 diabetes, hypothyroidism and autoimmune hepatitis. It is a daily struggle and I walk a tight rope to manage all three diseases. I cannot imagine what it would be like to try and do this without the support of not only my family but also my workplace. What a bunch of jerks!

          • Judy says:

            I agree with you Kat !!! I have a condition called Occipital Neuralgia, and looking at me you really can’t tell. But it is so bad I had to quit working. I have had an EXTREME ( LEVEL 10 ) headache for almost 4 years now. The Pain Center that I go to , has basically given up. They don’t know what else to do for me , except keep me on 10 different drugs to try to control the headache They tried all kinds of nerve blockers, cortizone shots, epederals, Fentenal pain patch, botox shots, yet nothing works. When I leave my house, I have to wear wrap around sunglasses, and if I go some place that has loud noises I have to wear earplugs. I can’t drive at night anymore because of the type of headlights most people use now,( way TOO bright). I can’t drive for more than 45 minutes, because it makes things worse. There ARE TOO many people out there that just DON’T understand people like you, Jennifer, & myself. People PLEASE educate yourselves before passing judgement !!!

        • I love Jackie/Danny. You bring so much to the show. Sue CBS, get free and bring your great acting to some other show that will appreciate you! BM

          • Katrina says:

            Exactly! She is so much more than just a tv show. I can almost understand her not being able to do a tv show but they shouldn’t block her from doing other work. How is she supposed to live??

        • Norma says:

          Celiac disease is a serious issue. My aunt was bedridden until finally being diagnosed & suffered from osteoporosis as a result of being misdiagnosed. The happy ending is she lived until age 99 by being educated & taking care of herself.
          Tired of tyrannical networks making bad decisions esp. with women. You do an amazing job with your role and are a primary reason why we watch every week. It is an excellent cast for sure but the show would never be the same without you as Jackie. CBS needs to listen to the fans of this show…..!

        • Joel says:

          People are stupid. Sorry your sick. Your character will be missed

        • Nonya says:

          I fully agree!,I’m behind u 1000000000% 86 the haters who wanna talk smack! INCLUDING CBS!

        • Simon Cann says:

          Get better soon xx

          • Fanofbluebloods says:

            Ditto from me. Love your character. Love the chemistry with Donnie. Hope you’re well soon and can return to the role. Hope CBS sees the mistake they’ve made and make it up to you with an appropriate and compassionate response. Get better!

        • Nomphumelelo says:

          I’m sorry that you have to deal with such a difficult health problem Jennifer. I just wanted to tell you that my husband and I were happy to see you appear in Blue Bloods during season one as we really enjoyed your acting in Samantha Who? and we would be very sad to see you leave the show. We hope you and your employers can come to some sort of resolution that will benefit you. My husband’s sister also struggled with Celiac and we had no idea at the time and even now how life altering it must be. Please continue to take care of yourself and surround yourself with real friends that will stay by you no matter what job you have or don’t have.

        • So sorry to hear about your illness. When I read the article,I looked up what it was. I wish you well, I know how hard it can been when you know something is wrong with your body. Until just the right Dr. is placed in front of you.Our daughter has a autoimmune disease.”Blue Bloods” is my favorite show, especially the interaction between you and Danny. Makes the show! Your in our prayers.

        • N says:

          You tell them Jennifer.
          You will be missed xxx

          • Fred Adelman says:

            I always wondered why Jennifer never got billing in the show’s opening credits. She always gets billing after the first commercial break. She’s an important part of the show and I hope all the actors on the show fight for her right to a reduced work schedule. One word from Tom Sellick should do it. I’m a man and I thinks this stinks to high heaven. Shame on you CBS. You should be ashamed of yourself! Jennifer is a beautiful woman on the outside, but looks aren’t all that makes a person who they are. She’s suffering from a terrible disease and being punished for it.

        • Debbie says:

          You play your character so well and I’m sorry that you are being treated so badly. I hope things can be worked out because I would hate to see you leave the show.

        • Debbie says:

          I really like your character on the show and YOU make the character! I hope CBS wakes up to what the loss would be to the show if you left. I hope your doctor can find a course of treatment for your disease.

        • Susan says:

          Jennifer, You are my husband’s and my favorite character on Blue Bloods. We never know what comment you will make, and you add so much to the show. If things don’t work out, and you are forced off, you will be missed greatly! Take care of yourself, and you are in our prayers! I have been a nurse for over 30 years, and am very familiar with celiac disease. Protect yourself at all costs. And CBS should be ashamed of what they are putting you through!

        • GKrieger says:

          I just said to my daughter how much I love you as an actress. I have friends with Celiac Disease and shame on anyone who mouths off without looking it up. In this age of computers and goggle look it up. It is the closed minded people in this world that makes it bad for others. Whether Jennifer has been seen in clubs or not she has a right to live her life with some enjoyment when she is feeling OK. Remember when Cancer first hit newspapers people where afraid to touch someone with cancer in fear of getting it.

        • mike daniels says:

          Jennifer, Hope you get back on the show! You’re one of the main reasons I watch. Maybe CBS will get enough flack for this.

          • Carole M says:

            Blue Bloods is one of my favourite shows but CBS is playing dirty. My daughter has Fibro and Chronic pain and now maybe Celiac. Carol T. described our lives to a T. The network should learn about this disease. Good luck Jennifer It’s not something you get better from. It’s life-changing. You learn to live with it!!!

        • dan scott says:

          my late wife had autoimmune disease and is very debilitating.People should educate themselves ,just because you don’t look sick doesn’t mean you are not sick. My wife died of MS at the young age of 45.

        • Gail Niksic says:

          Yes, it is amazing how many people run their mouth about something they have very little knowledge. Jennifer, your absence will be missed. Please take care of your health first. These e heartless idiots have no respect for women. I also think CBS should have handled this differently- and be a lot more understanding.

        • Randy says:

          Jennifer I totally love your performance on the show and love the show but if you will not be back on I will not continue to follow. You and Danny are the two that really make the show. I will Not watch CBS at all from Now on and anyone can send this message to them.

        • Jen says:

          So, are you totally off the show or only on LOA for a short time? I love your character and hope to see you back on the show! Love the show!

        • Beverly says:

          Wow. I hope CBS educates themselves and brings you back on the show. Before my grandson was diagnosed the school kept harrassing my daughter because her son couldn’t make it to school. They just had no clue! He was so very ill. People need to understand that Celiac’s is real and very difficult to live with when you have an attack. And as careful as you may try to be sometimes you get cross contamination and the attacks happen anyway. No one should be judging you like I’m reading above. I wish you the best with this.

        • Joe Smith says:

          My wife and I are fans of yours and wish you well. We really hope to see you back on Blue Bloods or on some other show. Caring for your health must be your number one priority – hang in thers

        • Judy says:

          THANK YOU !!!! I agree 100%. CBS should be ashamed of themselves!!!!!! My daughter has Celiac disease , and suffers daily. When she comes to a dinner at our house, I make special things for her so she doesn’t suffer. You people out there that have NO IDEA what this disease can do to a person , need to educate yourselves before passing judgement!!!!!

        • t st clair says:

          Jennifer: Blue Bloods is good show; in part because you are on it. I’m not certain that I will be so apt to watch it every week after reading what CBS has done to you. Seem a little short sighted on my part? I don’t think so. You are an integral, important member of that ensemble cast. The Danny;/Jackie pairing works because of who you are and how you portray that character. I am so sorry you have this illness and must deal with it every day. The comment previously about your night club activity is absurd – rest/recovery strategy cannot be dictated by others who are not dealing with it; is a personal thing. So if you are seen out of the immediate confines of your home then you are not sick? Absurd. If you are observed socializing at night then you have a substance abuse problem? Assumption. My mother would say “consider the source”.

        • D says:

          My thoughts and prayers go out to you, Jennifer Esposito–it is disgusting what CBS has pulled, I am already not happy with them because they cancelled CSI Miami and now this with you, it is just wrong–when the doctor says to slow it down they need to abide by it that is why the doctor is a medical professional!

          • Avalon says:

            Blue Bloods is my one and only show i watch . Now I feel quilty when I do . Your incredably unique and so so beautiful. Bad CBS . Shame on them

        • Jennifer: my son, Joe has the same disease. He has had problems over employment as well. Looks like I will stop watching Blue Bloods. I do not like insensitive employers.

        • MchL says:

          I hear working on a TV series is very grueling, but I also have Celiac Disease and work long hours. My Gastroenterologist said I had the worst case of Celiac Sprue he had ever seen. I have never had to work part-time due to my illness or take FMLA, even if I ate something that made me sick. I have worked 16-hour-days on my feet with breaks only for a drink or bathroom (my choice), sometimes six days a week. My Celiac Disease did not get in the way of my job as long as I ate properly.

          What’s most upsetting to me is this situation is painting a picture of Celiac sufferers not being able to do what other people can do, not being able to work as other people can work. Celiac sufferers can live, work, survive and thrive as long as they are nutritionally responsible. I don’t want anyone to think a person having Celiac Disease is not going to able to do their job, whatever it may be.

          I know you have been an advocate for Celiac Disease, but this story has embarrassed me as a person suffering from Celiac Sprue.

          • Yago says:

            First one I heard with Celiac problems that feel ashamed of the Abuse and discrimination towards another Celiac person. If you feel ashamed to realize that you, me, them are totally expendable for the Corporations and to realize they overworked their works, I honestly doubt the veracity of your story and the intentions of your post. Wake up. Jennifer COLLAPSED after being overworked by CBS witch ignored the recommendations of her Doctors, and was unable to make reasonable accommodations (ADA Law with Celiac is cover under it since 2011) for her. Then removed from the scrip, and keep in hold without payment so CBS didn’t have to FIRE here, and preventing a Liability by doing this.
            I’m sorry, but the only thing you should be ashamed of is of your insecurity and public image (if your story is real, if you really have Celiac).

          • MchL says:

            Yes it is and yes, I do. And no, I’m not the first one.

          • debbie RN says:

            I agree with you, we “celiac’s” can lead a full life if we are careful about our diet. With diet control, the symptoms are managed. I work as a nurse, and I have NEVER EVER had to call in.

          • MchL says:

            Yes, Debbie RN. I agree. I’ve never called in either.

        • Paula says:

          Jennifer, your character is one of the reasons why I watch “Blue Bloods”. When I watched tonight’s episode I thought “she better not be going…She is! She better be back!” I sincerely hope you find a way which allows you to stay on the show. However, you must be happy. May you find a resolution which will allow you to move forward in your career and personally. Warm hugs and peace as you manage a difficult disease.

        • Kar says:

          I’m a nurse and I see very sick individuals from celiac disease.. Let alone fibromyalgia as well. What I want to say is I hope you return to the show. I think you are an asset to the show. If your return doesn’t occur, I am no longer interested in watching it.
          Most especially after hearing how you have been dismissed. Or given this unpaid leave
          Very very disappointing. I wish you well and continued success

        • karie vega says:

          jennifer i hope everything works out for you. i will miss your role on Blue Bloods. As for your health take care of yourself no job is worth it. Also if CBS is so ignorant about your disease sue them see how fast they may learn about your disease. Hopefully you will be back. Your fans love you. CBS your idiots.

        • J San says:

          I’m a police officer in LA and I met Miss Esposito awhile back. She is a great, friendly person who is going through a difficult time. I wish you nothing but the best. She plays a very true to life detective and CBS IS MAKING A BIG MISTAKE. Just because a person enjoys going to clubs doesn’t mean she is faking a disease. Hope the best for her.

        • Christina Blair says:

          Jennifer…. You will very much be missed…. No one can replace you as Danny’s partner. You and Danny “go” together. You were a team and it’s just not the same without you. Blue Bloods is one of my favorite shows and a big part of it was because of you and the part you played. I like the way you used to keep Danny in line while on the job. I am married to a Sergrant and if be had a female partner, like the one you played on the show, I would have been very happy with that. I wish you well and hope you will be back SOON…. SMARTEN UP CBS….and bring Jennifer back!!

        • Red Rover says:

          Sorry to hear your medical condition has interfered with your work this way. My husband and I think the show will be missing a fantastic character. We were so disappointed when “Jackie” announced she was taking a leave of absence. We watch Blue Bloods every week. It’s the highlight of our Friday evening TV viewing. Hope the issue is resolved quickly. Yes, I’m sure your talents could take you elsewhere but we still would miss “Jackie”! You were a perfect fit.

        • julie cavaliere says:

          I love you on the show, but ultimately your health is more important. I hope CBS can respect you and you will return to a schedule that works to maintain your health.

        • Stephanie Kerns-Bailey says:

          I would like to start by saying Blue Bloods is a cast of extremely talented actors including those that play the children. And to take out a talented key player like Jennifer is a mistake of monumental proportions especially due to a major illness. I am confident that she will retain counsel and when they realize that it’s unethical and have to pull out their pocketbook to right this injustice Jennifer will have the last word and CBS will get off their high horse. I do pray that her coworkers are standing by her side afterall if CBS screws her over then no other cast member is safe.

        • melissa says:

          I just saw the 11/9 episode and am sooooo extremely disappointed that they took jackie out of the episodes. I think she makes the show along with the rest of the characters and she will be missed and the show will not be the same. I hope Ms. Espisito gets better and I think it is wrong of CBS.

          • i agree. but mostly jackie & danny make the show for me. there’s notin’ wrong w/ being stoic, but frank is waaaaay too stoic. loosen up. back to Jennfer, best wishes & get better soon & i sure do hope they keep you w/ the show

        • Scott Rye says:

          Ms. Esposito: I hope that CBS reconsiders its position and that you are able to re-join the show. I watched your final episode and know it must have been difficult to shoot that scene. You bring authenticity to your character and Det. Curatola is the perfect foil for Det. Reagan. You belong on that show!

        • Aexander says:

          Jennifer, you were the only reason that I started watching that show. I will only watch again if you come back.

        • Karen says:

          Jennifer, I hope that you can resolve the issues with CBS – we miss your character- you are phenomenal as Jackie!! CBS knows this too-a huge mistake on their part if they don’t bring your character back to Blue Bloods. I must say say however that any protracted battle with the power lords at CBS is hardly worth the toll that it may take on your health. Hopefully, truth will prevail in the end. Will keep you in healing prayer.

        • tim faulkner says:

          Jennifer, (We share birthdays) so I’m already on your side. It’s time to show CBS , We the veiwers’ count. Give us the Character we want. As much as I like this show, I’m not watching until you (CBS) does the right thing. Looks like I get to go out earlier on Fri. nights now.
          Jennifer, you’ve got allies in Boston

        • cathy carroll says:

          I am sorry to hear that Jennifer is sick, I hope that she can come back to blue bloods because the part of Dannys partner belongs to her. You are missed Jennifer x.

        • lisa says:

          Jennifer is a HUGE loss to the show we are into season 3 in the UK and its not the same without you … the network should read the viewers comments and work with you not against you and make this a little break and come back , we hope you are well our very best wishes to you x

        • lynn says:

          I miss you on Blue Bloods and hope you can return in the near future. What excuse did they give on the show for “jackie’s” departure?

        • ANGELA THOMSON says:

          Hi Jennifer was so sorry to hear about your illness and shocked by the bully boy tactics by CBS. I hope that this will be resolved soon for you and that your are coping with it all. Miss you on Blue Bloods hurry back take care.

        • Leticia Clark says:

          Jennifer Esposito, it has been almost 4 years since your wrongful dimiissal from Blue Bloods and still I mourn the day you had to walk away. No other person filled in as a substitute has even come close to the great rapport you brought to the role. I pray you are doing better but wanted to let you know you are still so missed!

      • Cathy says:

        What does that have to do with anything? She was put on medical leave by her doctor; what you’re implying is just rude. You don’t know how long she stayed at any event, or why she was even there.

      • Kim says:

        Dear James: I guess Jennifer told you!!! wasn’t exspecting that were you!

    • Truth says:

      Gluten allergies are not a good enough reason to prevent the world from seeing more quality Tom Selleck programming. Tell you what Jennifer, put the bagel down and pick up a steak and you’ll be fine.

      • md says:

        Oooh how controversial you sound. If you were a little less ignorant you might not sound like a total asshat. Celiac isn’t a gluten allergy moron.

      • Becky says:

        She has “put the bagel down” a long time ago. Just because you go Gluten-free to control Celiac disease does NOT mean the disease goes away. You STILL suffer and have flare-ups at any given moment. And to simply imply that all she has to do is “pick up a steak and you’ll be fine” shows JUST how IGNORANT you are to what Celiac really is. Please educate yoursel.

      • Cathy says:

        Why did you write that, knowing how absolutely ignorant you would sound? So ridiculous. Before making a comment, try to be knowledgeable about your subject first.

        • Yago says:

          It’s call TROLLING. And Sadly, a big amount of this TROLLS are being paid to disrupt Online Forums, write nasty reviews on products or bringing down personalities looking for justice and make a point in different subjects. That’s why they sound so Ignorant and lacking total capacity of Critical Thinking. Their intentions are to disrupt and confuse.

      • Kj says:

        To the individual who said pick up a steak. Get educated with what’s going on before you make comments just to see your words in print. There are no words to describe how unbelievably ignorant you are with that comment.

      • Living with Celiac Disease says:

        Wow, put down the bagel and pick up a steak…what was the steak seasoned with????? Was it cooked on a grill that also has cooked food with gluten???? I can go on with the questions a celiac has to ask before they can put any food in their mouth! It isn’t that easy, you have to watch every thing you eat and watch for cross contamination. It is a very serious disease and we get extremely ill if we have something with gluten or something that touched gluten by accident. Before you make comments, please educate yourself.

      • Judy says:

        TRUTH, You are just another person that does not understand the disease. A lot of times it’s NOT JUST GLUTEN that makes them suffer in horrific pain, STEAK, OTHER RED MEATS, and so many other things can affect them. If people would read the ingredients on ordinary things you can buy at the store, you would be surprised at what you find. Restaurants should be made to list things with gluten in them. A lot of you would REALLY be surprised at the things that have gluten in them. Please educate yourselves before passing judgement.

      • Michelle says:

        You’r a A hole learn about the llness before you make comment

      • Rusty H says:

        Tell you what…you need to get a clue!!! Guarantee you that Jennifer wouldn’t eat a bagel if you paid her unless of course it was gluten free. There are many gf bake goods available.

    • Nonya says:

      What the HELL do u mean IF its true?! WHY the F would she lie about it?! Celiac diaese ain’t nothin to lie about!

    • cathy says:

      Totally agree!!

    • Diane says:

      Shameful and illegal.

    • Josie says:

      ISn’t that a federal law CBS is breaking…a disease is a handicap and this is clearly a hostile workplace and a violation of a handicap situation. They should be ashamed!!! And I love her on the show…make it stressful for her and she’ll be hurt again. If you won’t let her work outside, piut her back on the set. UGH!

    • Carlotta says:

      Family leave is supposed be used by the employee as needed, at the employee’s request; not as a tool to force people out of work! Sounds like it’s illegal behavior, as well as immoral. CBS has a responsibility to allow her to work the schedule her doctor approved, or release her from her contract, but not prevent her from working all together, when she can work somewhere else with acceptable hours by her doctor. Definitely a lawsuit in the making!

    • Charlene Shoultz says:

      Certainly agree that CBS should apolgize to her and adjust the show’s filming. What if it was Tom Selleck who was ill and his md suggested that his schedule be reduced.

    • J Kazee says:

      It’s disgusting!!! Shame on you CBS!!! We want her back…NOW!!!

    • Joanne says:

      This makes me sick cbs . I won’t watch Blue Bloods again till she is picked up again. My grand daughter at 4 years old was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and it is debilatating. The symptoms a closely related. They don’t understand what a horrible disease it is unless someone they know and love has it.
      Shame on them for treating her this way. We need new laws to protect our citizens that have this kind of ibs.

    • Merilee01 says:

      I agree. She is an excellent actress & she & Danny are a perfect fit. Come on, CBS, work something out here.

    • What the heck is wrong with CBS? Jennifer Esposito is such an intricate part of this show, I love her and her character. Shame on you, in this day and age to blame someone for being ill is . horrible . Tom Selleck and the rest of the cast should speak up, cause you never know, next it could be you. Come on guys!

    • Sandy Baldwin says:

      I agree–and if she has a doctors note proving her condition and need to work limited hours, I don’t she how she doesn’t have a legal case against CBS.

    • Joy Whited says:

      If Jennifer Esposito has a Doctor that will have her back and confirm her illness, then SHAME ON YOU CBS!! If CBS has given her an unpaid leave of absence and is refusing to let her work somewhere else, where is her livelihood coming from. Where, Too, is the backing of the staff she works with? She is a good partner for Danny because she tries not to let him get too far out of line. Their “show” personalities are exactly right for one another.
      I am very saddened to hear of this, and I hope are so many other fans that they bring her back on.
      Keep your head held high Jennifer. You have many fans.

    • Joy Whited says:

      If Jennifer Esposito has a Doctor that is treating her for her Celiac Disease and he will back her with his records, and findings then there should be no reason why Jennifer has been put on an unpaid medical leave, and especially to deny her other paying jobs. SHAME ON YOU CBS. Where is her livelihood coming from?

      It saddens me to see her depart the show. I feel that Danny and Jackie had a good working relationship. She is just the one to keep Danny somewhat in line. How their relationship is beyond the show is no concern of mine but I know I, for one, will miss her as Danny’s partner.

      Where is the other cast @ a time when she needs them?

      Jennifer, I wish you the best, with your disease, and hopefully returning to Blue Bloods. I, for one am a fan, and I hope all your other fans will step forth and speak up for you and your return.

    • emma holguin says:

      One of the reasons I watch the show is to watch Ms. Esposito. I first saw her on “Samantha Who”
      and was over joyed with her return to television. Shame on you CBS!

    • Lily North says:

      I was very sorry to hear that Jennifer Esposito has been dropped from Blue Bloods. I felt that she and the “Danny” character made a very believable police duo. The character they introduced ( the blonde woman) is not nearly as good. Bring back Jennifer please!

    • Rusty H says:

      Jennifer E. could have a law suit against CBS if being diagnosed with Celiacs is the only reason for the problems. Celiac is a real disease and can be dangerous when first diagnosed. Our teenage granddaughter was diagnosed 5 years ago, and during the first year, she was in a life threatening condition until her body adjusted and she was fully controlled by diet. Extreme fatigue was definitely one side effect. CBS needs someone to do more research on Celliac Disease.

    • Mike Hanners says:

      You mean illegal

  3. J says:

    Don’t TV shows accommodate this sort of thing all the time? I feel like I’ve watched dozens of shows where one character or another is essentially in one scene per episode for a stretch of time or something.

    And it’s one thing for them to say, “we can’t pay you if you can’t handle this much work right now”, but it’s another thing entirely to go “oh, by the way, because of your contract no one else is allowed to pay you right now either. Good luck.” If this were happening in any other industry or workplace this wouldn’t stand for a second.

    • twins says:

      How insulting, how intelligent can you be to make such a decisions, SCARY! It is disgusting, Shame on you. Hoping you realize your error in judgement. BIG MISTAKE – BIG. SVU had to bring Munch back, realized their mistake and fixed it. Hope the public can say the same about you! Say your sorry….and bring her back.

  4. aunt_deen says:

    This absolutely blows! Jackie is a great character losing the Danny/Jackie partnership is going to hurt the show.

    • mary says:

      i totaly agree, love her and will not watch if they cut her .

      • Nikki says:

        This is so disappointing! As a woman with Celiac, hypothyroidism and a huge fan of Blue Bloods , it saddens me some of The comments being made. Jennifers story has truly helped me alot thru my own journey this year! Needless to say I will not be watching Blue Bloods anymore after this…

  5. Leo says:

    Hope this gets cleared up soon and though I think it’s zero chance she will be back on the show, I wish her good luck in the future. She’s one of my faves in the show fyi! :(

  6. Jess K says:

    I’m not following her story here – why did she need a reduced schedule due to celiac disease? It’s not like she had cancer or something. All she has to do is avoid dealing with gluten and she’ll be fine. There are tons of people living with celiac (my in-laws included), and they don’t require “reduced schedules” for their lives.

    • J says:

      I don’t know much about Celiac. Is it possible that irregular schedules and 15+ hour workdays would negatively impact someone with that condition?

      • Jess K says:

        I don’t see why it would as long as she wasn’t having direct contact (either in her food or skin contact) with gluten.

      • Chuck Finley (AJ) says:

        Absolutely, if you aren’t managing it well or you still have problems even when you avoid gluten. She is pretty skinny and one of the big problems you encounter with the disease is malnutrition and vitamin deficiencies. She is probably tired a lot and 15 hour days aren’t going to help.

    • michelle says:

      You need to do your research because Celiacs Disease is not just “avoiding gluten”. Perhaps you need to sit down with your familt members for more information.

      • Chuck Finley (AJ) says:

        No it isn’t, but Gluten is what causes the autoimmune response that inflames the bowel and leads to malabsorption. The thing I agree with you on is it is not just as simple as avoiding Gluten. Some people still have quite a few symptoms like chronic diarrhea and vitamin deficiencies. She has never really looked that healthy to me. Way too thin and just looks tired all the time.

        • Blah Blah says:

          I don’t know about you, but if I had chronic diarrhea, I would be glad not to be working in a job that revolved around me like an actor’s job does. And of course she’s too thin – she works in hollywood!

        • Machiavelli says:

          AJ, you remind me of a quotation by Machiavelli ” Some people know everything, and that is all they know.”
          Each individual reacts to a disease , illness a different way. There is know “template” to use. Her condition is unique and only her doctor should give her advise.

          • Chuck Finley (AJ) says:

            I really don’t care of what you are reminded of on here. You sound like an idiot repeatedly posting that on comments here. Unlike you, I am actually a Physician and know what I am talking about.

        • Josh says:

          You work for CBS, right?

    • Penny says:

      You idiot….. do your research. Celiac or crohns and many other diseases can be horrible to deal with when in a flare up. If her doctor said she needs a reduced work schedule then that’s all they should need. Since when does CBS know better than a person’s doctor!!! Oh, and just because someone does not have cancer does not mean they are healthy and capable of working. Your inlaws are lucky that they can handle their disease easily. Not everyone is that lucky and sometimes there is more to it than we hear so back off!

      • Jess K says:

        I don’t need to do research, thanks. If her celiac is in that dire of straights then she should be glad to back out of the show and spend all of her time managing her health. However, if she is dealing with her celiac the right way (avoiding glutenous foods and maintaining her health), there is no reason she shouldn’t be able to maintain her career!

        • Sara says:

          You obviously do.

        • Becky says:

          I have Celiac JUST like Jennifer (and actually got my diagnosis because of her being so open with her experience). I avoid gluten like the PLAGUE and STILL can’t work a full day. Even avoiding gluten, you will/can still have symptoms of the disease. The fatigue & joint pain are still present in my daily life and I do everything I can to avoid Gluten. Your In-laws are very lucky that their Celiac is easily controlled by diet. Some have a much worse case of it and it takes much longer to get “back to normal” IF they get there at all. Not to mention the millions of people who go undiagnosed for many YEARS before somebody realizes what is actually going on. You will have flares, where you can be doing fine with the schedule you have and then BAM! Celiac will rear its ugly head and sideline you for a while. While I’m sure that you know a great deal about Celiac you do NOT know what it’s like for everyone and it is somewhat insulting for you to act like you do.

        • John DeMayo says:

          Are you a doctor? If you aren’t, then you need to do your research. What, do you think avoiding gluten is a magical “cure” for celiac disease? If you do, then you’re an idiot. Just because you eliminate gluten, doesn’t mean the symptoms go away. Celiac disease and crohns disease have NO CURE. I repeat, NO CURE. You can have a flare up at any time even without gluten, and you live with the symptoms for your entire life. That’s what “no cure” means. Ultimately, it’s not an “allergy” to peanuts, or dairy, or whatever. It’s a DISEASE, and an incurable one at that.

          TV shows often film for ridiculously long hours… you could end up on set for 14+ hours… and sometimes even longer than that if the production is running behind. With strenuous working conditions like that, it would be easy for her to fatigue, and even collapse. With this in mind, there is no reason that CBS shouldn’t be able to accommodate her by reducing her hours (or even her role), making sure production runs smoothly and by avoiding delays.

          Heck, “Fringe” even shut down production for two weeks in August, to allow John Noble to recover from a flare up of his insomnia. I don’t recall a situation where a network has ever been this cold and uncaring as CBS is being right now. “You’re sick, so you’re off our show”? Really?

    • TV Gord says:

      This is what I wondered. I know people with Celiac Disease, too, and it’s a manageable condition. Elisabeth Hasselbeck has it, and she manages to work five days a week on The View, as well as doing work on other shows such as Good Morning, America.

      Esposito might have a more serious form of the disease, but until that clarification is made, I’m suspicious of her story,

      Either way, I’ll miss her from the show.

      • Jess K says:

        That’s exactly what I’m saying. Unless her bowels have rotted out from celiac, I don’t see any reason she shouldn’t be able to maintain her career. Otherwise, there is no reason she can’t be living her life normally!

        • Becky says:

          She went years WITHOUT a diagnosis (like many who are diagnosed do). Lots of damage done both to her intestines as well as other systems of the body. Celiac isn’t “quarantined” (so to speak) to the intestines. It effects a lot. My joints hurt quite often due to Celiac and I avoid Gluten like the plague and do my best to take care of myself. It’s a disease. It doesn’t go away even with treatment/diet.

      • Chuck Finley (AJ) says:

        It’s not that hard to sit on a couch for a few hours a day.

      • John DeMayo says:

        It’s not a “manageable condition”. It varies from case to case. Without being a doctor, you can’t just pass judgement on someone with a serious disease without having a full history and detailed knowledge of their case.

        Also, Elizabeth Hasselbeck’s job is a lot less stressful. She gets to sit on a couch and talk for an hour. Meanwhile, “Blue Bloods” films 14 hours 5 days a week, and requires actors/actresses to be standing/running and otherwise exerting themselves for hours on end. Apple to oranges comparison.

        • TV Gord says:

          Clearly, it IS a manageable condition, since people DO manage with it. Also, I didn’t pass judgment. I said I’m suspicious, based on what I know about the disease. That’s allowed.

          Speaking of not having a full history, etc., you have no idea what goes into Hasselbeck’s job, and considering Esposito is on camera for a few scenes each week, I can’t see her working 14 hours a day, five days a week.

          • Julie says:

            If this is a manageable condition, so is cancer, or AIDS, because you know, some people manage with it. Others die (and let’s not kid ourselves, it is possible to die from Celiac’s). Sometimes it’s not as manageable, sometimes the damage is irreversible. It is a long process to discover what your needs are as a celiac, and those needs can change. Stress also affects it. You can have highly responsible people with Celiac’s who unfortunately just have to stop their lives for days, weeks, or months. Although prognosis is usually better than these other diseases, it is scary to have, and honestly a lot is not known. The not knowing really makes it hard to manage.

          • Carolyn says:

            Please educate yourself. The medical need for gluten-free is only part of managing the AUTOIMMUNE response of Celiac Disease. Part of the need for the disease is giving your body proper rest and recovery time needed. Celiac’s struggle from vitamin deficiencies and other medical issues.

          • John DeMayo says:

            It’s only manageable for some people. Like I said, it varies from case to case… just like cancer does. If you don’t know the individual patient’s case, then you can’t pass judgment on it and just say “it’s manageable”. For many people, it is not. The disease is not curable, and some symptoms may not go away with a gluten free diet, especially if the patient went a long time without diagnosis. Even then, IBS and other symptoms can be present.

            Also… do you know how long it takes to film scenes? It can take HOURS to film just a brief scene. You have to shoot multiple angles, and multiple takes for each, to be safe. This means repeating the scene, or parts of the scene over and over again until the director is satisfied that they got enough coverage. This adds up, and is why actors can end up on set for 14+ hours in a day. Not to mention that actors receive scripts with sometimes just a day, or even less before shooting. They could shoot 10 hours in a day… then receive a new script, or revisions to an existing script later that night… and then be expected to come in the next morning and perform the part. So ultimately, you can end up working a full day, pull an all-nighter studying the script for the next part, and shoot it the very next day. Very demanding and stressful job for someone with a weakened physical condition.

            On the other hand, Elizabeth Hasselbeck does a “taping” every day. She sits on a couch and chats it up with the rest of the cast. Sure, some preparation might go into it, but all that would entail is doing some research on your guests, and making sure you have all your talking points ready. Not to mention that her case of Celiac disease could be less severe.

            The bottom line, is that you just don’t know. You can’t assume the condition is manageable for everyone… because that’s just not true. It’s not an allergy… it’s a very serious disease. There is no reason you should be suspicious.

          • TV Gord says:

            So, to sum up…it IS a manageable condition (thanks for agreeing), and I’m not passing judgment (which you keep saying). I’m asking questions. Nothing wrong with that. There’s no need to be hysterical.

          • John DeMayo says:

            No… to sum it up, it is NOT a manageable condition. It’s an INCURABLE condition. Depending on the severity of the case, some people can do well in managing the symptoms of it. That said, it is an INCURABLE disease, that NEVER goes away.

    • Misha says:

      If I remember correctly from a food special she was on, I think hers is a rather severe case? Maybe stress might give her some extra trouble.

    • jenwithapen says:

      Jess K – as with any DISEASE – the severity as well as the side effects differ. Your ignorance shows how little compassion you have for others. “all she has to do is avoid dealing with gluten and she’ll be fine” proves how little you truly know about the disease.
      As someone with Celiac – I speak from experience. Get informed. Have some compassion and don’t comment on things you don’t know about. OY.

    • Tiff says:

      Wow, Jess! This was probably the most ignorant comment I have seen on this article, and that is saying quite a bit, considering the ignorance of some of the other posters. If I had a quarter for every time I have heard a version of that statement, “I know such and such person who has MS, and they can work, so you should also be able to carry the same load!”, we could ALL retire on a tropical island. Do some research regarding autoimmune diseases before you make such a sweeping blanket statement. You state that you know people with Celiac, yet you know NOTHING at all about the different routes that AI’s take in different people. If I were your friends with Celiac, I would be ashamed of you. As for Ms. Esposito, I applaud you for taking this public! This is a definitive violation of the ADA Act, as was the firing of Jack Osbourne from NBC’s “Stars Earn Stripes” once he was dx’d with MS.

    • misty says:

      My colleagues daughter has a severe case of celiac disease, and cannot even be in contact with airborne gluten. If she steps into a bakery, she has a reaction. Often, milk allergies (not lactose intolerance) often accompanies it. She is extremely careful about her diet, but can still have severe reactions. I don’t understand why they couldn’t accommodate her. If she was pregnant, they would. Shame on CBS. This just shows once again that they don’t value female actresses. Remember the whole thing with AJ Cook and Paget Brewster on Criminal Minds a few years back. Just once again showing that women are not important, but the men are.

      • chris says:

        seems as though people can only see things one way or the other these days. racism or sexism. i can’t say for sure what it is in this case, but i can say there is a consistent inconsideration these days. they’re willing to work w/ amanda righetti over on the mentalist. WHY NOT jennifer esposito w/ her illness?????

  7. Chuck Finley (AJ) says:

    It doesn’t matter if people here think she should tough it out and get back to work. Her Doctor has weighed in and advised against it. CBS’s position has been that she is using her disease as a way to avoid working because she wants a better contract. So they told her to stay home without pay, and barred her from working elsewhere because they have her under contract. I find it shameful on CBS’s part if she is that sick and they are ignoring the advice of her personal Physician and punishing her for being sick. None of us know which side is really telling the truth though and her health is her business and no one else’s in the end.

    • Sara says:

      We have no idea what is going on behind the scenes. Maybe she is telling the truth, maybe she isn’t. All I know is that it is pretty easy to get a doctor’s note asking to be let out of something, especially from one’s personal physician.
      CBS is just doing what she asked, they gave her a lighter work schedule. Something must have happened between Jennifer Esposito and the producers/CBS as they wouldn’t get rid of what appears to be a fan favorite without more cause than this.

      • Sarah Ramsey says:

        She COLLAPSED on set. You can’t fake that. Autoimmune diseases are painful, chronic, and debilitating. Stop talking out your ass, you have no idea what its like to have a hidden illness.

  8. Lucas says:

    You’re right Penny. Sometimes there IS more to it than we hear. So back off.

  9. buffy522 says:

    To go off topic here. I love that Jackie and Danny could have a professional-friendship relationship that the whole family (including Danny’s wife accepted). But it opens some interesting stories with a new female partner. Danny’s wife has always been insecure with his hours and meeting women. But now she has a job where she can meet other men. Just sayin’.

    Otherwise, good luck to Jennifer. I like her as an actress.

  10. TMW says:

    I know three ladies who were hired as her stand-in on BB and were fired after one day of work, apparently because Esposito didn’t “like” them.

    She was also fired after one day of shooting on the remake of Shaft starring Samuel L. Jackson-Toni Collette replaced her. She never came close to the career she anticipated and I suspect her personal behavior has had a lot to do with it.

  11. Jenna says:

    CBS, the misogynist’s network. Why is anyone surprised? They accommodated what’s-his-faces’ Hawaii 5-O schedule with his narcotic addiction, so why not Jennifer’s medical problem? Oh right. She’s not the lead, and she’s female, so she can be replaced. Been there, done that.

    • Kath says:

      He missed 1 episode. He didn’t ask for/require a reduced ongoing work schedule.

      • Jenna says:

        Lol. He wasn’t in ‘one’ episode, but he missed more filming time. And the network took pains to issue a statement about it. My point is CBS will accommodate their male leads, and the females they often dismiss and replace, and leave to fend for themselves. If you can site a case to refute this, I’d be more than willing to retract my statement. I continue to applaud Julianna Marguilis for breaking through their barrier. Interestingly, The Good Wife is CBS’ most critically acclaimed drama.

        • CJ says:

          No, he didn’t miss much more filming than the one episode. He was light in one other is all. He is the lead of Hawaii Five-0 and sustained the injury on set. I don’t see a male/female issue here. Reaching.

      • Diana says:

        He missed most of the season. He was in rehab for over a month. He filmed small “guest shots” before going into rehab which were played during the season

        • TV Gord says:

          This is incorrect.

        • CJ says:

          @Diana WTF? You’re ridiculous and clearly have NO idea what you’re talking about! Or you’re just lying. Also, he wasn’t in rehab for over a month. He missed ONE episode, was light in another and wasn’t able to do the NCIS:LA crossover. Scott Caan and Daniel Dae Kim did.

    • Amanda says:

      Plus, narcotic addiction is more of a ‘choice’ HE made than an auto-immune disease someone is genetically predetermined with. I know some with disagree with me on addiction, but he didn’t have to abuse prescribed narcotics, HE choose to, she however did nothing to cause such problems. I’m just going to throw in, I have an auto-immune disease and take prescription narcotics. I have for years. I have never abused drugs or alcohol, I have know individuals whom have, it’s MORE of a choice than the LACK of CHOICE I have to be sick everyday.

      • Sara says:

        Addiction is NOT a choice. How dare you? You auto-immuners on this site keep yelping that people need to go eduacte themselves and then you say something as ignorant as this? Addiction has to do with brain chemistry and it is classified as a disease. Your disease isn’t more important than his, nor is it more righteous. Go read a pamplet or two and get off your high horse.
        He missed ONE EPISODE and he is the lead of the show for an isolated incident.

    • CJ says:

      Wrong. He had some trouble getting off pain killers he had to take due to a shoulder injury he sustained on set. He missed ONE episode and was light on one other. Either get your facts straight or stop trolling.

  12. Sarah says:

    1. Screw Blue Bloods! Jennifer should fight her way out of that contract and join the cast of Up All Night. The world needs a Samantha Who reunion.
    2. I’ve been dealing with Celiac for six years and have never needed a reduced work schedule. Even when I was working 13-hour shifts, on my feet, with no breaks, I never had any Celiac-related problems.
    Unless Blue Bloods is requiring her character to roll around in piles of flour, I don’t see why she would need a reduced schedule because of the disease. Although, it is possible she has frequent flare-ups. I know how debilitating symptoms can be after accidental gluten consumption. But if she is having frequent flare-ups, then she may not be managing her diet as well as she thinks she is.

    If Jennifer was simply asking for CBS to understand that she may occasionally get sick from gluten and need a reduced schedule, then they are real jerks for not respecting that. But if she was asking for a reduced schedule because Celiac Disease prevents her from working too hard, there has to be some underlying problem not being addressed. I need to hear more from Jennifer to fully understand.

    • Diana says:

      I’ve been dealing with Celiac for 15 years and I still have occasional problems and would never be able to work a 14- 15 hour day. If you can, good, but don’t put not down people who can’t. Having the same disease does qualify you to judge others

      • CJ says:

        And how about YOU stop putting down others who have had different but also very real issues which were also serious and then spreading lies about it?

  13. BrianR says:

    Wow I see a huge ADA lawsuit coming against CBS.

  14. Jennifer Esposito says:

    This is jennifer Esposito. You all need to educate yourself about Celiac disease. It’s an automimmune disease that destroys your gut and ability to absorb nutrients. The longer you go without a diagnosis the worse it is. It took 19 yrs for mine. About work, I can work on a limited schedule due to the vitamin IVs i need 3 Xs a week because I don’t absorb, due to the exhaustion from that as well. Also every meal has to be cooked by me. From celiac disease ive also became allergic to dairy eggs soy corn certain vegetables and fruit. I think it’s disgusting the way you judge someone with a disease. One you know nothing about. Pls go educate yourself before you write in and hurt the celiac community even more

    • MK204 says:

      Jennifer…try not to stress about it. There are mean people everywhere who get their cheap thrills from being nasty. Just take care the best way you can.

    • Katy (ddubscalilgirl24) says:

      I love you Jen! We will fight to get you back on bbs where u so rightfully belong. These ppl don’t know the truth and its such a shame about CBS not wanting to work w you to keep you on bbs. Danny will lose out on a great partner

    • Pao says:

      What I think is that people seem to have a hard time with two things:
      1. Things they don’t understand because they’ve not experienced them
      2. That we as human beings cannot be judged as if we were all the same!
      I applaud your willingness to defend your rights as a person and contributing member of society. I have a disability, spina bifida, and I too encounter discrimination in ways people who know me for years can’t even begin to understand.
      I don’t know you, and I’m only just beginning to research about celiac, but I believe you are telling the truth. People who can’t realize that corporations (CBS IS a corporation) aren’t what they want people to believe they are, are sadly misinformed. CBS, doesn’t care to follow the rules of common decency because they, along with countless other corporations believe they are above the law, since they are a mega corporation aka a giant.
      Readers of this article, please realize that while not everything we read must be believed, there IS such a thing as learning to think for yourselves. Critical thinking should be a priority and yet people don’t seem to practice it!
      Do we HAVE TO believe what Jennifer is saying simply because she is Jennifer Esposito? NO! But if we educate ourselves in how corporations function, we can CLEARLY see that her words are not too dissimilar to the claims of others who’ve been wrongly accused, fired, abused, etc. discrimination, bullying, and injustice won’t disappear simply because they haven’t happened to you (or me.)

    • Michelle says:

      Jennifer, please don’t let the uneducated get you down. Your business and health are your concern and you don’t need to explain yourself to anyone. I wish you the best during this rough time and am sorry that you won’t be on BB. But your health comes first, again good luck!

    • Cary B. says:

      I confess to really not knowing much about this disease. But my sister-in-law and a neighbor both have it. I do know it can be very serious. My neighbor spent time in the hospital after his diagnosis. I wish you luck and will miss you on Blue Bloods. I hope CBS realizes their behavior is not acceptable and works with you on this. If they don’t, I hope they release you to work elsewhere.

      Good luck and good health, ma’am. Thank you for sharing your talents with us.

    • Jen says:

      I just wanted to say that I believe Jennifer said she offered to allow CBS’ doctors see her as well, and they declined. So, yes, it may be easy to get a note from your family physician, but she offered to allow CBS to get a second opinion. Also, everyone deals differently. Some people are able to work while undergoing chemotherapy, some get so sick they can hardly move. Do we judge the chemo patients who need to pull back during a bad reaction? A disease is a disease! I’m supportive of you, Jennifer. Good on you for speaking out!!!

    • Sarah says:

      I mentioned in my last comment that I needed to know more from Jennifer to truly understand the situation, and now I completely understand where she is coming from.
      Jennifer, I’m sorry if my comments seemed rude before. I didn’t realize Celiac Disease could even get so severe. That just goes to show you how even those who have lived with Celiac for several years still don’t know all the facts about it. I’m a huge fan of yours from Related and Samantha Who, and I’d hate to offend you or any other members of the Celiac Community (which I am a proud member of).
      CBS sucks, and I hope they let you out of your contract so you can be awesome on a new show.

    • John R says:

      The anonymity of the internet has a way of letting the trolls loose. Is it acceptable to have Donnie Wahlberg check out of Blue Bloods for a little bit and the two of you round up these haters and grill them in an interrogation room for a while? Don’t let them out until they can respect and quote at least some basic facts about Celiac disease. Barring that, know that you have a HUGE community that supports you, Jennifer!

    • Katrina says:

      I think that’s what people don’t understand. Every diseases is different for every person. It took her many years to get diagnosed also. Plus, I think she may not be managing it as well as she thinks. I know she eats organic oats but they are usually contaminated because they are processed in factory’s that also process wheat. It’s amazing how people can judge her because they THINK they know what’s going on. And just because she’s at a club doesn’t mean she has other issues!

    • you tell em girl…cant believe how people can be soo cruel….just to let you know…think I may have to get tested for celiac. just to be safe.. lately I’ve been experiencing some symptoms it get’s worse when i eat certain food…doctors did some test but didnt find anything…they said just eat more fiber & drink plenty of water…I’m calling my doctor tomorrow and will tell him to get me tested….btw… I really enjoy your gluten free recipe…blue bloods wont be the same without you

    • Pamela Buczkowske says:

      I’m in complet4e agreement. Educate yourself, then comment otherwise shut up. That also goes for the so called doctor. I have G.E.R. D. That’s gastro- esophageal relfux disease and believe me if you eat the wrong thing, you are in excruciating pain. Quite a few times I wound up in the bathroom throwing up the food I had just eaten because it aggravated my stomach. The things you can’t eat or shouldn’t eat are tomatoes, onions, garlic, all varieties of mints, chocolate, anything that is acidic or greasy. But the one thing that really appalls me is that the catered food is left out in the sun and not covered or on ice. I saw that when they were filming one of the Batman movies here in Chicago. Plus they had the food sitting under a place where pigeons roosted. Yuk! Celiac like gerd can lead to much more serious problems like cancer, ulcers etc. Take care of yourself and get a lawyer sue the crap out of them.

    • Vicki Mudd says:

      Jennifer, I am so sorry to hear about your Celiac diagnosis and the situation you are in with CBS. BB is my husband’s favorite show and while it is not one of my favs, I’m a Criminal Minds fan, I am a huge fan of your work and have been ever since the first time I saw you on tv. I have followed your career for many years and want you to know that you and Tom Sellack are the only 2 reasons that I watch BB. Thank you for your courage to go public with your disease, your willingness to draw attention to it in order to help inform and educate people, and your tenacity to withstand ridiculous and repulsive comments the uninformed with grace and dignity. You are a beautiful woman and an awesome actress and I look forward to your future work, no matter where that may be. Stay strong and take good care of yourself. You are in my prayers!

    • TV Gord says:

      Some of us are not being rude. Some of us are asking sincere questions and raising sincere suspicions. We’re not mindless puppets who buy everything someone says just because we’re fans. There’s nothing wrong with that. I hope you aren’t this defensive in court.

    • Health firsts. Happinest second and 1.4 million per eposide. When you get better yko can have three back. Money is not everything and without health you have nothing. Take care, Maybe they can get get Rup Paul to fill in.

    • Carolyn says:


      You have a lot of fans who will support you during this difficult time. CBS and the other ignorant people do not understand what we have gone through to get diagnosed and what we go through daily to ensure we stay healthy.

      It took the doctors sixteen years to diagnose me with Celiac Disease. When the gluten-free lifestyle was introduced to my daily routine, it still took an additional two years for a true understanding of the other medical symptoms and vitamin management.

      You are an inspiration for all of us. Thank you and we support you.

      Carolyn McKinley
      Fellow Celiac
      President, Celiac Sprue Association

    • J Raby says:

      I have agree with you Jennifer. I was diagnosed earlier this year, but my doc thinks I was born with CD. I don’t just have CD, I have 25 food allergies, epilepsy (which stems from celiac disease), and severe chronic fatigue. I never go out to eat. My husband and I make every meal. I was on bedrest for two years due to the migraines that caused blindness, and daily seizures. It’s taken two years to recover, and I still have bad days. Celiac disease is not always easy to manage, and did I mention it also causes infertility in some women? People have no right to judge, you don’t live in Jennifer’s shoes, you don’t know how she feels on a day to day basis. Those of us with CD can relate, but it effects everyone differently. We definitely all know our limits on what our bodies can handle, it’s not alwys easy, and CD consists of more than just mere diet change, so please people try and have at least an ounce of compassion. I don’t think it’s too much to ask. I hid my illness and symptoms for years, something that’s very difficult to do. Jennifer shouldn’t have to do that just because people don’t care / understand how difficult this is.

    • GoneSouth says:

      Might have been nice if you had mentioned to your “supporters”,some might say posse,that their characterizations of people with addictions are just as off base as those who made comments about your condition.
      Someone “chose” to be addicted to painkillers used to treat an at-work injury?
      Nothing has been said of you that’s in any way possibly more ignorant than that.
      But,self-serving is,as self-serving does.
      For those of you crowing about an ADA suit,you’re out of touch.Who do any of you know who actually won in an ADA complaint?That’s assuming the massive IF that you can even get the EEOC to listen to you.
      And whether accurate or not in this instance,it wouldn’t be the first time that an entertainer,under contract,claimed illness as a way to renegotiate a contract.And the networks know that,and look at claims like this with a jaundiced eye.(Pun)

    • Serena says:

      Terrible. Makes me not want to watch the show in protest. To Jennifer: I hope you find a way to manage your Celiac. I know how life-disrupting it can be. I’m the type to say FIGHT CBS and u do day that but at same time, the ‘fight’ and all the physical and emotional toll it takes on you certainly won’t help your condition. It’s absolutely ridiculous that CBS won’t accommodate your alternate work arrangements on the advice of your doctor this is especially true considering your role on the show. Danny and Jackie ate integral to the show. As a pair. Removing the character of Jackie totally disrupts the flow and quality if the show. And to preventvyiu from working elsewhere? get a good lawyer! What the he*l is going on over at CBS?! Unfortunately, it goes on EVERYWHRE. Sometimes iu/need to take a stance. Good for you to go public. People need to know. Again, good luck with your health. Hope to see you back on the show but regardless, hope to see you back on the screen soon: you’re an excellent actress!! Good luck. (Ps. I have heard about helminthic therapy and that they’ve had great success with various autoimmune diseases, including Celiac. You should look into that, if you haven’t already). Take care!

    • Serena says:

      (See my note at end about helminthic therapy)!
      Terrible. Makes me not want to watch the show in protest. To Jennifer: I hope you find a way to manage your Celiac. I know how life-disrupting it can be. I’m the type to say FIGHT CBS and u do day that but at same time, the ‘fight’ and all the physical and emotional toll it takes on you certainly won’t help your condition. It’s absolutely ridiculous that CBS won’t accommodate your alternate work arrangements on the advice of your doctor this is especially true considering your role on the show. Danny and Jackie ate integral to the show. As a pair. Removing the character of Jackie totally disrupts the flow and quality if the show. And to preventvyiu from working elsewhere? get a good lawyer! What the he*l is going on over at CBS?! Unfortunately, it goes on EVERYWHRE. Sometimes iu/need to take a stance. Good for you to go public. People need to know. Again, good luck with your health. Hope to see you back on the show but regardless, hope to see you back on the screen soon: you’re an excellent actress!! Good luck. ***Ps I have heard about HELMINTHIC THERAPY. They have had great success with it in treating autoimmune diseases, including Celiac Disease. You should look into it, if you haven’t already. Take care!

    • HitTheGroundRunningWonderlandHaleyOhMy says:

      Stay strong and try to ignore the naysayers! I know it gets tough and be can frustrating and upsetting since some types of things can be very hard for people to understand, even for some generally reasonable people, it’s the nature of the beast for many such things, but whatever some may think due to their ignorance (and luck to have never experience anything) doesn’t affect the truth.

      And some will think about things more now and change their point of view.

      (And, of course, forums tend to simply attracts tons of haters, trolls and jealous types so what may seem like 60% on the net may be only 2% in real life. Comment sections on many news articles these days are all but unreadable.)

  15. Jeff says:

    I see CBS is continuing its tradition of treating women like crap. Paget Brewster and AJ Cook should give Jennifer a call. I’m sure they have a lot to talk about!

  16. Barb says:

    There are different levels of Celiac and everyone responds differently. For all of those who here who have it and say they can manage it fine with no problems…that’s great for you. You are lucky. Others have it worse.

    • shirley hall says:

      Jennifer, I will miss you, miss you, miss you on BB. However, I share your feelings, I too was driven to leave my job many years ago due to Hperthyroidism, the well known company I worked for would not give me a leave of absence, they felt I took too much time off already, /A year later, after getting my problem regulated I found an even better job. So as one door closed another opened. I never realised that CBS was such an uncaring Corp. My advice to you is SUE< SUE< SUE!!!! SAL

  17. MK204 says:

    I can’t imagine anyone inventing the fact that they had Celiac Disease and then getting a doctor to confirm it and write notes…JUST to get a raise. If she says she has it then most likely she does. I don’t know Jennifer so therefore it is not my place to sit in judgement of her or spread gossip about something or someone I don’t know like some here seem to want to do. I never understand why people thrive on being mean either just for the thrill of it.

    I feel sorry for her. I don’t know about this disease but I do know what happens to anyone when they have a disease that affects their immune system.

    I hope she gets a lawyer and can get back to work on a show that appreciates her. And I hope she can get this disease (if possible) under control.

  18. I don’t have Celiac Disease, but I have a gluten intolerance and other stomach issues. I can totally understand how it feels to not be able to work or do things you want to do because of sickness. This is absolutely disgraceful that CBS would do this to such an important member of their family. Jennifer, I am so sorry you are dealing with this. You will be in my prayers as you continue to battle through this.

  19. Mica says:

    So many uneducated people in one place – it’s a little scary. Celiac disease truly alters a person’s way of life. Considering it took so long to diagnose Jennifer with Celiac I am sure there is a large amount of damage.

    Please look up Celiac disease before judging Jennifer or her doctor’s decision to put her on a restricted schedule.

  20. Michelle says:

    CBS should be ashamed of themselves. I can no longer support them unless they treat Jennifer with class she deserves. Unfortunately, I feel that the show will suffer because of their horrendous actions.

  21. Kiki says:

    Between this news and the show’s insistence in showing people of color almost EXCLUSIVELY as rapists, gang bangers, poor kids from the projects, drugdealers, and generally thugs, I’m so over this show.

    • Laura E. says:

      Yeah, I’m getting sick of the political and borderline-racist tones of Blue Bloods, as well as their complete waste of Will Estes, and if this allegation of Jennifer Esposito’s is true, I’m not interested in watching the show any more either.

    • Krystal says:

      No one asked you to watch Blue Bloods. Also, it’s not a ‘racist’ show. And if you watched all the eps, not ALL Black people are credited as ‘rapists’ or ‘thieves’. Did you forget about Mayor Poole in the second season (who by the way, is AFRICAN AMERICAN)? You’re unbelievable.

      • LarryBird says:

        I found it full of racism as well. Episode 5 of the first season was full of filthy stereotypes and racist comments by the show’s main characters. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to realize this show was created to bleach the infamous dark reputation of NYPD.

  22. mscl says:

    I’m appalled at CBS’s behavior and by some of the comments here. Not everyone with Celiac disease has the same experience. Just like any disease, each patient is different. Jennifer was diagnosed after years and years of no one knowing what was wrong with her. Damage was being done to her body during that time. If you were diagnosed early on, congratulations, I’m happy you didn’t have to suffer long. But to then say “all you have to do is eat cleanly” is insulting and ignorant.

    Jennifer doesn’t deserve to be treated like by CBS or by people who obviously don’t know the whole story.

  23. Nicki says:

    Seems like discrimination against someone who is ill. Tsk Tsk CBS. You know what is said about karma.

  24. Kath says:

    I don’t know much about the disease but if Jennifer’s claims are true then shame on CBS. I don’t understand why they wouldn’t have her back on set at all.

  25. Analia says:

    That’s true. It’s absolutely shameful behavior. It is illegal to discriminate against a person in their work because of illness. More than illegal it’s immoral. It makes me cry someone who is a great professional is not valued for her talent but discriminated just because it’s not economically convenient. Shame on CBS.

    • Chuck Finley (AJ) says:

      Actually, you could not be more wrong. If you are physically unable to perform the duties of your job they absolutely do not have to keep paying you while you can’t work outside of what is covered under family medical leave. The ADA doesn’t mean that a company has to bend over backwards to fit your limited work schedule into theirs. In fact, try getting sick one day. The second your leave time runs out expect a pink slip. It’s unfortunate for you personally if this happens, but there is no law that forces a company to keep giving you money forever if you get sick. And it is perfectly legal not to hire someone who is too disabled or sick to perform a job. You are insane if you think their lawyers didn’t ok this action after taking the applicable law into account.

      • Pao says:

        If they have certain actors on the show appearing on a VERY limited basis (ex: the grandfather, Tom selleck, Danny Reagan’s wife -although maybe that’s changed) why would it be impossible for CBS to put Jackie on a limited schedule and write it into the script she had an accident, illness, whatnot? I have a disability. I use a wheelchair. I’m a teacher. The place I work for doesn’t lose ANY money in putting my classes in buildings I can easily get to! And they do!
        Yes, you are right, ADA law says nothing of continuing to pay the individual if they are not working. But there IS something called “reasonable accomodation” something I find VERY easy to do if one has the will to do it!
        Lets say, for the sake of argument, that they have the grandfather in blue bloods on a limited schedule because he’s “old” (note: I’ve no clue of the reason, just trying to make a point) or heaven-forbid Danny Reagan’s actor Donnie Wahlberg gets ill or suffers a physically debilitating illness. Are they going to replace his character or put him on a limited schedule until he’s able to come back at 100% capacity? Option A seems unreasonable, given the popularity of the character Danny Reagan. Option B seems to fall under the reasonable accomodation clause. This would mean less money for Jennifer Esposito, but it would be lawful! (And make more sense, given the popularity of HER character on the show!)

        • Chuck Finley (AJ) says:

          Reasonable accommodation doesn’t apply in cases where a job requires the person to work full time hours, but they can only show up part time. In her case her character is needed in pretty much every episode so if she can’t be there, they will have to replace her unless it is temporary. Obviously her disease is not temporary.

          • Pao says:

            I understand she has a FT and is an integral part of the show. But if there’s a good reason (and I think a medical reason is a good one!) to limit her hours;therefore, changing her status to possibly PT, why wouldn’t be considered by CBS? We are talking about a team of writers who are supposed to be creative people, right? Surely they could come up with a creative solution to limit her schedule, and if needed, ultimately write her off the show. I’ve seen it in other shows and it looks classy, as well as gives the actor a chance to keep working and ultimately find new, less demanding, work.
            I have a problem with CBS’ actions because they are holding her hostage in a situation that prevents her from leaving and finding less demanding work, and earn a salary.
            Brings me back to my original argument. When there’s a will, there’s a way! There’s nothing wrong or illegal in the show needing actors who can perform according to the needs of their characters and contracts. But contracts are man-made. They CAN, and oftentimes ARE modified!
            It seems more humane to have told her they would write her off in time, thereby releasing her of the contract they claim she’s breaking, than holding her accountable for said contract, unpaid.

          • Leeroy says:

            Exactly, Chuck. My question is this: was she this sick (requiring IVs, etc) before accepting the part? If so, why was CBS not made aware of her restrictions in advance? A professional with these types of issues would not, and should not, enter into a contract to perform a job that they know they cannot handle. That seems fraudulent to me. Now, if she did not know she had this condition before accepting the role, that’s a different story. But it appears she was diagnosed several years ago, so all these restrictions should have been disclosed prior to signing a contract. If CBS *was* made aware of her conditions and the restrictions to her ability to work a normal production schedule .. and they are NOW crying “Foul”, that’s a whooooole other issue.

          • Yago says:

            What are you Implying? that she lied on her condition? She has an amazing site explaining and promoting awareness about her Disability, is no secrete to no one, besides, read well what CBS is saying, CBS was totally aware of her situation, and the Network ignored it, making her illness getting worst to the point she succumbed on the set, showing us once again how people is Expendable Items for the Corporations.
            You argument reminds me of the arguments used by Insurance Corporations and people with Disabilities. Abusive, and manipulative, to the point that not a single person with disability is able to have insurance base of their Pre-Existing condition. Is because of this thinking and through the help of Corporate America that 17% to 20% of the population ( -/+ 61 Million people) in America have to live ignored and segregate by the rest of society.

          • Leeroy says:

            Are you daft, Yago? Read what I wrote. And do you honestly believe that the legal department at CBS (or any other studio) reads every blog out there on the web? FFS, I didn’t know she had celiac until I read about this dust-up on Deadline. Esposito is a fine actress, and I’ve enjoyed her work over the years, but I don’t know anything about her real life because I don’t need to.

            What I said was .. and still is .. IF she had this medical condition before accepting the part on BB, and IF the condition was at the state that she required IV treatment 3x/week, THEN Esposito had an OBLIGATION to disclose that fact to CBS prior to signing on to a show that required her to work 15hours/day 5days/week (or whatever). IF she did not disclose that medical condition to CBS, then she gets absolutely ZERO sympathy from me for then turning around and saying “Oh, by the way. That whole 15hr/day, 5day/week thing? Yeah. I can’t do that. My bad.”

            I’m by no means saying that is what happened. I’m saying IF she knew she required a non-standard schedule and did NOT disclose, it’s 100% on her. Just like I’m saying IF she DID tell CBS, and IF they knew this was an issue, then it’s 100% on THEM, and they never should have expected her to work a full time schedule. Thank goodness she’s not a principal actor, or the entire crew would be hosed over this.

            And I actually HAVE a disability, one that is not so dissimilar from Espositio’s, so I know exactly how hard it is to maintain a full time job with insurance. I also know what MY obligation is to my current, former and future employers as far as communicating what I can and cannot do UP FRONT.

          • Yago says:

            again, you are implying that She didn’t and just because you didn’t know she has this disability means CBS were not aware of it. Read again. CBS was notify on Jennifer’s need to cut down hours by her own doctor before she succumb on the set. Why CBS knowing this didn’t make any arrangement? and if her work is impeccable, her acting is great and she has never made any trouble, why CBS couldn’t act properly to her disability? As disable as you are, you may know how Corporation segregate and alienate people with disability. My wife uses a Wheelchair pretty much since her birth, and she had endured discrimination and mistreatment by another Media Corporation ( NBC ) You can not imagine the amount of Actors with “hidden” disabilities forced to shut up about their conditions so it doesn’t affect the Corporation Images. Did you know Rob Blow was deaf?
            Unless you work for CBS I can’t understand why do you defend CBS decision to block any solution for Jennifer Esposito base on the fact that she was ill. This is a clear example of Corporate Exploitation and discrimination. All this without the need of sensationalism or Drama making as many could think this is all about. I’m sorry, but I really don’t agree with your perspective.

          • Leeroy says:

            Again, Yago. Wrong. You are reading the words, but not understanding. I’m not implying Esposito lied. That is your inference. I included two scenarios. You are focused solely on one because you are so anxious to defend this person you really know little to nothing about. CBS may well be the monster here. I’m just saying they also may not be.

        • Tyson Chaney says:

          Jennifer Esposito was put on leave because she can’t do the job she signed a contract to do. CBS has two questions to ask itself. One, should she get a different job? Two, if so, what different job?

          She is on leave so CBS can decide what to do with her, given the circumstances. The network and the producers certainly might elect to change the character enough to accommodate Esposito. If there was no interest in doing so, she would have been fired outright for the same reason she was put on leave, the inability to do the contracted work.

          However, she wasn’t fired. If her work schedule will be “limited” in the future, then being Danny’s partner is not realistic. Partners nearly always work together so she can’t miss half the episodes. I can think of ways to work around the issue. So can many people here.

          I suspect the writers can do so also. The story broke Saturday. The writers haven’t been to work since then. Give them a chance to see what can be done.

          • Yago says:

            your defense of CBS Corporation proves us how much interests you have to defend your Mighty Client towards 1 disabled woman. Thanks for showing us how even Corporation are treated under law as Citizens , they will never had Heart or Critical Thinking.
            Stop the PR, and see behind the dollar sings.

      • Machiavelli says:

        As I stated before “Some people know everything, and that is all they know” You claim to be a physician, but it seems also an employment expert. Seems to me you are one of those trolls sitting by the computer all day and giving unsolicited advise first, and when someone puts you in your place, call them idiots.
        Computers are wonderful inventions , allows cowards, like you, to call people names, that I am sure you would not dare to do face to face.
        OK, I am done here TROLL

  26. zenharmony says:

    Celiac Disease is horribly debilitating, you guys have NO idea! Being an auto-immune disease, it affects more than just your guts, it can attack your joints, muscles and brain, as well. I’ve had days, pre-diagnosis, when every joint in my body would flare with arthritis all at once, and my muscles would simultaneously seize up. All I could do was stand there trying not to scream or fall over. And speaking of falling over, Celiac Disease can cause ataxia, which means you fall over without notice and for no apparent reason. Sound like fun? How about spending days in bed curled around a heating pad trying to subdue the pain in your intestines? No? Me, neither. What’s worse is reading some of these comments from people who think they have the *right* to diss on someone with a medical condition when they don’t have a freakin’ clue what they’re talking about!

  27. Barb C says:

    I am so sorry to hear about this….I really loved “Jackie” on the show. I hope you are feeling better and CBS needs to know….discrimination is a crime…this is real life !!

  28. Machiavelli says:

    Some of you wiseguys remind me of a quotation by Machiavelli ” Some people know everything, and that is all they know.”
    Each individual reacts to a disease , illness a different way. There is know “template” to use. Her condition is unique to her and only her doctor should give her advise.
    Jennifer, just remember, the world is full of haters, do not take some of these comments seriously. Stay strong, we wish you well. The show would not be what it is without you !

  29. Sandy says:

    It’s not fair that she has to go through this she’s clearly not lieing .CBS needs to do a better job of taking care of their people or their gonna cause a damn good show to go down in ratings .Shame on you CBS

  30. s says:

    Unless you walk in her shoes, you have no idea what her condition is. Celiac disease affects each person differently. Don’t judge until you get the full story. You are only getting bits and pieces. They are only telling us what they want us to know, not everything. And as far as Elisabeth Hasselbeck, she works 1 hour a day, that is not work!! And avoiding gluten does not automatically solve the situation with celiac’s. Gluten is just one aspect. Get a clue.

  31. Whatever says:

    That’s just NOT RIGHT !
    Blue Bloods has become ANOTHER boring procedural show . It didn’t start out that way but CBS told the producers to make it a procedural after the 1st season of high ratings.

    I’m done with Blue Bloods.
    Not only has it become a mediocre show now they are going to screw a sick actor over as well.

  32. Pao says:

    I forgot to add to my comment, why is her character even in question? This is a claim on discrimination and injustice. Some poster accuses her of drinking/etc, in what part of the claim by CBS does it say she missed work because of being drunk or hungover? NOWHERE. She has a disease, a disability. She is HUMAN. A few inflammatory articles accusing her of anything other than this mean NOTHING and have NOTHInG to do with the issue at hand here. Look at who is writing them, and what is their ulterior motive.
    Am I saying she, Jennifer, is perfect? No. But give me the names of ten people who are. Perfection does not exist. Celiac, disabilities, suffering in general, do.

  33. Jennifer Thompson says:

    This is very shocking to such a big network and place of work we don’t expect this at all with such strict rules and regulations absolutely outrageous. How can they justify what they have done??

  34. cjeffery7 says:

    awww man! i love jennifer esposito! samantha who? HOLLAAAA
    why you gotta be like that CBS?

  35. Kristina says:

    How awful. I don’t know anyone with Celiac, but I do know people with Crohn’s and if it’s anything like that, I can imagine how difficult it is to keep up even everyday activities, much less the grueling schedule on a TV show. What CBS said is true, she probably can’t fulfill the demands of the role at this time, but if they are unable to reduce her role, there is no reason to hold her to a contract and prevent her from taking part-time work elsewhere. To do so just seems cruel. It’s not like they’re gaining anything by keeping her if she can’t be on the show.

    • Pao says:

      I agree!
      I do think CBS are losing more than they think they are though. If people are outraged at their actions, people stop watching the show, or even go as far as boycotting the channel as a whole! This means less viewers, and we know what happens with shows that have low viewership! They’re taken off the air! :)

  36. Eden says:

    Jennifer is telling the truth, I was on set last week, and when I asked about where Jennifer was, I wasn’t told specific details, but I was told that the cast, crew, producers, writers all wanted her to stay, and that the big wigs went over their heads and decided she was gone. Everyone on set, said they miss her and want her back. They are all very upset about this too. Totally not cool behavior on CBS’s part.

  37. Wendy says:

    If CBS don’t want Jennifer on Blue Bloods they should at least have the decency to release her from her contract so that she can go find work somewhere else. To force her to go on unpaid leave is simply not fair, how is she supposed to live without money! CBS were also going to fire the actor who plays Renzulli but have changed their mind and are now bringing him back for “a few shows”, why can’t they do the same with Jennifer? That way, they can still explore the chemistry between her character and Donnie Wahlberg’s which is the best part about the show.

    Good luck to you Jennifer, don’t let CBS screw you over and don’t listen to any of the hateful comments on here. No-one knows how your condition affects you but you and your doctor.

  38. Stacie says:

    Sad news, I love her on this show.

  39. Arna Perry says:

    I have several friends with celiac and I can tell you that it’s a very ugly disease. One woman I know now has a port which feeds her and she is not allowed anything by mouth. She was down to 82 pounds before the port. I really like Blue Bloods and will miss Jennifer on this show. Its too bad that CBS wasn’t willing to work with such a fine actress.

  40. That’s true. It’s absolutely shameful behavior. It is illegal to discriminate against a person in their work because of illness. More than illegal it’s immoral. It makes me cry someone who is a great professional is not valued for her talent but discriminated just because it’s not economically convenient. Shame on CBS.

  41. helen says:

    absolutely shocking behaviour by CBS, wouldnt hurt them to learn more about this disease and help their staff instead of pushing her out because of their ignorance. disgusting CBS should bow their heads in shame!!!!!!

  42. Alison says:

    Some of you are being so judgmental! Please stop comparing Jennifer’s situation to others! CBS should be ashamed of the way they are treating Jennifer! This is unacceptable!

  43. Taryn says:

    I think both sides are wrong. No, her condition isn’t her fault, but to demand a reduced part-time schedule is unfair to the studios and impossible with filming schedules, for everyone else that’s a part of the show. It effects everyone. TV shows are demanding and require alot, and at this point she’s unable to and should be let out of her contract. CBS preventing her from working anywhere else yet not using her is also wrong, as is spreading these untruths. Sad that all of this stems from a contract that neither party can uphold.

  44. sabrina fitzpatrick says:

    I’m appalled at the way CBS are treating Jennifer about her having celiac, ye were told by her doctor that she needed shorter hrs but no ye didn’t listen so she collapseson set,and ye think she did it for a raise, ye should be done for unfair dismissal and discriminationtiwards her health issue.but not giving her work and trying to get her to walk out just so u can save face, its damn right disgusting,her and Donnie are blue bloods

  45. James R. says:

    Ahhh Trolls… Nobody here knows the true story, so stop acting like you do. Let them work out their issues, and you just stick to reading about it.

  46. Alison says:

    This is horrible! We as fans have watched her for on Blue Bloods for two years and have become invested in her character. CBS should be ashamed of themselves! Honestly, I’m not sure that I want to watch Blue Bloods anymore.

  47. Carolyn j says:

    Please do not compare Elisabeth hasselbeck ‘job’ to Jennifer esposito’s. Elisabeth sits for her entire job and is never on set for 15+ hours at a clip. Regardless of that, each person deals with it differently. I can tell when food I eat has been cross contaminated within hours of eating. What celiacs can eat is so incredibly limited, there is almost nothing we can eat ‘on the go’. Couple that w any other allergies (mine are pecan and walnut) and a lifestyle choice(I’m a vegetarian, and no, I won’t start eating meat which will cause more gastro issues) and the pickings are slim. A disease is a disease.

    • Taryn says:

      You should follow A Gluten-Free Vegan Mom Who Knows on Facebook. Incredible advice, links, resources, and recipes that show that our options are anything but “limited”.

      • Carolyn j says:

        Thanks taryn, I will! I just meant on the go food. It’s not like we can grab a granola bar and go. Larabars are good for that for me but only a couple are walnut and pecan free. I am following that jaqui Carr on twitter but I find the ingredients she uses are no where near anything in going to find in my grocery.

  48. Yago says:

    What happened to Jennifer Esposito is a clear example on How Corporation abuses and exploits their workers, as well as the Networks lack of will to adapt and accept people with Disabilities in general.

    Looks like a massive attack against the American Disabled Community it’s unfolding, look FoxNews last July when O’Rally made a series of very hateful comments about how the Disable Community in America abuses the Welfare and the taxpayers money, crying out loud how 8 million people abuses the system. What O’Rally din’t tell us is that the Disable community in America counts for 17% to 20% of the total US Population or around 61 Million People. He Complain for 8 Million., but what happened to the other 53 Million ??? The same thing is happening to Jennifer Esposito. Moved Away. There are no insurances that covers pre-existing conditions, and the new ones on the Obamacare are going to be very expensive. “But you have the ADA law” you may say, sure, but the ADA law doesn’t make people to think or understand the needs for integration, it only care of the basics. We are doing things because is the LAW and not because is the RIGHT thing to do. And CBS has found ways and loopholes to avoid the law and any liabilities.

    Through Jennifer story we can appreciate how Corporations and the Media treats anyone that is not STANDARDIZED by Corporate America. NBC, CBS, VIACOM, DISNEY, TIME WARNER Control the entire Mass Media Industry in America. Everything is filtered by them to us, and they are HIGLY tied up by their Multi-Billion Sponsors.
    So anyone that could mean a “Imperfect” Image or could expose a massive scandal of Negligence and Exploitation, is immediately remove and neutralize.

    The worst of all this is how our Government isn’t doing anything to stop the abuse. Our Government is sending a constant image that Corporations are above the Law, and the last time I checked in this nation NO ONE is above the law. That’s known as the RULE OF LAW. That’s the core of America, the Core of our Rights and our Constitution.

    • Yago says:

      Outlines of the concept of Equality of Opportunities:

      According to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, the concept assumes that society is stratified with a diverse range of roles, some of which are more desirable than others. And the benefit of equality of opportunity is to bring fairness to the selection process for coveted roles in corporations, associations, nonprofits, universities, and elsewhere. There is no “formal linking” between equality of opportunity and political structure, according to one view, in the sense that there can be equality of opportunity in democracies, autocracies, and in communist nations, although it is primarily associated with a competitive market economy and embedded within the legal frameworks of democratic societies. People with different political perspectives see equality of opportunity differently: liberals disagree about which conditions are needed to ensure it; many “old-style” conservatives see inequality and hierarchy in general as beneficial out of a respect for tradition. It can apply to a specific hiring decision, or to all hiring decisions by a specific company, or rules governing hiring decisions for an entire nation. The scope of equal opportunity has expanded to cover more than issues regarding the rights of minority groups, but covers practices regarding “recruitment, hiring, training, layoffs, discharge, recall, promotions, responsibility, wages, sick leave, vacation, overtime, insurance, retirement, pensions, and various other benefits.” The concept has been applied to numerous aspects of public life, including accessibility of polling stations, care provided to HIV patients, whether men and women have equal opportunities to travel on a spaceship, bilingual education, skin color of models in Brazil, television time for political candidates, army promotions, admittance to universities, and ethnicity in the United States. The term is interrelated with and often contrasted with other conceptions of equality such as equality of outcome and equality of autonomy.

  49. hotshot says:

    Very sorry to see Jennifer Esposito leaving BlueBloods. But, Mom always said, “there’s 5 sides to every story – and you better get all 6.”


    Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease and is triggered by consumption of the protein called gluten, which is found in wheat, barley and rye. When people with celiac disease eat foods containing gluten, their immune system responds by damaging the finger-like villi of the small intestine. When the villi become damaged, the body is unable to absorb nutrients into the bloodstream, which can lead to malnourishment.

    Left untreated, people with celiac disease can develop further complications such as other autoimmune diseases, osteoporosis, thyroid disease, and cancer.

    Over 3 million Americans have this disease. The only treatment is not to eat glutens.

  50. marcy says:

    Such a shame She is my favorite part of the show. She should have been Stephanie Plum in the movie One for the Money. She fits the character in the book not that dull blonde.