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

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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.

Comments (424)

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

    Comment by TMW – October 21, 2012 07:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by JI – November 11, 2012 08:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • true dat, sister. megans character sux

        Comment by chris (@chris10016073) – November 11, 2012 08:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I too am sad that Esposito has those health problems. I suffer from similar problems that forced me to retire from my employment.
        On the other hand I thoroughly enjoyed Ketch’s performance and would be quite happy if she became a permant fixture.

        Comment by Al Crawford – November 17, 2012 05:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • ur the only 1. Esposito is a million times better

          Comment by chris – November 17, 2012 05:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Jennifer is really the best in this role,, loved her. Megan came across too confrontational, where jennifer was a real partner and no threat to danny’s marriage. Please bring her back

            Comment by joan – November 18, 2012 07:32 AM PDT  
      • We miss Jennifer – she was a perfect partner for Reagan. The new partner with her long hair clipped in the back is a rediculous partner for a seasoned detective.

        Get a new casting director!!! or brind Jennifer back!!

        Comment by maian davies – November 30, 2012 11:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • espisito was spectacular alongside d. Reagan, they cannot replace her as much as they try. suck it up and resign her.

          Comment by ryan gentry – May 5, 2013 03:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I say bring Esposito back she was made for that role .ot fun watching any more with out her the other women dont fit. …..
        Has CBS heard of The
        Go get them Jennifer

        Comment by Linda S. Ray OLeary – December 8, 2012 07:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • i agree linda. i also really like the Wahlberg brothers.

          Comment by crispy12 – December 9, 2012 01:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Miss Jennifer…. I agree she was made for the role of Danny’s partner….The new actress just doesn’t have it for me. Bring Jennifer Back!!!

          Comment by Kathy – January 19, 2013 08:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I agree. CBS, do the right thing and bring Esposito back!

        Comment by Jan Wilson – January 31, 2013 03:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Very true…Esposity really made that character (Det. Jackie Curatola) and she did it well.

        Comment by Squibbit – February 26, 2013 11:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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!!!!!!!

      Comment by Paul – January 4, 2013 07:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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

        Comment by Linda S. Ray OLeary – January 6, 2013 07:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Fix it CBS..Bring back Esposito,perfect partner for Danny on Blue Bloods

        Comment by Amelia Bauer-Chandler – February 3, 2013 06:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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.

        Comment by Kathleen R. Martin, RN, MA, Certified Bereavement Counselor – February 3, 2013 11:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • CBS be a class act and do the right thing!

          Comment by Mary – May 3, 2013 11:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Jennifer cannot be replaced she has an awesome way of connecting with Danny’s character and makes the relationship work effortlessly

        Comment by L.Roman – February 5, 2013 10:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Bring her back!!!! The show is not the same you are loosing fans that watch Blue Bloods.

      Comment by Paul – January 8, 2013 03:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Jennifer cannot be replaced she has an awesome way of connecting with Danny’s character and makes the relationship work effortlessly

      Comment by L.Roman – February 5, 2013 10:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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)

      Comment by Eddie – February 13, 2013 04:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If Esposito’s story is true, CBS’s behavior is absolutely shameful.

    Comment by pecola – October 21, 2012 07:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • This, disgusting behavior.

      Comment by JAA – October 21, 2012 07:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Hope Esposito. Proves her case and sues the pants off cbs. What a bunch of morons.

        Comment by Frank Nosan – November 10, 2012 04:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I also fully expect a law suit to be filed.

      Comment by Me – October 21, 2012 08:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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

      Comment by James Reynolds – October 21, 2012 08:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Thank you. That’s what I’m saying.

        Comment by Jess K – October 21, 2012 08:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • You sir are an IGNORANT DICK!

          Comment by Nonya – October 21, 2012 11:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • you’re an idiot

            Comment by greg – October 23, 2012 07:51 PM PDT  
          • sir? You read a name like Jess and thought sir?

            Comment by Jo Mamma – November 18, 2012 07:23 PM PDT  
        • Really? That’s what you’re saying? You’re happy hitching your wagon to that illiterate train?

          Comment by anon – October 21, 2012 04:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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.

        Comment by Jennifer Esposito – October 21, 2012 08:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • ^^^ 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.

          Comment by md – October 21, 2012 08:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • 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?

            Comment by Carol T – October 21, 2012 10:22 AM PDT  
          • “What makes them [CBS] so much more “entitled” than ABC or NBC?” They’re No. 1 and don’t care?

            Comment by Bob – October 22, 2012 06:55 AM PDT  
        • 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.

          Comment by TBird – October 21, 2012 09:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • 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!

            Comment by Tammy – October 22, 2012 10:16 AM PDT  
        • 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???

          Comment by Kat – October 21, 2012 10:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • 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.

            Comment by DL – October 21, 2012 01:01 PM PDT  
          • 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.

            Comment by Terri – October 21, 2012 01:55 PM PDT  
          • 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.

            Comment by ShinRhino – October 21, 2012 03:47 PM PDT  
          • 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!

            Comment by Laurie S. – October 21, 2012 05:07 PM PDT  
          • 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 !!!

            Comment by Judy – October 22, 2012 09:15 AM PDT  
        • 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

          Comment by gerald martin – October 21, 2012 10:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • 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??

            Comment by Katrina – October 21, 2012 11:04 AM PDT  
        • 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…..!

          Comment by Norma – October 21, 2012 10:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Exactly my sentiments. This week’s show had a hole in it without Jackie.

            Comment by Aaa – November 13, 2012 07:03 PM PDT  
        • People are stupid. Sorry your sick. Your character will be missed

          Comment by Joel – October 21, 2012 11:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I fully agree!,I’m behind u 1000000000% 86 the haters who wanna talk smack! INCLUDING CBS!

          Comment by Nonya – October 21, 2012 11:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Get better soon xx

          Comment by Simon Cann – October 21, 2012 11:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • 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!

            Comment by Fanofbluebloods – December 1, 2012 07:44 PM PDT  
        • 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.

          Comment by Nomphumelelo – October 21, 2012 11:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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.

          Comment by Cindy Larkins Hubbard – October 21, 2012 01:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • You tell them Jennifer.
          You will be missed xxx

          Comment by N – October 21, 2012 02:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • 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.

            Comment by Fred Adelman – October 21, 2012 08:46 PM PDT  
        • 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.

          Comment by Debbie – October 21, 2012 02:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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.

          Comment by Debbie – October 21, 2012 02:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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!

          Comment by Susan – October 21, 2012 02:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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.

          Comment by GKrieger – October 21, 2012 03:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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.

          Comment by mike daniels – October 21, 2012 04:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • 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!!!

            Comment by Carole M – October 22, 2012 03:53 PM PDT  
        • You tell ‘em!

          Comment by Carol Mullins – October 21, 2012 08:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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.

          Comment by dan scott – October 21, 2012 09:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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.

          Comment by Gail Niksic – October 21, 2012 09:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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.

          Comment by Randy – October 21, 2012 10:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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!

          Comment by Jen – October 22, 2012 04:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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.

          Comment by Beverly – October 22, 2012 05:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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

          Comment by Joe Smith – October 22, 2012 07:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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!!!!!

          Comment by Judy – October 22, 2012 08:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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”.

          Comment by t st clair – October 22, 2012 09:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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!

          Comment by D – October 22, 2012 10:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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.

          Comment by Cynthia Nuzzi – October 22, 2012 03:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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.

          Comment by MchL – October 24, 2012 02:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • 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).

            Comment by Yago – October 24, 2012 02:23 PM PDT  
          • Yes it is and yes, I do. And no, I’m not the first one.

            Comment by MchL – October 25, 2012 01:27 AM PDT  
          • 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.

            Comment by debbie RN – November 10, 2012 10:58 PM PDT  
          • Yes, Debbie RN. I agree. I’ve never called in either.

            Comment by MchL – November 12, 2012 08:41 AM PDT  
        • 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.

          Comment by Paula – November 9, 2012 08:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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

          Comment by Kar – November 9, 2012 08:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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.

          Comment by karie vega – November 9, 2012 10:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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.

          Comment by J San – November 10, 2012 08:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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!!

          Comment by Christina Blair – November 10, 2012 02:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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.

          Comment by Red Rover – November 10, 2012 04:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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.

          Comment by julie cavaliere – November 11, 2012 08:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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.

          Comment by Stephanie Kerns-Bailey – November 11, 2012 01:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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.

          Comment by melissa – November 11, 2012 07:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • 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

            Comment by chris (@chris10016073) – November 11, 2012 08:11 PM PDT  
        • 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!

          Comment by Scott Rye – November 12, 2012 01:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Jennifer, you were the only reason that I started watching that show. I will only watch again if you come back.

          Comment by Aexander – November 13, 2012 05:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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.

          Comment by Karen – November 26, 2012 09:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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

          Comment by tim faulkner – December 3, 2012 10:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

            Comment by crisper12 – December 5, 2012 12:31 PM PDT  
        • 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.

          Comment by cathy carroll – January 24, 2013 02:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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

          Comment by lisa – January 25, 2013 05:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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?

          Comment by lynn – January 25, 2013 08:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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.

          Comment by ANGELA THOMSON – March 23, 2013 09:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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.

        Comment by Cathy – October 21, 2012 12:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Dear James: I guess Jennifer told you!!! wasn’t exspecting that were you!

        Comment by Kim – October 22, 2012 09:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Truth – October 21, 2012 09:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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.

        Comment by md – October 21, 2012 09:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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.

        Comment by Becky – October 21, 2012 11:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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.

        Comment by Cathy – October 21, 2012 12:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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.

          Comment by Yago – October 21, 2012 12:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • I know, I just hate that.

            Comment by Cathy – October 21, 2012 01:33 PM PDT  
      • 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.

        Comment by Kj – October 21, 2012 02:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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.

        Comment by Living with Celiac Disease – October 21, 2012 05:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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.

        Comment by Judy – October 22, 2012 08:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • You’r a A hole learn about the llness before you make comment

        Comment by Michelle – October 30, 2012 06:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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.

        Comment by Rusty H – November 16, 2012 01:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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!

      Comment by Nonya – October 21, 2012 11:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Totally agree!!

      Comment by cathy – October 21, 2012 11:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Shameful and illegal.

      Comment by Diane – October 21, 2012 01:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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!

      Comment by Josie – October 21, 2012 02:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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!

      Comment by Carlotta – October 22, 2012 03:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Charlene Shoultz – October 22, 2012 04:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It’s disgusting!!! Shame on you CBS!!! We want her back…NOW!!!

      Comment by J Kazee – October 22, 2012 06:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Joanne – October 22, 2012 08:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree. She is an excellent actress & she & Danny are a perfect fit. Come on, CBS, work something out here.

      Comment by Merilee01 – October 24, 2012 07:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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!

      Comment by gloria denicola – October 26, 2012 03:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Sandy Baldwin – October 26, 2012 11:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Joy Whited – November 10, 2012 06:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Joy Whited – November 10, 2012 07:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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!

      Comment by emma holguin – November 10, 2012 12:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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!

      Comment by Lily North – November 11, 2012 04:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Rusty H – November 16, 2012 01:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by J – October 21, 2012 07:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by twins – October 22, 2012 07:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This absolutely blows! Jackie is a great character losing the Danny/Jackie partnership is going to hurt the show.

    Comment by aunt_deen – October 21, 2012 07:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • i totaly agree, love her and will not watch if they cut her .

      Comment by mary – October 21, 2012 10:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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…

        Comment by Nikki – October 21, 2012 12:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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! :(

    Comment by Leo – October 21, 2012 07:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Jess K – October 21, 2012 07:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I don’t know much about Celiac. Is it possible that irregular schedules and 15+ hour workdays would negatively impact someone with that condition?

      Comment by J – October 21, 2012 07:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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.

        Comment by Jess K – October 21, 2012 07:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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.

        Comment by Chuck Finley (AJ) – October 21, 2012 08:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • And not managing it well includes being out clubbing and drinking a lot of alcohol. They can only drink certain alcoholic beverages and even then most digestive specialists I know tell them no alcohol at all.

          Comment by Chuck Finley (AJ) – October 21, 2012 08:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • So obviously celiac isn’t her only issue.

            Comment by Jess K – October 21, 2012 08:24 AM PDT  
          • Do you know Jennifer Esposito? I think not, so don’t go making claims you can’t back up

            Comment by Bryant Morganelli (@BryantFinlay) – October 21, 2012 08:21 PM PDT  
    • 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.

      Comment by michelle – October 21, 2012 07:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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.

        Comment by Chuck Finley (AJ) – October 21, 2012 08:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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!

          Comment by Blah Blah – October 21, 2012 08:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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.

          Comment by Machiavelli – October 21, 2012 09:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • 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.

            Comment by Chuck Finley (AJ) – October 21, 2012 11:21 AM PDT  
        • You work for CBS, right?

          Comment by Josh – October 21, 2012 12:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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!

      Comment by Penny – October 21, 2012 07:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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!

        Comment by Jess K – October 21, 2012 08:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • You obviously do.

          Comment by Sara – October 21, 2012 10:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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.

          Comment by Becky – October 21, 2012 11:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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?

          Comment by John DeMayo – October 21, 2012 12:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by TV Gord – October 21, 2012 07:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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!

        Comment by Jess K – October 21, 2012 08:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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.

          Comment by Becky – October 21, 2012 11:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • It’s not that hard to sit on a couch for a few hours a day.

        Comment by Chuck Finley (AJ) – October 21, 2012 08:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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.

        Comment by John DeMayo – October 21, 2012 12:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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.

          Comment by TV Gord – October 21, 2012 06:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • 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.

            Comment by Julie – October 21, 2012 08:20 PM PDT  
          • 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.

            Comment by Carolyn – October 21, 2012 09:24 PM PDT  
          • 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.

            Comment by John DeMayo – October 21, 2012 10:50 PM PDT  
          • 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.

            Comment by TV Gord – October 22, 2012 04:56 AM PDT  
          • 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.

            Comment by John DeMayo – October 24, 2012 05:01 PM PDT  
    • 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.

      Comment by Misha – October 21, 2012 08:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by jenwithapen – October 21, 2012 03:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Tiff – October 21, 2012 08:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by misty – November 12, 2012 01:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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?????

        Comment by chris – November 12, 2012 04:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Chuck Finley (AJ) – October 21, 2012 08:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Sara – October 21, 2012 08:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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.

        Comment by Sarah Ramsey – October 21, 2012 04:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • You’re right Penny. Sometimes there IS more to it than we hear. So back off.

    Comment by Lucas – October 21, 2012 08:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by buffy522 – October 21, 2012 08:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by TMW – October 21, 2012 08:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Jenna – October 21, 2012 08:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • He missed 1 episode. He didn’t ask for/require a reduced ongoing work schedule.

      Comment by Kath – October 21, 2012 09:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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.

        Comment by Jenna – October 21, 2012 09:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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.

          Comment by CJ – October 22, 2012 07:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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

        Comment by Diana – October 21, 2012 04:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • This is incorrect.

          Comment by TV Gord – October 21, 2012 06:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • @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.

          Comment by CJ – October 22, 2012 07:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Amanda – October 21, 2012 10:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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.

        Comment by Sara – October 22, 2012 04:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • *he is the lead of the show and took time off for an isolated incident.

          Comment by Sara – October 22, 2012 04:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by CJ – October 22, 2012 06:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Sarah – October 21, 2012 08:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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

      Comment by Diana – October 21, 2012 04:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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?

        Comment by CJ – October 22, 2012 07:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wow I see a huge ADA lawsuit coming against CBS.

    Comment by BrianR – October 21, 2012 08:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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

    Comment by Jennifer Esposito – October 21, 2012 09:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by MK204 – October 21, 2012 09:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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

      Comment by Katy (ddubscalilgirl24) – October 21, 2012 09:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Jennifer,
      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.)

      Comment by Pao – October 21, 2012 09:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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!

      Comment by Michelle – October 21, 2012 09:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Cary B. – October 21, 2012 09:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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!!!

      Comment by Jen – October 21, 2012 09:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Sarah – October 21, 2012 10:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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!

      Comment by John R – October 21, 2012 10:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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!

      Comment by Katrina – October 21, 2012 11:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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

      Comment by Julie S Lafleche (@Jordanthesexgod) – October 21, 2012 11:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Pamela Buczkowske – October 21, 2012 02:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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!

      Comment by Vicki Mudd – October 21, 2012 04:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by TV Gord – October 21, 2012 06:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Richahrd Miller – October 21, 2012 07:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Jennifer,

      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

      Comment by Carolyn – October 21, 2012 09:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by J Raby – October 24, 2012 03:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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)

      Comment by GoneSouth – November 11, 2012 07:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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!

      Comment by Serena – November 17, 2012 09:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • (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!

      Comment by Serena – November 17, 2012 09:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.)

      Comment by HitTheGroundRunningWonderlandHaleyOhMy – December 15, 2012 11:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!

    Comment by Jeff – October 21, 2012 09:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Barb – October 21, 2012 09:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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

      Comment by shirley hall – October 21, 2012 11:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by MK204 – October 21, 2012 09:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Katie (@gfreekatie) – October 21, 2012 09:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Mica – October 21, 2012 09:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Michelle – October 21, 2012 09:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Kiki – October 21, 2012 09:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Laura E. – October 21, 2012 06:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Krystal – October 21, 2012 10:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by mscl – October 21, 2012 09:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Seems like discrimination against someone who is ill. Tsk Tsk CBS. You know what is said about karma.

    Comment by Nicki – October 21, 2012 09:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Kath – October 21, 2012 09:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Analia – October 21, 2012 09:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Chuck Finley (AJ) – October 21, 2012 09:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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!)

        Comment by Pao – October 21, 2012 10:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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.

          Comment by Chuck Finley (AJ) – October 21, 2012 11:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • 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.

            Comment by Pao – October 21, 2012 11:50 AM PDT  
          • 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.

            Comment by Leeroy – October 21, 2012 12:16 PM PDT  
          • 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.

            Comment by Yago – October 21, 2012 12:28 PM PDT  
          • 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.

            Comment by Leeroy – October 21, 2012 01:01 PM PDT  
          • 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.

            Comment by Yago – October 21, 2012 01:17 PM PDT  
          • 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.

            Comment by Leeroy – October 21, 2012 03:47 PM PDT  
        • 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.

          Comment by Tyson Chaney – October 21, 2012 03:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • 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.

            Comment by Yago – October 21, 2012 03:29 PM PDT  
      • 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

        Comment by Machiavelli – October 21, 2012 01:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!

    Comment by zenharmony – October 21, 2012 09:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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 !!

    Comment by Barb C – October 21, 2012 09:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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 !

    Comment by Machiavelli – October 21, 2012 09:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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

    Comment by Sandy – October 21, 2012 09:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by s – October 21, 2012 09:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Whatever – October 21, 2012 09:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Pao – October 21, 2012 09:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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??

    Comment by Jennifer Thompson – October 21, 2012 09:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • awww man! i love jennifer esposito! samantha who? HOLLAAAA
    why you gotta be like that CBS?

    Comment by cjeffery7 – October 21, 2012 09:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Kristina – October 21, 2012 09:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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! :)

      Comment by Pao – October 21, 2012 10:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Eden – October 21, 2012 09:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Wendy – October 21, 2012 09:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sad news, I love her on this show.

    Comment by Stacie – October 21, 2012 09:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Arna Perry – October 21, 2012 10:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Annie, Donnie's Girl (@DonniesWildGirl) – October 21, 2012 10:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!!!!!!

    Comment by helen – October 21, 2012 10:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!

    Comment by Alison – October 21, 2012 10:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Taryn – October 21, 2012 10:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I completely agree with you! This is, to me, the most reasonable post on here.

      Comment by Sara – October 21, 2012 10:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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

    Comment by sabrina fitzpatrick – October 21, 2012 10:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by James R. – October 21, 2012 10:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Alison – October 21, 2012 10:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Carolyn j – October 21, 2012 10:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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”.

      Comment by Taryn – October 21, 2012 11:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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.

        Comment by Carolyn j – October 21, 2012 03:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Yago – October 21, 2012 10:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Yago – October 21, 2012 11:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by hotshot – October 21, 2012 10:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by marcy – October 21, 2012 10:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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