Jennifer Esposito Opens Up About the 'Ugliness' of Her Blue Bloods Suspension

Jennifer Esposito Suspended from Blue BloodsJennifer Esposito, elaborating publicly for the first time since she was put on medical leave by Blue Bloods producer CBS Television Studios, says the sequence of events leading to her estrangement from the crime drama “makes me sick.”

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According to excerpts obtained by TVLine from an interview airing on Fox News Channel’s FOX Files this Sunday at 9/8c, Esposito recalls how her doctor advised that she seek a reduced work load due to her struggles with Celiac disease. The actress claims that rather than accommodate her request or dismiss/replace her outright, the studio kept her on contract and suspended her without pay.

“Look, they have a job that they need done. I get it,” she tells FOX Files. “You don’t think I can do it in the two or three days that I am offering in that… work space of eight days? Then I get it, you have to replace me. But that’s not what happened. What happened was ugliness.”

Esposito relates the story of the day she collapsed on set not once but twice — first when exiting a shuttle van, and shortly thereafter in the makeup trailer where tried to regain her bearings. “The [assistant director] came in and said, ‘I’ll get the medic,’ and we were like, ‘There is nothing [to do], unless he can cure me of Celiac disease. This is we’ve been trying to tell you.’ They had to carry me into the car and bring me to the doctor, where I [was] for seven hours.”

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As things stand now, Esposito claims she is still suspended without pay and on contract, and thus is forbidden to seek employment on another network TV show. She could, however, do film or stage work, or appear on a cable series that doesn’t air in a 10 o’clock time slot.

Blue Bloods meanwhile is rotating in new characters played by Megan Ketch and Megan Goode to sub for her Detective Jackie Curatola. “Jennifer has informed us that she is only available to work on a very limited part-time schedule,” CBS TV Studios said in a statement issued Oct. 20. “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…. [W]e hope that she will be able to return at some point in the future.”

Having been an actress for 20 years, Esposito acknowledges there are “so many things of injustice that happen in this business. It’s what you sign up for…. This, though, is something that is not about me, I feel. This is about a disease that people don’t understand. And what went on [here], it makes me sick.”

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  1. Harry Single says:

    If everyone else is on a 7 to 8 day schedule and she was in almost every seen that Donnie is in then if her health stops that then she should have stepped down and take care of her health and not spend time complaining. I don’t blame CBS, it is a business and she has been in the business for 20 tears so she should know better. I like her as Jackie but really, grow up and stop complaining about something that you started.

  2. LORIE says:

    I think BLUE BLOODS needs to bring back JENNIFER ESPOSITO. I like MARISSA RAMIREZ but I like JENNIFER better.

  3. Leo Ducote says:

    its a shame she is the best partner of dannys yet. good looking yet plays her role perfect. hope she comes back. i like the show anyways, but its doesn’t seem fair.

  4. To whom it may concern
    I think Ms Esposito got an unfair deal. Why can’t she get the Screen Actors Guild fight for her ? That is a union who stand by their members in cases like this. I wish her the best and good health.

  5. Lisa says:

    So sorry to see you go and of your illness. My husband and I are so hooked on the show, we spend entire days on Thursdays watching reruns. You are the best by far a good match for Danny’s partner.

  6. Mila Ogle says:

    I hope Jackie can return soon, I miss her! She was a great asset to the show. Best partner Danny has had thus far.

  7. John Gilmour says:

    This is thefirst I heard how this actress is beingtreated? It is Not Humane, when a member of your company has a medical problem, you help them get relief, as best you can! however when you are a narcissistic person, you don’t have an opinion, yours is a DICTUM? and if someone doesn’t do it your way, look out!
    this is what happens folks when the people in charge, have no Compassion – Reason – Tolerance, -or Understanding of the human condition! and they are in charge over people? ? ? ? ?

  8. John Gilmour says:

    Oh!Oh! he’s monitoring this column? What a FARCE BLUE BLOOD FARCE you are disgusting, and be thankful YOU have a job, because nobody would hire you!

  9. Claudia says:

    You are missed They should pay you.
    If you Were Danny you wold get paid.

  10. My daughter also has the same illness. I really admire and love you. Blessings for your future. I just watched you on NCIS congratulations, you go lady. I am a great fan.