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Jennifer Esposito Slams CBS for "Absolutely Shameful" Blue Bloods Ouster

USMagazine, Monday, October 22, 2012, 6:30am (PDT)

Blue Bloods' Jennifer Esposito is fighting mad.

Shortly after Deadline.com reported that the actress -- who has played Donnie Wahlberg's partner Jackie Curatola on the CBS series for three seasons -- was written off the show after going on medical leave, Esposito took to Twitter to slam her bosses.

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In a statement to Deadline Saturday, CBS TV Studios said Esposito, 39, was only able to work on a "part-time schedule" and that the show "regretfully had to put her character on a leave of absence" as a result.

Though CBS declined to go into specifics about the reason for her departure, Esposito revealed in a series of angry tweets that she was forced to sit out upcoming episodes under doctors' orders as she received treatment for Celiac disease.

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"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 [disease]," tweeted Esposito, who suffers from the autoimmune disease of the small intestine.

"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!" the actress continued. "It's been almost two months without bringing me back to work and keeping me from working anywhere else! Absolutely shameful behavior."

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An outspoken advocate for those suffering with Celiac, Esposito has already filmed her (tentatively) final Blue Bloods episode, which will air on November 2. CBS intends to use a rotating cast of actresses to appear as Danny Reagan's temporary partner. Megan Ketch will be introduced as his first fill-in on the November 2 show, and appear in four episodes.

Said the studio: "[Jennifer] is a wonderfully talented actress and we hope that she will be able to return at some point in the future."

This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Jennifer Esposito Slams CBS for "Absolutely Shameful" Blue Bloods Ouster

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