Jennifer Esposito Says CBS Fired Her Because She Has Celiac Disease

In Celebs by Wendy Michaels , on Thursday, October 25, 2012, 10:30 AM (PDT)
Jennifer Esposito


Actress Claims She Was Fired from 'Blue Bloods' Because of Celiac Disease

Actress Jennifer Esposito says the reason she was fired from CBS' Blue Bloods is because she was diagnosed with Celiac Disease.

Due to her diagnosis, she required some time off from work to get medical treatment.

Seems CBS wasn't down with that and canned Esposito from her job on the drama series.

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CBS responded to the claim, telling, "Jennifer has informed us that she is only available to work on a very limited part-time schedule. As a result, she's unable to perform the demands of her role and we regretfully had to put her character on a leave of absence. [...] She is a wonderfully talented actress and we hope that she will be able to return at some point in the future."

Esposito isn't sitting quietly, taking to Twitter to say: "CBS knows PUT me on unpaid leave an has blocked me from working anywhere else after my doc said u needed a reduced schedule due to celiac."

She added that the disease took its toll on her on set, when she fell, writing: "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."

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Esposito takes further issue with CBS, who she believes thought she was lying about the diagnosis to get more money, as she tweeted: "Implied that I was NOT truly ill and this was a scheme to get a raise! It's been almost two months without brining me back to work + keeping me from working anywhere else! So no that article is not telling you the truth. Absolutely shameful behavior"


On the upside, Esposito has a new business venture -- gluten-free baking products.

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