Livid JENNIFER ESPOSITO erupts and fires flack at CBS for canning her from BLUE BLOODS!
The tawny thesp unleashed a Twitter attack, accusing the Tiffany net of “absolutely shameful behavior” after they released a statement about her absence from the hit NY family policer, RadarOnline.com said.
At the heart of the dispute is the 39-year-old’s battle with celiac disease, a potentially debilitating intestinal condition caused by a gluten allergy.
The studio execs released a statement to Deadline.com explaining why, for now, Esposito’s final onscreen appearance in Blue Bloods will be on November 2.
It says: “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.”
But Esposito then took to her Twitter to deny the claim.
She wrote: “CBS knows [they] PUT me on unpaid leave and has blocked me from working anywhere else after my doc said u 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 brining [sic] me back to work + keeping me from working anywhere else!”
She goes on to say that it’s “absolutely shameful behavior.”
Devotees of Blue Bloods, which toplines Tom Selleck, are not happy either.
One tweeted: “Can’t believe that you’re being discriminated against cause of your illness. They should be ashamed. You will be missed.”