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Actress’s Battle with CBS over Celiac Disease

Posted By Allergic Living On 2012/10/21 @ 12:54 pm In Celiac Disease | No Comments

Jennifer Esposito, a star of the hit TV series Blue Bloods, is in the midst of her own drama with employer CBS – and at the center of the dispute is her continuing struggle to control celiac disease.

CBS has put the actress and her character detective Jackie Curatola on a leave of absence. In a statement to the TV website Deadline.com on October 20, 2012, CBS Studios said:  “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.”

Esposito took to Twitter [1], accusing the network of “shameful behavior”, saying that: “CBS put me on unpaid leave and has blocked me from working anywhere else after my doc said ‘you needed a reduced schedule due to celiac’. CBS didn’t listen to my doc and I collapsed on set. Which everyone saw!”

She further says that once she was cleared to return to work, “CBS implied that I was not truly ill and this was a scheme to get a raise!”

Esposito has been a vocal advocate of celiac disease [2] awareness, speaking out about the many years it took her to get diagnosed and the struggles she had faced before going gluten-free with extreme fatigue, gastrointestinal distress and hair loss.

In reply to some critical comments on one article about the dispute with CBS, Esposito elaborated on her current celiac-related health issues: “I can work on a limited schedule due to the vitamin IVs I need three times a week because I don’t absorb [nutrients and], due to the exhaustion from that as well.”

Esposito blogs at the site Jennifersway.org [3], where she shares advice and recipes.

View Esposito’s documentary on life with celiac here [4].

Posted: October 21, 2012

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[1] Twitter: https://twitter.com/JennifersWayJE

[2] celiac disease: http://allergicliving.com/category/celiac-2/

[3] Jennifersway.org: http://jennifersway.org/

[4] here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TFtL9ytUH4&feature=related

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