Jennifer Esposito to be poster girl for gluten-free diets
Ailing 'Blue Bloods' actress calls CBS 'shameful'
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — "Blue Bloods" cast member Jennifer Esposito is blasting CBS for sidelining her from the show.
In Twitter postings, the actress has accused CBS of "absolutely shameful behavior" in putting her on unpaid leave from the Tom Selleck-starring police drama.
Esposito tweeted that she's been diagnosed with celiac disease and requires a reduced work schedule. She said CBS believes she is angling to win a pay raise.
CBS has responded that because Esposito can't fulfill the full-time demands of her role, it has "regretfully" put her character, Detective Jackie Curatola, on a leave of absence. Her last appearance for now airs Nov. 2. The network says it hopes Esposito will be able to return.
Celiac disease is a digestive disorder caused by foods that contain gluten, a protein found in wheat.
I don't understand. If she doesn't eat gluten, she shouldn't have a problem.
I have a friend with celiac disease and if he accidentally eats gluten he experiences intense joint pain for up to six months. Maybe that's her issue?
I think sitcom actors have more pull; imagine how much Jim Parsons is getting? (He deserves every penny by the way.)
I met Esposito once; she was lovely. I hope she gets better soon and is back on the show soon.
Esposito is a supporting player, so she doesn't have that much pull.
Can't she have her own meals prepared for her? SHe can take a sack lunch just like the rest of us working stiffs.
Considering she's like the only woman who's ever provoked her gay husband to beat the shit out of her (usually gay husbands are to passive to cars about the comings and goings of their wives), I take it she's a real bitch.
She was hot n heavy with Cameron Matheson from All My Children
[quote]I have a friend with celiac disease and if he accidentally eats gluten he experiences intense joint pain for up to six months. Maybe that's her issue?
This is b.s. Your friend cheats on his diet and doesn't eat gluten free.
I have to be on a gluten free diet. Family members have to be on a gluten free diet. It is almost immediate that you feel so much better. If she is only recently diagnosed she would be on a less work hours before not after.
It's well known she smelled like sloppy wet poop all the time. It made people sick.
CBS was afraid she was about to do to Tom Selleck what she tried to do to Bradley Cooper (out him).
More history about Esposito and Cooper, please.
Sounds like there is more to this story that we don't know. If this was only about her sickness, I can't imagine the show wouldn't try to accommodate her. Sounds like there were some professionalism issues here.
[quote] I have a friend with celiac disease and if he accidentally eats gluten he experiences intense joint pain for up to six months.
You often ask how people can vote for Romney. With people like this ^ running around, you can see how people will believe anything.
Risotteria in the West Village at Bleecker and Morton is a gluten-free restaurant. Jen should get take-out from there.
Just why would she want to leave a show that provides her with work? After all, steady acting jobs are not easy to get, right? Maybe she wants to leave while the show is still around, while she is still more widely known?
Leaving to make people more aware of Celiac disease, of all things, sounds odd. I have that condition. I just avoid gluten,which is easier than ever these days. Not easy,mind you, just easier. I can understand working to inform the public of cancer, diabetes, drunk driving, but CElIAC DISEASE?
I watch the show, but it is kinda dull.I basically watch it because Tom is in it. I am a fan.Otherwise, I wouldn't bother. She is one of the better actors on it, however. Maybe there was conflict on the set? Maybe they got rid of her or this is a way out for office politics reasons?
Maybe she doesn't have real celiac disease but is one of the "gluten-free" clowns that are around so much?
[quote]This is b.s. Your friend cheats on his diet and doesn't eat gluten free.
I have to be on a gluten free diet. Family members have to be on a gluten free diet. It is almost immediate that you feel so much better.
My friend sticks to his diet and has for over 30 years. He basically lives on sushi, steamed vegetables and rice. When we go out to eat he asks that no wheat flour be used in the dishes, but can you guarantee that nothing will slip in? Or some asshole doesn't believe you and put flour in something anyway?
[quote]You often ask how people can vote for Romney. With people like this ^ running around, you can see how people will believe anything.
My friend was diagnosed over thirty years ago while in the military by doctors who want you to just shake it off and get back out there. So if he was discharged because of celiac disease, I'm going to believe he has a pretty intense case of it. He still works for the military and is a total type A Republican who works 12-14 hour days seven days a week, so he's not using it as an excuse to get out of anything. I don't understand why people are so hostile on this issue. It exists and people suffer and they can suffer in different ways. How is it making your life any worse?