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Source: CBS

Jennifer Esposito's 'Blue Bloods' Character Was Unceremoniously Written off the Show

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There are plenty of great television shows on the air right now, but if fans knew what went on behind the scenes of some of their favorites, they would be left shaking their heads. 

Take, for example, the sudden dismissal of Jennifer Esposito on Blue Bloods midway through Season 3. The actress, who played Danny Reagan’s former partner Detective Jackie Curatola, returned from medical leave in 2012 to discover that she no longer had a job.

What happened to Jackie on 'Blue Bloods'?

Her character may have left the NYPD due to stress, but Jennifer claimed she was fired by CBS over her battle with celiac disease. Those suffering from the illness are unable to consume gluten because it triggers a negative immune reaction in the small intestine. Damage to the intestine's lining can cause diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss, bloating, and anemia.

After telling the network that she was instructed by her doctor to work less hours, Jennifer alleged that CBS didn’t take the request seriously. After collapsing on set as a result of her diagnosis, the now 46-year-old said she was placed on unpaid leave before being written off the show completely.