According to the actress, her diagnosis of and ensuing struggle with Celiac disease has caused serious problems between her and her bosses on the series. She tweeted, “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 … (i)mplied that I was NOT truly ill and this was a scheme to get a raise! It’s been almost two months without (bringing) me back to work + keeping (m)e from working anywhere else! … Absolutely shameful behavior.”
CBS released a statement of their own. “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.”
As of now, Esposito’s last appearance on the show will be on the Nov. 2 episode. CBS plans on providing Donnie Wahlberg‘s character with guest stars as temporary partners, until the situation is resolved.