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.
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