Actress Diagnosed With Celiac In Battle With TV Network

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Actress Jennifer Esposito, who was recently diagnosed with celiac disease, is entangled in a battle with CBS TV Studios. Esposito was put on an unpaid leave of absence from the network's police drama "Blue Bloods," which the actress states was a result of a celiac-induced collapse on set.

The network issued this statement: "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 perfect the demands of her role and we regretfully had to put her character on a leave of absence."

The actress took to Twitter to defend herself and claimed, "CBS didn't listen to my doc and I collapsed on set."

A online petition has been started to get Esposito back on the show.

7 comments (Add your own)

1. JenJen wrote:
As someone with Celiac Disease, I am curious as to what a "celiac-induced collapse" is. I have never heard of it. According to this article, Jennifer was "recently diagnosed", but in an interview I read with her in Gluten Free Living magazine, she was diagnosed in 2009. Which means her symptoms should be well under control at this point, unless SHE is not faithfully following a GF diet. Why she is only "available to work on a very limited part-time schedule" is beyond me. I have been working full time since I was diagnosed, and that was less than a year ago. Sounds like someone is using CD as an excuse to cover something else. Please, Jennifer, don't give people more reasons to misunderstand Celiac Disease!

Mon, November 5, 2012 @ 10:16 AM

2. Luanne wrote:
I was diagnosed with celiac's almost two years ago. I did extensive research to educate myself. "Celiac-induced collapse" is non-existant. Celiac disease does NOT limit your ability to work, or do whatever you want as long as you omit gluten from your diet. CBS was right to let her go.

Mon, November 5, 2012 @ 12:13 PM

3. Kathy Weykamp wrote:
While I am concerned for the health of the actress, I am complete agreement with the first two comments. Employers as well as life and health insurance companies do not need additional ammunition in their uninformed and biased treatment of people with celiac disease. It is ultimately the person's responsibility to take care of one's special diet while the rest of the world gets caught up. Again, I'm sorry for her situation, but nothing about the information provided about her situation compels me to sign a petition.

Mon, November 5, 2012 @ 12:49 PM

4. Laurie Dauman wrote:
Agree, Agree and Agree again. I really enjoyed the actress on the show, but don't use Celiac Disease as your excuse not to be able to work. An undercontrol diet should be on the actress not the network. I work full-time, have a part-time job and go to school. The diet is inconvenient at times but not as bad as the reaction to the gluten! Buck-up Buck-a-roo!

Mon, November 5, 2012 @ 8:37 PM

5. Romy wrote:
Umm, are you really just givnig this info out for nothing?

Sat, November 17, 2012 @ 1:04 PM

6. Gluten Martyrs Unite wrote:
I agree "Celiac-induced collapse" does not exist. Same celebrity inspired claptrap as "emotionally drained" and other such non existent maladies often wheel out to excuse celebs who misbehave or over do alcohol or drugs IMHO

Tue, November 20, 2012 @ 4:59 AM

7. Jay wrote:
I want people to know not everyone recovers with a proper diet. I fall in that category. I wasn't diagnosed until I was over 30 but I was sick for almost 10 years. Doctors wrote me of as mental and really didn't try to help me until my liver and kidneys began to fail. Even with no gluten in my diet I can't get better and I really don't think I ever will. Too much damage already. At least I don't collapse all the time anymore but I could never work a normal job and live a normal life. Hardest thing for me is knowing I will never be well enough to have kids and it kills me. Celiac disease is more than just a strict diet for some. Jennifer could really be that sick and I feel for her because I know what it's like.

"Celiac-induced collapse" is very real. If I eat something I'm not supposed to I sometimes fall to the floor when I go to stand up. It usually starts within 20-30 minutes and can last a long time depending on what I ate. Imagine eating something that you thought was safe and 30 minutes later your friends are picking you up off the floor of a restaurant. It's so embarrassing!

Fri, November 29, 2013 @ 3:14 PM

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