Jennifer Esposito Slams CBS For ‘Shameful Behavior’ And Unpaid Leave

Jennifer Esposito Slams CBS For 'Shameful Behavior' And Unpaid LeaveJennifer Esposito is temporarily turning in her badge on Blue Bloods amid a contentious behind-the-scenes dispute with CBS.

‘Very limited part-time schedule’

On Saturday, CBS released a statement to our sister site Deadline saying the actress, who plays Det. Jackie Curatola on the Friday night procedural, “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.”


‘Scheme to get a raise?’

Esposito, who has been very public about her battle with Celiac Disease, quickly shot back on Twitter that “CBS put me on unpaid leave and has blocked me from working anywhere else after my doctor said you needed a reduced schedule due to Celiac. 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 implied 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 Me from working anywhere else!… Absolutely shameful behavior.”

Esposito’s “final” Blue Bloods episode will air Nov. 2. In the meantime, Deadline reports that the show will bring in guest stars to fill the void. First up: Relative newcomer Megan Ketch, who will serve as Danny’s temporary partner in at least four episodes.

Who do you think is at fault in this situation — Jennifer Esposito or CBS? Feel free to air out your thoughts and opinions via the comment box below!

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‘Pregnant Man’ Separates From Wife

Thomas Beatie, who made headlines in 2008 as the only legally recognized man known to have given birth, has separated from his wife of nine years, according to People magazine.

Beatie, who has had three children with wife Nancy, announced the split during a taping of the CBS syndicated show “The Doctors.” Beatie also revealed that he’s had the final female-to-male gender reassignment surgery. He also discussed how people have reacted to the transgendered dad and his family, and detailed the medical complications from years of hormone treatments.


Beatie was born in Hawaii as Tracy Lagondino in 1974. He was a Girl Scout, model, and finalist in a Miss Hawaii Teen USA pageant before he began to dress and live as a man in his 20s, he told People. He had sex-reassignment surgery in 2002, took twice-weekly doses of testosterone, and had his breasts surgically removed during his female-to-male transition before legally changing his gender on his passport and Hawaii driver’s license. In 2003, he legally married Nancy, a divorced mother of two who had had a hysterectomy due to endometriosis.

Despite his legal male status, Beatie left his female reproductive organs in place, and had never undergone “bottom” surgery, known as phalloplasty, to create an artificial penis — until now. It’s unclear if the couple will divorce, though the International Business Times reports that “more information will be revealed” when the interview airs next month.

Do you think Thomas Beatie would still be a good dad despite being a “mom” plus the complications of being separated from his wife? Tell us what you think!

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’60 Minutes’ Icon Mike Wallace Dies at 93

Mike Wallace, the legendary CBS News broadcaster, interviewer and “60 Minutes” icon, has died, the network said Sunday. He was 93.

Wallace, whose “probing, brazen style made his name synonymous with the tough interview — a style he practically invented for television more than half a century ago” died “peacefully” on Saturday night, surrounded by family in New Canaan, Conn., CBS said.

Wallace “took to heart the old reporter’s pledge to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable,” Morley Safer, Wallace’s longtime colleague, said. “He characterized himself as ‘nosy and insistent.’ So insistent, there were very few 20th century icons who didn’t submit to a Mike Wallace interview. He lectured Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia, on corruption. He lectured Yassir Arafat on violence. He asked the Ayatollah Khoumeini if he were crazy. He traveled with Martin Luther King (whom Wallace called his hero). He grappled with Louis Farrakhan. And he interviewed Malcolm X shortly before his assassination.”


Wallace retired in 2006. His last appearance on “60 Minutes” was in 2008, when he interviewed Roger Clemens. But he was slowed by heart surgery later that year. And in a recent interview with the Times, his son, Fox News’ Chris Wallace, said his father’s health had deteriorated.

“He’s in a facility in Connecticut, Wallace said. “Physically, he’s okay. Mentally, he’s not. He still recognizes me and knows who I am, but he’s uneven. The interesting thing is, he never mentions ’60 Minutes’… The only thing he really talks about is family–me, my kids, my grandkids, his great-grandchildren…”

As news of Wallace’s death spread, the outpouring of remembrances from his peers was immediate. CBS will dedicate a special edition of “60 Minutes” to Wallace on April 15.

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Ashton Kutcher to Portray Steve Jobs in Indie Biopic

Actor Ashton Kutcher, who got his break on “That ’70s Show,” will go back to the 1970s to play tech visionary Steve Jobs in an indie film about Jobs’ early life and the founding of Apple.

Production on the film, “Jobs,” is scheduled to begin in May while Kutcher is on hiatus from his hit CBS series “Two and a Half Men,” reports Variety, the film-industry trade publication. It will be directed by Joshua Michael Stern (“Swing Vote”) and “will chronicle Steve Jobs from wayward hippie to co-founder of Apple,” according to Variety.

The timing of the story, which was published Sunday on Variety’s website, combined with Kutcher’s well-known love of pranks, led some to dismiss it as an April Fools’ joke. But CNN confirmed Monday through a representative for Kutcher that the actor has signed on for the role.


Jeff Sneider, the reporter who wrote the Variety article, said on Twitter on Sunday that the movie will follow Jobs from when he and Steve Wozniak founded Apple in 1976 to when Jobs returned to the company in the late 1990s after being forced out. It won’t cover Jobs’ later years, he said.

Kutcher’s movie will face competition from Sony Pictures, which is developing its own Jobs biopic based on the best-selling book by Walter Isaacson. A CNN.com report last fall speculated on which actor might play Jobs in that movie and threw out some names — James McAvoy, Crispin Glover, Stanley Tucci, Noah Wyle — but failed to mention Kutcher.

Source: CNN

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