The former Blue Bloods star has been added as a series regular for the longrunning crime drama's season 14, in which she will play NCIS Special Agent Alexandra Quinn, alongside show regulars Mark Harmon, Sean Murray, and Pauley Perrette.

The TV gig marks Esposito's return to law enforcement onscreen after famously accusing Blue Bloods bosses of axing her from the police drama after she was diagnosed with autoimmune disorder celiac disease in 2012.

"(They) PUT me on unpaid leave and blocked me from working anywhere else after my doc (doctor) said u needed a reduced schedule due to celiac," she wrote on Twitter at the time. "CBS (TV network bosses) 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! ...Absolutely shameful behavior."

A representative from CBS TV Studios responded by issuing a statement which read: "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."

Her character, Jackie Curatola, was written out of the show later that year (Oct12).