A Grey’s Anatomy writer accused of fabricating parts of her medical history in the writers’ room on long-running ABC drama as well as in personal essays has been placed on administrative leave pending review, the network confirmed to The Times on Thursday.
Elisabeth Finch, a 44-year-old writer who has worked on the series since 2014, is said to have embellished elements of her life, some of which flowed into her writing about the Shonda Rhimes-produced show and helped establish value for the Show, according to a Story by Trade newsletter The Ankel published Thursday. Finch described her ailments and distressing experiences, including being diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer, having an abortion while undergoing chemotherapy, and being misdiagnosed by a doctor, often in personal essays for publications such as Elle, the Hollywood Reporter, and the website for Shondaland, the production company of rhimes.
“Only Elizabeth can speak to her personal story,” a Shondaland spokesman said in a statement to The Times. An ABC spokeswoman and Finch, through their attorney, declined to comment. A request for comment from showrunner Krista Vernoff was not immediately answered.
The Ankler first reported that an investigation was launched by Disney.
Finch, whose other credits include The Vampire Diaries, No Ordinary Family, and True Blood, has written more than a dozen episodes of medical drama, including 2015’s standout episode, Silent All These Years, about a rape victim, in which she also appeared in a non-speaking role as a nurse.
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2022-03-17/greys-anatomy-abc-shondaland-elisabeth-finch ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Author Suspended; allegedly lied about health problems