‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Writer Allegedly Scammed Shonda Rhimes In The Style Of Shondaland’s ‘Inventing Anna’
Shonda Rhimes is no stranger to tales that contain stranger fact than fiction. One of the writer and producer’s most recent projects, Invent Anna, followed the story of a pathological liar. Now it looks like one of Rhimes’ own Grey’s Anatomy writers are guilty of the same thing. So who is Elisabeth Finch?
‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Writer Elisabeth Finch and Her Disturbing Medical History
Finch started writing for Grey’s Anatomy after a since deleted personal essay published by She. In the article, she talked about living and working with chondrosarcoma, a rare and usually fatal form of bone cancer. In her essay, Finch explained how she continued to work — against her doctor’s orders.
“When I defied Dr. Cryptic’s orders to take indefinite leave from work — he thought chemo deserved my only attention — he doubted my commitment to healing,” she wrote in her post, according to vanity lounge. At the time, Finch was working on The Vampire Diaries.
“I watched the producers’ cuts under a haze of Demerol, rambling dialogue about vampire-werewolf hybrids with a shunt in the spine,” Finch continued. “Yes, I had lost 17 pounds, I was bald, I was constantly throwing up, but I was still living alone. Still stubborn as hell.
The She trial caught the attention of a development manager at Shondaland, Rhimes’ production company. Finch ended up being hired to work on Grey’s Anatomy. Since joining the show in 2014, Finch has been credited as producer on 172 episodes and writer on 13.
Most notably, Finch was credited as a writer in a 2018 episode of the medical drama, titled “Anybody Have a Map?” In the episode, a patient undergoes surgery to treat her aggressive chondrosarcoma.
The people who worked at Shondaland were extremely supportive of Finch. They gave him time off for his chemotherapy and clinical trials. They also found her story inspiring; Finch was the only person to survive one of her clinical trials, but she still came to work as often as she could.
Elisabeth Finch’s wife says it was all a lie
After years of working in Shondaland, everyone thought they knew Finch’s story. Everything changed in 2022 when Rhimes received a mysterious email. The message came from Jennifer Beyer, Finch’s ex-wife.
Beyer was writing to tell Rhimes that Finch was lying. Even though no one wanted to believe it, as they looked into Finch’s story, things started to fall apart.
Finch first claimed she was diagnosed with cancer while working on The Vampire Diaries. According to Vanity Fair, she is visiting family in New Jersey, bald from alleged chemo treatments and wearing a bandage where the chemo port is said to be.
However, Beyer claimed that Finch still had his eyebrows and eyelashes. Notably, chemotherapy patients usually lose these characteristics during their treatment. Also, she had no scar where the port would have been.
According to Beyer, when she became suspicious and confronted Finch, the writer admitted“She had had cancer at one point, but did chemo, and recovered.”
His estranged wife also claimed that Finch lied about his brother who committed suicide (he is alive), a friend who died in the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue and the reception of a kidney of true blood star Anna Paquin (the actress denied this claim).
Elisabeth Finch is now on leave from ‘Grey’s Anatomy’
Since his story came into question, Finch has taken personal leave from Grey’s Anatomy. It is not yet known when, or if, she will return, or what kind of consequences she may suffer.
In a statement on his leave, Finch said, according to Deadline“I will always remain one of Grey’s Anatomythe biggest fans. I loved the show from day one and had the honor of writing for it since season 11. The proudest moment of my career was watching rape survivors receive the episode “Silent All These Years”.
“Grey’s Anatomy is a bright, big-hearted family,” she continued. “As hard as it is to take time off right now, I know it’s more important that I focus on my own family and my health. I’m so grateful to Disney, ABC and Shondaland for allowing me to to do so and for supporting me during this very difficult time.
Finch’s story of illness, death and organ donation has been neither confirmed nor denied. But fans can’t help but point out the crazy similarity between his story and Rhimes’. Invent Anna series.
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