One of Grey’s Anatomy’s best screenwriters has been banished from the writers’ room in a strange twist that rivals the show’s own melodramatic storylines.
Elisabeth Finch has been placed on “administrative leave” amid an investigation by Disney’s human resources and legal departments after writing the long-running ABC medical drama, a production insider confirmed to The Post.
Some of Finch’s personal medical trauma — written in the long-running Shonda Rhimes series — was allegedly fabricated, sources told the Hollywood Reporter.
The network and studio launched an internal investigation into the life of 44-year-old Finch to determine if storylines like her cancer diagnosis and her abortion while undergoing chemotherapy were actually the real deal.
Bombshell allegations, first reported by the ankler, cast doubt on previous reports that Finch was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer the year before she was hired on Grey’s Anatomy, forcing her to abort her fetus. The outlet also questioned her claims that she lost a kidney and part of her leg and had to have knee replacement surgery, only to learn she had been misdiagnosed by a doctor she later confronted.
Finch — who began writing for Grey’s Anatomy in 2015 and has also written screenplays for episodes of the CW series The Vampire Diaries and HBO’s True Blood — frequently published personal essays sharing her medical experiences for publications like THR , Elle magazine and even Rhimes describes ‘ own Shondaland website. Many of these actually led to storylines in the drama starring Ellen Pompeo.
Several insiders have noted to THR that others began to question details of Finch’s personal life after she claimed she was having a family emergency and left the writers’ room to address the matter.
When their colleagues called Finch’s wife, Jennifer Beyer, the other writers noticed inconsistencies in the story Finch was telling their colleagues — which actually matched incidents from Beyer’s own life, the outlet reported.
Beyer later met with Disney and Shondaland executives and raised similar concerns. That’s when Finch’s alleged “web of lies” was beginning to unravel, the Daily Mail reported, and she was placed on administrative leave. A source noted that Finch and Beyer – who married in 2020 – are going through a “bitter divorce.”
Other industry figures told the outlet that they have crossed paths with Finch over the years and are shocked by the rumours. While colleagues aren’t sure what the truth is, they cited the lack of a “smoking gun” to corroborate speculation.
“You believe this poor woman went through this horrible thing and you want to support her,” one of Finch’s longtime colleagues told THR.
The embattled screenwriter’s attorney, Andrew Brettler of Lavely & Singer, said in a statement: “Ms. Finch will not disclose her private health issues. Nor will she discuss her pending divorce from her surviving wife, Jennifer Beyer, or any statements Ms. Beyer may have made to third parties about Ms. Finch.”
The Post could not reach Beyer for comment.