Elisabeth Finch, one of the Grey’s AnatomyThe most famous writers, have been placed on administrative leave amid concerns that elements of her personal journey – some of which she wrote on a show produced by Shonda Rhimes – are believed to be fabricated. .
Sources confirmed with The Hollywood Reporter that Disney’s human resources and legal departments are conducting an internal investigation to determine whether factors included her cancer diagnosis and abortion during her chemotherapy, among others. , is incorrect. Representatives for Shondaland did not immediately respond to calls and emails from CHEAP. The Ankler previously reported that an investigation had been launched by Disney.
Finch has been a writer on Gray’s for many years and wrote several episodes of the series for former host Rhimes and current host Krista Vernoff. She also details her personal struggles in essays for publications including Elle, Shondaland.com and CHEAP also did several rounds of press for episodes over the years allegedly based on her own experience.
Many sources say CHEAP that doubts about the validity of Finch’s personal details arose after the writer cited a family emergency and left the writer’s room to deal with a family matter. When colleagues phoned Finch’s wife, Jennifer Beyer, the similarities to the story Finch told her colleague and Beyer’s history coincided. Beyer raised concerns with Disney and Shondaland executives, prompting Finch to be placed on administrative leave. Finch and Beyer are now said to be going through a “heartbreaking divorce,” as one source describes it.
Many industry colleagues who have been friendly with Finch for many years say CHEAP that they were stunned by the rumors and no longer knew what to believe and cited the lack of “smoke guns” to illustrate their skepticism. “You believe this poor woman has been through this terrible thing and you want to support her,” said one of Finch’s longtime associates.
Outside Grey’s AnatomyFinch’s writing credits include Diary of a vampire and Real blood.
Representatives for Beyer and Finch could not be immediately reached for comment. Representing ABC and ABC Signature, production Grey’s Anatomydeclined to comment.