Former ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Writer Says Cancer Patient ‘Lied’ About Brother’s Suicide: ‘What I Did Was Wrong’

Nine months after quitting the hit TV show, former Grey’s Anatomy writer and consulting producer Elizabeth Finch has admitted to making up several stories about her medical history and personal life.

Finch, 44, told The Ankler that lying on the award-winning show was “the biggest mistake of my life”.

“What I did was wrong,” he said. “Not good. F—ed. All the words.”

Representatives for Grey’s Anatomy and Finch did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


Krista Vernoff and Elizabeth Finch in the Grey’s Anatomy episode “All These Years Silent”.
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The former host of the show shared with the publication that she has “never had cancer” after claiming to have been diagnosed with chondrosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.

Finch said he lost part of a leg to cancer, as well as a kidney. She also told her former co-workers that she was forced to have an abortion due to chemotherapy treatments.


Finch also admitted to lying about his older brother Eric’s suicide while working on the hit show. According to WebMD, Eric is a licensed pediatrician practicing in the state of Florida.

“I know what I did was absolutely wrong,” Finch told the outlet.

“I lied, and there’s no excuse for it. But there’s context to it. The best way I can explain it is when you go through that level of trauma, a lot of people use a maladaptive coping mechanism. Some people drink to hide or forget things.Addicts try to change their reality.

Elizabeth Finch talks to Sarah Drew in an episode of Grey’s Anatomy.
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He said the injury that caused him to lie was a knee injury he suffered in 2007.

“Everyone has been so amazing and so wonderful leading up to all the surgeries. They’ve been so supportive,” Finch said. “Then I had my knee replaced. It was a hell of a recovery, and then it was quiet because everyone, naturally, was like, ‘Hey! “You are healed.”

She continued: “But it was quiet. I had no support and I reverted to my old faulty coping mechanism – lying and making things up because I needed support and attention was needed and I did so. began—in that silence.”

Finch said that after her lies became public, she resigned from Grey’s Anatomy and checked herself into a facility in Arizona.

Finch joined the popular drama in 2014.

Finch joined the popular drama in 2014.
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According to the former producer, the ABC studio launched a fabrication investigation after his resignation. When the allegations became public in March, Finch’s life was turned upside down.

He said his wife had left him and his family had abandoned him.

“I wish I had a grid that would show me who’s not talking to me because they can’t talk [legally]”, – said Finch. “Who’s not talking to me because they don’t know what to say. Who is not talking to me because they are angry. And then who’s sitting there waiting for me to reach out. I have no clue … it’s been a very quiet and very sad time.”


He continued: “There were people who wondered when [the] The article came out, immediately the text was very, very bad. “My family and friends called me a ‘monster’ and a ‘fraudster’ and told me to get to know them and the truth will come out again soon.”

Finch began working on Grey’s Anatomy in 2014. She appeared in the 2015 episode “These Silent Years” where she played the role of Nurse Elizabeth. A particular episode was written by Finch and centered around a victim of sexual assault.

In 2018, Finch shared that Kathryn Fox’s story, illustrated by Debbie Allen, was inspired by her battle with cancer.

The cast of Grey’s Anatomy in the episode “Six Days”.
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“My boss, Christa Vernoff, asked me to use my perspective as a cancer survivor to write a story about one of our favorite characters being diagnosed,” she told ELLE magazine at the time.

“I was convinced that Kathryn Fox should be a character with cancer – a bright, lively, sexy, 60-year-old, world-class surgeon – whose fire could only be matched by the actress who played her, Debbie Allen,” he said. “I wish Catherine had been diagnosed with a spinal tumor like mine, only this time the doctors told her the truth. Because she, like the rest of the world, shouldn’t be sick any other way.”

Finch added, “So I started writing the episode with the help of a great writer, but I secretly convinced myself that the episode would never air. It was the only way I knew how to write it without breaking my rule of never saying no.” ‘li was. ‘ to work.”

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