‘Grey’s Anatomy:’ Former writer for the ABC drama admits she lied about cancer


Elisabeth Finch, who had served as a writer and consulting producer for ABC’s hit series Grey’s Anatomy, has given an interview in which she admitted that she lied about her health and personal life.

Speaking to The Ankler, Finch said she had never had “any kind of cancer”.

“What I did was wrong,” she said. “Not okay. Tired of being. All the words.”

In March, The Ankler published a story that the series explored concerns that Finch had fabricated previous stories about her life, including being diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer and losing a kidney and part of her leg.

“She taped a dummy catheter to her arm and shaved her hair to pretend she was undergoing chemotherapy,” the newspaper reported in its follow-up published Thursday.

“I really miss it. I miss my fellow writers,” Finch told The Ankler of her previous job. “It’s like a family and… one of the things that makes it so hard is that they rallied behind a false story I gave.”

Finch resigned from her position and sought clinical treatment before an investigation by the show began, the report said.

Finch said she started telling lies during the 2007 Writers Strike after hurting her knee while out for a walk.

That resulted in knee replacement surgery for which, she said, people were “so supportive.”

“It was a great recovery period and then it was dead quiet because of course everybody was like ‘Yay! You are cured.’ But it was dead quiet,” she says. “And I had no support and went back to my old maladaptive coping mechanism – I lied and made something up because I needed support and attention and so I went after it. That’s where that lie started – in that silence.

According to The Ankler, in 2019, Finch also lied to colleagues by telling them that her brother had committed suicide, when in reality he is alive and living in Florida.

She told the publication she felt guilty for the false stories she told, which she said led to both losing her job and some family members disowning her.

“I know what I’ve done is absolutely wrong,” she said. “I lied and there is no excuse for that. But there is context for it. The best way I can explain it is that when you experience a level of trauma, many people adopt a maladaptive coping mechanism. Some people drink to hide or forget things. Drug addicts try to change their reality. Some people cut. I lied. That was my way of coping and my way of feeling safe and seen and heard.”

CNN has reached out to “Grey’s Anatomy” representatives for comment.

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