‘Grey’s Anatomy’ writer Elisabeth Finch has decided to take time off after the ABC medical drama previously put her on ‘leave of absence’.
A Disney insider told the Post that she requested to take personal time off, which was approved.
Finch, 44, was accused last month of writing several scripts based on her own experiences – several elements of which were allegedly fabricated.
She was later subjected to an HR investigation by Disney following the bombshell news.
That investigation has since been closed, and Finch opted to leave the Shonda Rhimes-led series on her own.
“I will always remain one of ‘Grey’s Anatomy‘s biggest fans,'” Finch said in a statement. at the Hollywood Reporter. “I loved the show from day one and had the honor of writing for it since season 11.”
She also added that the “proudest moment” of her career “was watching rape victims receive the episode ‘Silent All These Years’.
“‘Grey’s Anatomy’ is a bright, big-hearted family. 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 am extremely grateful to Disney, ABC and Shondaland for allowing me to do this and for supporting me during this very difficult time,” Finch concluded.
Sources also told the outlet that Disney was determined to investigate the screenwriter and – after her decision to take time off from the show – suspended any questioning about claims that personal details about her life, including medical problems, could have been falsified.
Other insiders, however, claimed that an investigation was never formally opened at Disney, and the global media conglomerate asked him for a doctor’s note and his clinician’s consent to speak with the company’s medical director. .
Finch reportedly refused to provide a note and asked to take personal time off from the long-running show. Disney granted him the release because his medical records are protected by patient privacy law or HIPPA.
“Grey’s Anatomy” is currently in production for season 18 and has been renewed for a 19th season.
Finch’s “Grey’s” contract included a mutual return option for Season 19, and a source told the reporter she was not expected to return.
Allegations surfaced in March that Finch may have faked personal experiences — including being diagnosed with bone cancer, having an abortion and losing a kidney — and used those accounts in his scripts.
Finch began writing for “Grey’s Anatomy” in 2015 and has also written episodes of CW’s “The Vampire Diaries” and HBO’s “True Blood.”