Back in March, the world was introduced to the wild saga of Elisabeth Finch, a writer on Grey’s Anatomy and former writer on True Blood. The Ankler accused 44-year-old Elisabeth (blue hairnet lady in the header pic) of lying about battling a rare type of bone cancer, her brother committing suicide, a kidney loss, and having an abortion during chemotherapy. Elisabeth didn’t just weave her web of lies to friends; she wrote about them in personal essays for Elle, The Hollywood Reporter, and Shonda Rhimes’ website, Shondaland. Some of her tales actually made it into Grey’s Anatomy storylines. After The Ankler’s report, Grey’s put Elisabeth on administrative leave and ABC’s parent company, Disney, announced that they planned to investigate. She resigned before they could and checked herself into an in-patient treatment center in Arizona. Now, nine months later, Elisabeth has finally fessed up to all her bullshit in an interview with The Ankler. Spoiler alert: she did it for the attention.
I’ve heard of velvet handcuffs and golden handcuffs, but the platinum bracelets ABC and Shonda Rhimes slapped on Grey’s Anatomy’s titular star, Ellen Pomeo, must have been so weighed down with diamonds she finally had to chew her own hand off to escape. Deadline reports that Ellen is finally stepping away from the spotlight after 19 seasons as a “full-time cast member” but promises she’ll “definitely be back to visit.” This is good because she’s going to probably need to have somebody take a look at that severed hand of hers so she can be refitted for a lovely pair of diamond-encrusted Special Guest Appearance By/Executive Producer handcuffs.
Netflix’s Inventing Anna is all about how Anna “Delvey” Sorokin pretended to be a German heiress and fooled a bunch of powerful people, banks, and others into thinking she had a $60 million trust fund and was going to open a huge Manhattan social club. That obviously didn’t happen, and what did happen was she scammed her friends, banks, and luxury hotels. Anna ended up in prison over it and then found herself in ICE custody. Now her lawyer says he can’t get in touch with her and believes that she’s in the process of being deported. Or maybe she just escaped ICE detention by slipping out an air vent? Maybe Anna is an escape artist as well as a scam artist? Probably not, though.
Since Regé-Jean Page’s buttcheeks won’t even get out of bed for $50,000 per episode, season two of Shonda Rhimes’ Netflix hit Bridgerton contains exactly zero scoops of The Duke of Hastings’ pudding. Instead, the second season will focus on Lord Anthony Bridgerton’s butt, or bar(r)ing that, his wet torso at the very least. Jonathan Bailey’s Anthony Bridgerton returns as Netflix’s most eligible bachelor if we don’t count* Kanye or Shake from Love is Blind 2. *we don’t
After winning an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2007 for her role in Grey’s Anatomy, Katherine Heigl was abruptly out of the show, thanks to a professional reputation of being “difficult.” She was eventually relegated to the likes of hacky B-movie comedies, the USA network, and kitty litter commercials. One of the things that made Katherine Heigl “difficult” was that she talked shit about Grey’s like how the writing wasn’t worthy of her submitting herself for an Emmy and the long work hours. Well, right at this very minute, there’s currently a potential strike on the horizon organized by members of IATSE, the union representing entertainment industry crew members. IATSE is trying to negotiate a new deal that would create safer, healthier work environments. And guess what, one of the major complaints from IATSE members is the unreasonably long hours they’re expected to work on set. Now Katherine is coming forward like, “A-HA! Turns out I wasn’t such a demanding difficult bitch now, was I??”
There’s an upcoming book about the behind-the-scenes drama of Grey’s Anatomy, entitled, How to Save a Life: The Inside Story of Grey’s Anatomy. It’s written by Entertainment Weekly’s Lynette Rice, and there’s already talk (in this very post) that she’ll sweep the Pulitzers, the Booker Prizes, and the Gossipy Biotch Awards. Sorry, super-serious authors of ~literature~, this ain’t your year!
The book spills tea about Patrick Dempsey’s 2015 exit from the show. There have always been rumors that Dr. McDreamy got killed off cuz Patrick was a diva and Shonda Rimes hated him. But now we have actual confirmation from executive producer James D. Parriott, who was brought back to the series to oversee Patrick’s exit. James says that Patrick got fired due to non-sexual “HR issues.” Apparently, he was terrorizing the set, and “some cast members had all sorts of PTSD with him.” James adds that Shonda and Patrick were at each other’s throats, Ellen Pompeo was frustrated over his constant complaining about long hours, and he “didn’t like the inconvenience of coming in every day and working.” Bitch, welcome to the club! Continue reading