Finch allegedly took great strides to appear ill in front of her colleagues, with an unnamed former colleague telling The Ankler that the writer was a co-worker “who lost her hair, whose skin was yellow and green, who had a visible chemo port bandage, who regularly took breaks to vomit, who only ate saltines for long periods of time and who wrote and talked about her experiences all the time.”
In addition to pretending she had cancer, Finch also told colleagues in 2019 that her brother died of suicide, The Ankler reported. In reality, the outlet said, he is alive, and living in Florida.
But amid her guilt over lying to her co-workers, Finch shared that she missed her fellow writers on the series.
“One of the things that makes it so hard,” she admitted, “is that they did rally around a false narrative that I gave.”
And she hopes taking accountability can one day help mend some of the broken relationships brought on by her lies.
“I could only hope that the work that I’ve done will allow me back into those relationships,” Finch explained, “where I can say, ‘OK, I did this, I hurt a lot of people and I’m also going to work my f–king ass off because this is where I want to be and I know what it’s like to lose everything.'”