Kerry Washington’s Pregnancy Will Not be Featured on Scandal Season Three

Kerry Washington

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Scandal fans take note—ABC recently cut 4 episodes from season 3’s line-up. The original season plan included 22 episodes, but with star Kerry Washington’s recent pregnancy announcement, there’s speculation that those final four episodes coincide too closely with Kerry’s delivery date.

Kerry Washington portrays Scandal’s Olivia Pope, the wildly popular and stylish crisis management expert both critics and fans adore. Kerry is an Emmy-nominated actress who married NFL player Nnamdi Asomugha in June 2013. She first announced her  pregnancy at the end of October.

Shonda Rhimes (creator of Scandal and other successful television shows like Grey’s Anatomy) and her team have decided not to integrate Kerry’s real-life pregnancy into her character Olivia’s storyline.

Scandal’s costume department will have to take advantage of trench coats and looser blouses to accommodate Kerry’s pregnancy while filming. Season two of Scandal ends May 16th, 2013 (we’re approaching the mid-season break now!) so filming schedules will undoubtedly be changed to fast-track new episodes while Washington is still in the early stages of her pregnancy.

Fans will be sure to enjoy Scandal’s third season, even if it means less episodes. Who knows? Shonda Rhimes and co. will probably amplify the drama and suspense in the next 18 episodes to keep us on the edge of our seats!