Kerry Washington Jokes That She Told 'Scandal' Creator Shonda Rhimes She Was Pregnant Before Her Parents

by Meredith B. Kile 10:05 PM PDT, May 12, 2016
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Scandal star Kerry Washington and Shonda Rhimes joined Jimmy Kimmel on Thursday night to talk all things T.G.I.T., including how the show plans to work around Washington’s recently-announced pregnancy.

“Who do you call first, your parents or Shonda, when you find out that you’re pregnant?” Kimmel asked the 39-year-old actress, who is expecting her second child with husband Nnamdi Asomugha.

“My parents don’t want me to answer that,” Washington replied with a laugh.

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Despite the production difficulties that a TV actress’ pregnancy can present -- for Washington’s first child, the show chose to strategically mask her growing baby bump rather than write it into the storyline, with sometimes hilarious results -- Rhimes told Kimmel that she’s thrilled about Washington’s happy news.

“I get really, really excited,” Rhimes admitted. “I like babies a lot.”

The T.G.I.T. head honcho said that there is “absolutely” a plan for the pregnancy in Scandal’s upcoming sixth season, but remained tight-lipped about whether or not Washington’s character, D.C. “fixer” Olivia Pope, will be pregnant on the show.

“I’m not going to tell you,” the producer deadpanned as Kimmel tried to pry for details. “I’m saying nothing.”

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Washington and Rhimes both attended the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in April, and laughed with the late night host about getting the inside scoop on dirty politics from real-life D.C. players.

“People are more than happy to share,” Washington revealed. “Because everybody wants their life to be a plotline on the show.

“They trust me with that...they tell me these secrets,” she added with a laugh. “Sometimes I’m like, ‘You should call somebody about that. Not me.’”

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