Producers behind hit Tv series Scandal have decided to reduce the number of episodes for the third season to accommodate lead actress Kerry Washington's pregnancy, according to a U.S. report.

The Django Unchained star is reportedly expecting her first child with husband Nnamdi Asomugha, and the show's costume designers are finding it harder to hide her pregnancy, according to

As a result, Tv executives will cut the season from 22 episodes to 18.

The popular series, starring Washington as a top political fixer, will return from its winter hiatus in February (14).