The Mentalist's Amanda Righetti Expecting First Child - Is Van Pelt Preggers Too?

Amanda Righetti The MentalistDoes Van Pelt have a bun in the oven?

The Mentalist‘s Amanda Righetti is expecting her first child this spring with husband Jordan Alan, which has prompted the usual speculation about her character’s future as a mom.

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TVLine can exclusively confirm that art will not imitate life in this case. Van Pelt will not be pregnant, and the show will shoot around Righetti’s baby bump.

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It makes sense, considering the detective isn’t currently involved with anyone on the show. (But we were kinda hoping the littlest member of the Serious Crime team would be proof that Van Pelt and Rigsby’s against-the-rules relationship continued in secret — even from viewers.)

The Mentalist returns to CBS for Season 5 on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 10/9c.