Sad Simpsons Moment Pays Tribute To Deceased Cast Member
Long-running animated comedy The Simpsons had a rare serious moment on Sunday, when the opening credits paid tribute to the passing of a cast member. Marcia Wallace, who voiced Bart Simpson’s fourth grade teacher Edna Krabappel, died at her home on Oct. 25 at age 70.
The opening credits, which often show Bart repeatedly writing something humorous on the blackboard at school as punishment for some infraction, instead showed Bart standing glumly in the empty classroom. On the blackboard was the single line, “We’ll really miss you Mrs. K.”
Before the new episode, Fox aired a Simpsons re-run from 2011 that prominently featured Wallace. “The Ned-liest Catch” was the season finale, and follows Edna’s suspension from teaching and romantic involvement with Ned Flanders.
Wallace’s voice ultimately appeared in 177 episodes of the series. She won an Emmy for her work on the episode “Bart the Lover.” Wallace was also well-known as the receptionist on The Bob Newhart Show.
Producers of The Simpsons have announced that the character of Edna Krabappel will be retired from the show.
This isn’t the first time The Simpsons have had to deal with the death of a cast member. When Phil Hartman was shot and killed in 1998, producers dedicated the final episode Hartman appeared in- “Bart the Mother”- to Hartman. A post-credit screen on that broadcast showed Hartman’s most famous characters, washed-up movie star Troy McClure and shoddy lawyer Lionel Hutz. Hartman’s characters were also retired.