The Word: ‘The Simpsons’ pays sweet tribute to Marcia Wallace
“The Simpsons” paid tribute to a lost cast member in Sunday’s episode. The opening credits usually feature Bart Simpson writing some phrase over and over on a blackboard. On Sunday, he wrote, just once, “We’ll really miss you, Mrs. K.”
Mrs. K is, of course, Edna Krabappel, Bart’s elementary school teacher. Marcia Wallace, who voiced Mrs. Krabappel, passed away in October of complications from breast cancer. She was 70 years old.
Although Sunday’s episode was titled “Four Regrettings and a Funeral” and opened with said funeral, it wasn’t Mrs. Krabappel’s — because the show is finished so far in advance, it will be some time before the show deals with her exit. “Simpsons” producers have said, however, that Mrs. Krabappel will not be recast and that the character will instead be written off.
Marcia Wallace first came to prominence in the 1970s as Carol Kester, the receptionist on “The Bob Newhart Show.”
She later became a fixture of the long-running animated sitcom. Mrs. Krabappel was Bart Simpson’s world-weary teacher, known for her signature derisive laugh and for falling in love with man child Principal Seymour Skinner. By the 23rd season she had married another repressed type, Ned Flanders.