Farewell to Mrs. Krabappel
The Simpsons bid a brief farewell to Edna Krabappel -but who will replace her as Bart's teacher?
The scene involved Ned Flanders fondly recalling his second wife, acknowledging he would miss her laugh.
“Unfortunately those were the only two lines that we had left that Marcia had recorded,” executive producer Al Jean tells EW. “People had conjectured that we might have an episode where we said farewell to her but we didn’t have the material from her. So we thought that the best way to say goodbye would be to use what we had in a brief scene that said how much we missed her.”
Jean confirms that “out of great respect” for Wallace, Bart’s teacher is being retired. “She wouldn’t be in a background, and obviously we don’t have any more vocals,” he says. “What we would never do is say, ‘Here’s Mrs. Krabappel,’ and voice it with someone else.”
So who will replace Mrs. Krabappel in the fourth-grade classroom? For the time being, no one. The rest of this season’s episodes — which already have been completed — do not involve Bart with his teacher. As for season 26, “we have some ideas,” says Jean. “It’s also possible both given the way the show works and the state of public schools there won’t be a permanent teacher. We can get some great guest stars here and there before we settle on somebody. We’re looking at it from different angles.”