Edna Krabappel: What Will Become of Character?By: Lacy Langley - October 27, 2013
The voice of “The Simpsons” sometimes overly-randy school teacher Edna Krabappel has died. Marcia Wallace died Friday at the age of 70 from complications stemming from a struggle with breast cancer, ending a long and hilarious run in the television business.
“The Simpsons” is still primed to go for, well, possibly forever. So, the question that demands an answer is this, What will become of the chain-smoking staple character Edna Krabappel, who has provided decades of laughs for the eternal show? Well, according to MSN, Ms. Edna Krabappel will be retired.
Here’s a little montage to remind you of the lovable Edna Krabappel:
This news was confirmed when executive Producer Al Jean said in a statement on Saturday, “I was tremendously saddened to learn this morning of the passing of the brilliant and gracious Marcia Wallace. She was beloved by all at ‘The Simpsons’ and we intend to retire her irreplaceable character.”
Ironically, this is reminiscent of a previous statement Jean made to the press that proves difficult for him in this current situation. In the lead-up to the show’s 25th season, Jean teased that an iconic character would be killed off, telling reporters that the actor playing the character won an Emmy for playing that character, which Wallace did in 1992. However, he said after Wallace’s death, that he was not referring to Mrs. Krabappel. That’s going to take some serious back-peddling.
“Marcia’s passing is unrelated and again, a terrible loss for all who had the pleasure of knowing her,” Jean said of his unfortunate previous statement. That’s some ill-timed joshing, right there.
“The Simpsons” is not the only show that has been graced with the talents of Marcia Wallace. She also spent six long seasons playing Bob Newhart’s silly receptionist on his classic, “The Bob Newhart Show”.
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