“The Simpsons” paid a very special tribute to a very special lady earlier this week after Marcia Wallace, who did voice work for Edna Krabappel, died at the age of 70. However, producers say that doesn’t mean we won’t be hearing any more from her.
Wallace–who passed away from complications of pneumonia on October 25–had already finished most of her lines for the current season, so her character won’t officially be retired from the show until either the end of this season or the beginning of the next one. Executive producer Al Jean said that there had actually been talk of retiring a character by having a death on the show, but it was totally unrelated to Wallace.
“I was tremendously saddened to learn this morning of the passing of the brilliant and gracious Marcia Wallace,” Jean said in a statement. “She was beloved by all at ‘The Simpsons’ and we intend to retire her irreplaceable character. Earlier we had discussed a potential storyline in which a character passed away. This was not Marcia’s Edna Krabappel. Marcia’s passing is unrelated and again, a terrible loss for all who had the pleasure of knowing her.”
“The Simpsons” tribute included a change to the infamous chalkboard scene during the show’s opening, wherein Bart stands forlornly in front of the words “We’ll really miss you Mrs. K.”