Producers of The Simpsons have paid tribute to Marcia Wallace, who voiced teacher Edna Krabappel, with a special farewell message scrawled on the famous class blackboard by her most troublesome pupil, Bart Simpson.
Actress Wallace died last month aged 70.
In the opening sequence of Sunday night’s episode, rather than his usual punishment lines, Bart writes: ‘‘We’ll really miss you Mrs. K” on the blackboard.
Following her death the show’s executive producer Al Jean described Wallace as “brilliant and gracious…beloved by all at The Simpsons” and went on to confirm that “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” he said, “Marcia’s passing is unrelated and again, a terrible loss for all who had the pleasure of knowing her.”
The comedic actress first found fame as Carol Kester in the 1970s sitcom The Bob Newahart Show, and was also a regular game show panelist.
However it was as the voice of Springfield Elementary’s long-suffering teacher Edna Krabappel, known for her barking laugh, that she really shone – appearing in more than 150 episodes and winning an Emmy Award for the role in 1992.