'The Simpsons' Pays Touching Tribute To Marcia Wallace, Edna Krabappel
"The Simpsons" had a sweet tribute to actress Marcia Wallace during its opening credits.
Ahead of Sunday night's new episode, "Four Regrettings and a Funeral," the classic chalkboard sequence had Bart Simpson writing one sentence -- but this time it wasn't repeated.
"We'll really miss you Mrs. K.," he wrote. Wallace, who died late last month, voiced teacher Edna Krabappel on Fox's long-running animated hit.
"Simpsons" executive producer Al Jean said while they are retiring the long-running character, Wallace had already finished a year's worth of episodes recorded when she passed away.
Originally, Fox planned to honor Wallace by re-airing “Bart the Lover,” the season 3 episode which landed Wallace her first and only Emmy Award, according to Entertainment Weekly. But “technical issues” ultimately prevented the network from playing the episode. It was replaced with “The Ned-Liest Catch,” the 2011 season finale in which Wallace’s Mrs. Krabappel begins dating widower Ned Flanders.
This upcoming season will include a "Simpsons"/"Futurama" cross-over, a Comic Book Guy wedding performed by Stan Lee and Elisabeth Moss of "Mad Men" guest starring as a woman who gives birth in an elevator.