THE SIMPSONS Casts SCANDAL Star Kerry Washington As Bart's Permanent New Teacher

THE SIMPSONS Casts SCANDAL Star Kerry Washington As Bart's Permanent New Teacher

Nearly a decade after Mrs. Krabappel was retired, it looks like Bart Simpson is finally getting a new teacher this coming Sunday as The Simpsons has cast Kerry Washington to voice the brand new character.

By RohanPatel - Apr 21, 2022 02:04 PM EST
Filed Under: The Simpsons

Entertainment Weekly is reporting that The Simpsons has cast Primetime Emmy-winner Kerry Washington (ScandalLittle Fires Everywhere; Fantastic Four) in a recurring role as Rayshelle Peyton, who will serve as Bart Simpson's very thoughtful, highly capable, and rather unfiltered fourth-grade teacher.

The major casting announcement comes nearly a decade after Mrs. Edna Krabappel was officially retired in 2013, following the death of longtime cast member Marcia Wallace, who won an Emmy for the part in 1992. While the series has had special guest stars, including Spider-Man: No Way Home star Willem Dafoe, voice new teachers for Bart over the past few years, Washington's Peyton will be a permanent fixture on the long-running show moving forward. 

She'll make her debut in this coming Sunday's episode, titled "My Octopus and a Teacher." The synopsis reads, "Bart can't control his feelings when he gets a new teacher. Meanwhile, Lisa befriends an octopus."

Teasing the installment, co-executive producer Carolyn Omine says, "She's really good at figuring out what the kids need, but she can't really figure out what his problem is until he finally comes clean," while Washington adds, "She's a great teacher, but like all the best teachers, she knows that her students have just as much to teach her as she has to teach them. And teaching Bart is a job filled with growth opportunities."

This season, Peyton will only appear in Sunday's installment, but multiple appearances across Season 34 are already being planned, so expect to see a lot more of her in the fall.

Get your first look at Washington's new role in the following clip: 

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Nunyabiz - 4/21/2022, 2:02 PM
Hard to believe this show is still on. Have not watched it for years.
The1st - 4/21/2022, 2:04 PM
@Nunyabiz - Someone is, but yeah...the laws of physics work differently in this universe.
WWEsucks - 4/21/2022, 3:22 PM
@Nunyabiz - Same. Unless they do a unique one like the last episode I remember watching was that LEGO special episode. Maybe it was the Futurama crossover...🤔

I do hope the show continues to be around for many more years to come.
ModHaterSLADE - 4/21/2022, 2:04 PM
Haven't found the Simpson's to be that funny in years, but she was great on Scandal.
Kurban - 4/21/2022, 2:07 PM
The show needs to permanently retire.
dracula - 4/21/2022, 2:09 PM
@Kurban - should have ended at the movie and the movie should have come out sooner
dracula - 4/21/2022, 2:08 PM
she having a hard time finding work now?

Seems beneath her, considering Simpsons has been crap for most of its run
NegativeNerd - 4/21/2022, 2:55 PM
@dracula - hmmm I think she should join a superhero film.
dracula - 4/21/2022, 3:13 PM
@NegativeNerd - maybe Storm or Vixen
NegativeNerd - 4/21/2022, 3:26 PM
@dracula - I can see it.
SheepishOne - 4/21/2022, 2:12 PM
I like the idea of Bart getting a really optimistic teacher in denial of him being a hellspawn.
dracula - 4/21/2022, 2:12 PM
remember the good days
mastakilla39 - 4/21/2022, 2:13 PM
Brings me back memories of Miss Krabappel. Hopefully this gives the younger generation a good teacher character. RIP Marcia Wallace
bobevanz - 4/21/2022, 2:20 PM
It took them this long to find a replacement, aye carumba!
IronGenesis - 4/21/2022, 2:21 PM
Miss Krabappel Poking Bart with the ruler after he was mauled by the wolf! 😂
UnderBelly - 4/21/2022, 2:24 PM
I guess that's cool and all, but how long is Bart gona stay in the same class? Lol
RealTurner - 4/21/2022, 9:05 PM
@UnderBelly - Old Simpsons had Marge and Homer growing up in the 70s. A recent ep had them in High School doing a musical about Y2K. It's just something you have to ignore I'm afraid.
Twenty23Three - 4/21/2022, 2:28 PM
Just end the show. When the announce it’s finally going to end the final season will have the greatest numbers the shows seen in 20 years. Then make movies if they want. Just end it
GhostDog - 4/21/2022, 2:29 PM
Kill the show. This lowkey sacrilege lol
Razorface1 - 4/21/2022, 3:48 PM
@GhostDog - Why?
GhostDog - 4/21/2022, 7:29 PM
@Razorface1 - Did Miss Krabaple stay retired?
Razorface1 - 4/21/2022, 11:09 PM
@GhostDog - ??
I guess? I'm not sure what you are asking.
AmazingFILMporg - 4/21/2022, 2:29 PM
Hope it's great.
TheWalkingCuban - 4/21/2022, 2:33 PM
I quit watching em in the 2000’s but I see the colors pop really nicely off the screen now
Crtdacct2say - 4/21/2022, 2:39 PM
vegetaray - 4/21/2022, 2:42 PM
“Bart’s teacher is named Krabappel ?!? I’ve been calling her Krandell…” 😂
grif - 4/21/2022, 2:55 PM
JFerguson - 4/21/2022, 3:03 PM
Whose the audience for this show nowadays? seems restrained and unfunny.
Lokiwasright - 4/21/2022, 3:10 PM
Race bait click.

This has nothing to do with comicbooks or superheroes.

Razorface1 - 4/21/2022, 3:49 PM
@Lokiwasright - Took me surprisingly long enough to see someone complaining about race, but here we are.
MitcHendricks - 4/21/2022, 3:19 PM
Trash person who's a trash actress gets hired by a trash show owned by a trash company.
TheMapleSyrup - 4/21/2022, 3:47 PM
Hard shoes to fill. Mrs Krabappel was an icon of the show. If she's funny, great, if not, then bummer.
Krav - 4/21/2022, 4:23 PM
family guy >>>>
The72nd - 4/21/2022, 7:12 PM
@Krav - Both shows are WAY past their prime and I don’t hate family guy or anything but seasons 3-10 of the Simpsons are better than anything McFarlane has ever put out imo
Scarilian - 4/21/2022, 4:49 PM
No... just no, the clip does not work.

You wanted to show her as smart and intelligent. She identifies one as an over-achiever, she identifies another parental issues. It should have been more than obvious that the glue was a mistake and that Bart is trying to fit in with people using comedy as a method.

If you wanted to subvert expectations, then it'd have been better to have her realize instantly and Bart develops a fondness for this teacher. That way you can tell a much more interesting story, Bart doing better at school because he's got a teacher who understands him - how would the class react, how would his family react, etc... they have done before, but it'd be more interesting than a teacher taking an episode or so to realize Bart's issues.

Older simpsons handled it better.
rychlec - 4/21/2022, 4:50 PM
Good for Kerry!
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