Kerry Washington Is Bart's New Teacher Ms. Peyton On "The Simpsons"

It was almost a decade ago that The Simpsons saw the loss of one of its most beloved characters, Mrs. Krabappel. The heavy-smoking teacher who was a thorn in Bart’s side was retired following the death of voice actress Marcia Wallace, and since that time, there hasn’t been another character introduced to fill that void—until now. This week, it was officially announced that Scandal icon Kerry Washington would be adding her name to the Simpsons cast by portraying Bart’s new teacher, Ms. Peyton.

“She’s a great teacher,” Washington told Entertainment Weekly. “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.”