A commenter mentioned this, and like him I had no idea:
Producers of “The Simpsons” announced on Saturday that the Edna Krabappel (pronounced crah-BOP-ull) character, who had found happiness in recent seasons with the Simpson family’s neighbor Ned Flanders, would be retired from the series. Ms. Krabappel, whose trademark “Ha!” punctuated her frequent wisecracks, also had a long, frustrating relationship with Principal Skinner
1. Yikes, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen a new episode and 2. It seems as if my choice has been vindicated.