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Kerry Washington is going to be a regular on 'The Simpsons'

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Actress Kerry Washington is set to voice the part of Rayshelle Peyton, Bart Simpson’s fourth-grade teacher on the long-running animated sitcom ‘The Simpsons’.

Washingtons’ alter ego is a replacement for Mrs. Krabappel, who was voiced by the late Marcia Wallace until her death in 2013, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

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The ‘Scandal’ star told Entertainment Weekly: “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.”

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The show’s Emmy-winning co-executive producer Carolyn Omine created the part.

She said: “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.”

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Omine had been keen to get Washington on the show after being impressed by her comedic genius when she hosted ‘Saturday Night Live’ in 2013.

She said: “I had always known she was a super-talented actress who had great range, but just never knew she was funny. She had a lot of characters and just really great comic timing, and I was like, ‘We should really think of using her’.”

The actress made it known that she would like to voice black characters following a backlash, which saw white voice actor Hank Azaria quit portraying the parts of people of colour, including Apu Nahasapeemapetilon.

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