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Why did the creators/screenwriters of The Simpsons decide that Maude Flanders had to die?

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Because the actress that voiced her, Maggie Roswell, had a pay dispute with Fox which ended with her quitting. A different actress was hired to voice the other more minor characters she originally voiced until the dispute ended a few years later.

The dispute is discussed in detail at the above wiki link (and other sites).

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    I find it interesting they killed off Maude, and found a replacement for her other characters in the meantime. Really wonder why the actress that filled in for the others couldn't do Maude as well, or why they couldn't find another voice actress to do Maude. – MattD Apr 5 '15 at 4:13
  • @MattD: I don't think anyone else sounds very much like Maggie Roswell; I think the producers felt that having Maude Flanders' voice change for no apparent reason would be unacceptably distracting, but they could minimize the usage of other characters voiced by Maggie Rockwell and accept the voice mismatch in cases where it would be unavoidable (killing off all the characters voiced by Maggie Roswell would probably have stretched credulity). – supercat Jun 21 '15 at 23:16
  • And killing a character is a good way to make some headlines for a show. – BCdotWEB Mar 24 '16 at 12:11
  • They should have just given her a throat disease to explain the change in voice. But no, they have to kick poor Ned. Actually, the writers and producers probably felt it was a good excuse to give Ned the spotlight instead of him being just a joke. – John Sensebe Mar 24 '16 at 14:23
  • It kinda feels like a warning to the other voice actors. – stu42j Nov 16 '18 at 2:44

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