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Darrell Hammond Replacing the Late Don Pardo as 'Saturday Night Live' Announcer

Darrell Hammond, Saturday Night Live‘s longest running cast member from 1995-2009, will be returning to the show as the official announcer after Don Pardo‘s tragic passing.

The 58-year-old comedian will officially announce the cast members names and introduce the show each week – Don had the job since for over 35 years but passed away over the summer.

“I just knew it wouldn’t be anybody who sounded like Don or replicated him,” the show’s longtime running man Lorne Michaels told USA Today. “It can’t be what it was, but it could sort of be in the same tradition. And it will be nice to have Darrell around. He understands the show and will probably be helpful in ways we haven’t yet figured out.”

On the show, Darrell was known for his impressions of Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, Sean Connery, and many more.

Don Pardo Dead - 'Saturday Night Live' Announcer Dies at 96

Don Pardo, the voice of Saturday Night Live, has died at the age of 96.

The Saturday Night Live announcer’s daughter Paula confirmed his death to CBS Radio. The cause of Don‘s death is currently unknown.

In March 2013, Don broke his hip and was forced to miss two episodes of the SNL season, but he was back to introducing the cast by September.

Don was the announcer for Saturday Night Live for 38 seasons and worked for NBC for almost 70 years, since the 1940s.

We send out our thoughts and condolences to Don‘s family during this difficult time.

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