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SNL Taps Darrell Hammond to Succeed Don Pardo as Announcer

Darrell Hammond SNL Announcer

Live from New York, it’s Darrell Hammond’s voice!

The Saturday Night Live alum has been tapped to succeed the late, legendary Don Pardo as the show’s official announcer, USA Today reports.

“I sat in for Don when he had laryngitis several times over the years,” Hammond told the paper. “He was a lovely person. When he passed, they wanted me; it felt right for me to be the one to replace him. It’s been a very improbable life; I didn’t expect something like this, but it feels real good.”

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According to exec producer Lorne Michaels, Hammond won’t be mimicking Pardo’s voice. “I just knew it wouldn’t be anybody who sounded like Don or replicated him,” Michaels said. “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.”

Pardo passed away on Aug. 18 at the age of 96.

SNL will kick off Season 40 on Sept. 27 with host Chris Pratt and musical guest Ariana Grande. They will be followed by Sarah Silverman and Maroon 5 (on Oct. 4) and Bill Hader and Hozier (Oct. 11).

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  1. JAO says:

    Excellent! Love Darrell!

  2. cdhaskell says:

    Good luck to Darrell Hammond when he replace the late Don Pardo. I am glad that SNL got someone that everyone know and love.

  3. Tran says:

    Steve Higgins would’ve been a good fit as the new announcer of SNL but I think Darrell Hammond is a great choice as the new voice of SNL now that the master impressionist is taking over the spot left by the passing of Don Pardo. In my opinion, Darrell Hammond was like the next Dana Carvey.

  4. kma says:

    Weekend update should be done by different cast members and guest each episode, that way it would seem like the updaters keep getting fired.

  5. Joey Padron says:

    Happy Darrell will be new announcer for the show.

  6. CJ says:

    Wow, that is fantastic! I wouldn’t have even thought of him to replace Pardo (which, let’s face it, no one can) but Darrell Hammond is a phenomenal choice for the job.

  7. PJ says:

    I think Hammond has been doing it at various times over the years when Pardo could not.

  8. He should use a different voice every week!

  9. Aprilcot says:

    This makes me so happy! As devastating as the loss of Pardo is for the SNL family, it’s great that they’re using another member to carry the torch. Darrell was my number one choice!

  10. Laura says:

    Love Darrell, but will miss him as an actor on SNL. He was one of the best.

  11. queerbec says:

    Who knows? Maybe the writers will use Hammond every so often in a sketch!

  12. dman6015 says:

    “…and will probably be helpful in ways we haven’t yet figured out.” Hillary is running for President. She’s married to this guy named Bill. Duh!

  13. Donal says:

    I think it’s great that a former cast member is selected to fill such big shoes. I’m excited about the Chris Pratt premiere, but that has just been eclipsed by Bill Hader being scheduled to host.

  14. Timot says:

    Darrell Hammond is a very good choice!

  15. katedfw says:

    As they said, no one can replace Don Pardo but this is a great choice for a replacement! Good Luck Darrell!

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