Darrell Hammond will take over for Don Pardo as the voice of ‘Saturday Night Live’

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It seemed like the inevitable choice. When Don Pardo, the longtime voice of Saturday Night Live since the very beginning, passed away last month, speculation over his successor by and large pointed towards the one man who has professionally imitated Pardo in the past, former SNL cast member Darrell Hammond. Today NBC announced (via USA Today and the New York Times) that Hammond will, in fact, take over as the show’s new announcer.

Said SNL creator Lorne Michaels to NYT:

“There were a lot of sweet ideas about carrying on with Don somehow… Because everyone has a Pardo impression. But he had the greatest run and he’s a completely beloved figure. So I thought: Don’t turn this into something else. That period ended.”

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