Darrell Hammond, the longest running cast member from 1995-2009, has been chosen to replace Don Pardo, the legendary “Saturday Night Live” announcer.
Pardo, who died in August at age 96, has been with “SNL” since the very first episode aired in 1975.
At times when he wasn’t able to announce due to health reasons, Hammond, who was known for his impressions (especially of Bill Clinton), stepped in and read the introductions in Pardo’s voice.
“There were a lot of sweet ideas about carrying on with Don somehow,” Lorne Michaels told the New York Times. “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.”