Darrell Hammond Named New SNL Announcer

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Darrell Hammond is the new “Saturday Night Live” announcer.

He replaces Don Pardo, the legend whose voice introduced “SNL” to viewers for decades.

Pardo died at 96 in August.

Hammond was an “SNL” cast member for 14 seasons, leaving the show in 2009.

He’d previously filled in when Pardo had laryngitis.

“He was a lovely person. When he passed, they wanted me; it felt right for me to be the one to replace him,” Hammond tells USA Today. “It’s been a very improbable life; I didn’t expect something like this, but it feels real good.”

“SNL” boss Lorne Michaels says Hammond will not simply impersonate Pardo in the role.

He explains, “I just knew it wouldn’t be anybody who sounded like Don or replicated him. 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.”

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