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article imageFormer Saturday Night Live star to return as announcer

By Nathan Salant     Sep 19, 2014 in Entertainment
New York City - Comedian Darrell Hammond, the former Saturday Night Live cast member best known for his celebrity impersonations, will take over as the show's announcer this month.
NBC Television said this week that Hammond, perhaps best known for his impersonation of former President Bill Clinton in the late 1990s and early 2000s, will replace the show's announcer for 38 years, the legendary Don Pardo, who died in August.
The show's executive producer, Lorne Michaels, said Hammond was the perfect choice to replace Pardo because the impressionist had done it before when the announcer had laryngitis, according to the USA Today newspaper.
“I just knew it wouldn’t be anybody who sounded like Don or replicated him,” Michaels told the newspaper.
“It can’t be what it was, but it could sort of be in the same tradition," he said.
Hammond told USA Today that he welcomed the opportunity to replace the legendary Pardo, who had previously announced for "The Price is Right", "Jeopardy", and other game shows, and for "NBC Nightly News".
“I sat in for Don when he had laryngitis several times over the years,” Hammond told the newspaper.
“When he passed, they wanted me; it felt right for me to be the one to replace him," he said.
Michaels, the show's creator and original producer, also said he would enjoy working again with Hammond, who appeared on Saturday Night Live from 1995 to 2009, the longest tenure in the show's 40-year history.
"It will be nice to have Darrell around," Michaels said.
"He understands the show and will probably be helpful in ways we haven’t yet figured out," he said.
Hammond is expected to be in the announcer's booth when Saturday Night Live begins its 40th season on Sept. 27.
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