"I didn't expect something like this," Hammond said "But it feels real good"

By Alex Heigl
Updated September 18, 2014 11:35 AM
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Don Pardo, the legendarily resonant Saturday Night Live announcer, died in August at the age of 96, leaving the voice-over seat for the show empty.

Thursday, NBC released a statement confirming that former cast member Darrell Hammond, responsible for iconic impressions like Bill Clinton and Sean Connery, will be taking over the role of announcer beginning Sept. 27.

Hammond, who left the show in 2009 after a 14-year tenure (the longest of any cast member), frequently stood in for Pardo when the regular announcer was sick.

“I sat in for Don when he had laryngitis several times over the years,” Hammond told USA Today. “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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