Darrell Hammond Returning to ‘Saturday Night Live’ to Replace the Late Don Pardo as Announcer

Pratt on 'SNL'
Chris Pratt is set to kick off the 40th season of 'Saturday Night Live' as host.
Saturday Night Live is sticking with what it knows best.

USA Today is reporting that NBC has hired SNL alum Darrell Hammond to be the show’s new announcer — one month after the passing of the legendary Don Pardo, who held the post for all 39 seasons.

“I sat in for Don when he had laryngitis several times over the years,” Hammond tells the paper. “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.”

Hammond was an SNL regular for 14 seasons before wrapping things in 2009. He had more than 100 impersonations to his name, including of course Bill ClintonDonald Trump and Sean Connery.

Pardo, who had an epic 70-year career with NBC, died at the age of 96 in Tucson on Aug. 18.

Hammond, 58, will announce his first show — which will also include announcing Weekend Update  — when Saturday Night Live begins its 40th season on Sept. 27, with host Chris Pratt.

Yesterday, NBC announced the return of another alum: Bill Hader, who left the show in May 2013, will host the Oct. 11 episode.

[Lead photo courtesy of Pacific Coast News Online]