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“SNL” Cast Members And Alumni Remember Announcer Don Pardo

Saturday nights will never be the same.

1. On Monday night, news broke that longtime Saturday Night Live announcer Don Pardo died at the age of 96.

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2. Shortly after, those who had been lucky enough to work with Pardo (and to hear him announce their names), started tweeting in his honor.

 

3. Current cast members mourned.

On Sept 13th 2008 I heard Don Pardo say my name for the first time. I cried until the 16th. Thanks Don. I owe you a coffee.

— Bobby Moynihan (@bibbymoynihan)

7. So did the writers.

I would be lying if I said I didn't dream of hearing him say my name one day. Goodbye, Don Pardo.

— Katie Rich (@katiemaryrich)

St. Peter is probably keeping Don Pardo at the gates, making him say "Saint Peter" over and over.

— Alex Baze (@bazecraze)

So sad to hear about Don Pardo. He'll be missed. Every time I heard his voice growing up, I knew my very favorite thing was about to start.

— Chris Kelly (@imchriskelly)

God bless Don Pardo's sweet and legendary voice and soul. He will be deeply missed.

— Paula Pell (@perlapell)

11. And those in the music department.

@TheColinJost My 1st year at SNL, I entered elevator to hear Don recommend a tuna sandwich. Never has tuna sounded more important #DonPardo

— Martin Brumbach (@mbbach)

12. And producers.

It was surreal talking to Don Pardo & hearing his voice in person. He was kind & always game to read whatever ridiculousness we asked him to

— Scott Weinstein (@WeinsteinScott)

13. Staffers who’d recently left the show also shared kind words about Pardo.

Goodbye Don Pardo. You worked from World War II until this May. You were cool as hell. I'm very lucky I got to talk to you those few times.

— John Mulaney (@mulaney)

RIP Don Pardo. A voice that meant so much. http://t.co/X4q9TeHVbO

— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers)

15. And some older alumni as well.

The greatest sound I ever heard was the voice of #DonPardo You will be missed. #SNL #ItsSaturdayNightLive #Legend

— Chris Kattan (@ChrisKattan)

.#RIPDonPardo - a model of talent, discipline and craftsmanship - your assuring voice will truly be missed

— Ana Gasteyer (@AnaGasteyer)

Don Pardo was a lovely gentleman.

— Dennis Miller Show (@DennisDMZ)

RIP Don Pardo. A sweet sweet man.

— Rachel Dratch (@TheRealDratch)

Any SNL actor will tell u:the ultimate moment of your career was hearing Don Pardo say your name. Each week he represented a dream come true

— Rachel Dratch (@TheRealDratch)

For most of my 22 SNL years, Pardo did the announce live from a booth under the seats, swinging his arms like a conductor & giving it life.

— Mike Shoemaker (@shoemakermike)

RIP Don Pardo. God got his voice back.

— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker)

I got to meet Don Pardo when I was an intern on SNL. Even waiting in line for ice cream he sounded like the King of Earth. I think he was.

— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker)

23. RIP Don Pardo. Thanks for 60 years of Saturday nights.

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