Veteran television announcer Don Pardo was forced to miss his usual ‘SNL’ intro announcement this week because he broke his hip.
Pardo, 95, has introduced ‘Saturday Night Live’ during all but one season since 1975. His was the first voice ever heard during the premiere show when he uttered “Live from New York…”
Don was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2010 and suggested at that time that he wouldn’t be returning for another season.
NBC couldn’t let that stand and made arrangement thereafter for Pardo to pre-record his weekly announcements from his home in Arizona.
The iconic voice-over celeb had a long association as the game show announcer for ‘The Price is Right’ and ‘Jeopardy!’. He also made history in 1963 as the on-duty live booth announcer for NBC in New York who was first to announce that President John F. Kennedy had been shot in Dallas.
According to TMZ, he is “doing just fine.”
Check out an interview where DP talked about his storied radio and television career:
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