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Don Pardo, the iconic radio and television announcer who has been a fixture on "Saturday Night Live" since its inception - he was replaced for one season, and missed one taping because of a hip injury - has passed away, at age 96. Over the past few years he has lived in Arizona, but would tape his introductions there to be used on the New York-based late night show.

Variety this morning quotes "SNL" creator Lorne Michaels as saying, “I won’t let him quit. He’s long past retirement, but I won’t acknowledge it. I can’t imagine the show without him -- and as long as he’s there, I stay young."
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