Don Pardo, the legendary NBC staff announcer, has been the Saturday Night Live voice for every season except one, since its debut in 1975.
So when Pardo, who turned 95 on February 22, is absent from the show, it’s news. He missed the February 16 broadcast, and the next live show, this past weekend.
TMZ reports that Pardo recently suffered a broken hip. The entertainment site says he’s recovering and “doing just fine.”
In an apparent attempt to keep Pardo’s injury hidden, his trademark opening credits were done by someone else in a poor version of a Pardo impression.
NBC has stayed quiet about Pardo’s condition and status with the show. FishbowlNY also attempted to reach Pardo directly.
Beginning two seasons ago, Pardo retired to Arizona, pre-recording the SNL work from his home studio.