Don Pardo, the legendary announcer who introduced Saturday Night Live for close to 40 years, died Monday night at age 96.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, NBC confirmed his death without providing any additional information.

Pardo joined SNL as an announcer for the show's first episode in 1975, missing only the seventh season and a handful of episodes last year when he broke his hip.

"Every year the new cast couldn't wait to hear their name said by him," Lorne Michaels told the New York Times.

The show celebrated his 90th birthday with a live tribute in 2008.

Pardo, who was also an announcer on The Price is Right and Jeopardy, began his career at NBC in 1944 when he and a friend toured the studio and left with a job offer.

Although he retired in 2004, he continued to record the SNL intros from his home in Arizona.

He is survived by three daughters, Dona, Katherine, and Paula; two sons, David and Michael, and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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