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03/04/2013 09:11 am ET

Don Pardo, 'SNL' Announcer, Absent From Kevin Hart Episode Due To Injury (VIDEO)

If regular "Saturday Night Live" viewers thought that something seemed a bit off about the opening credits of this week's episode, their instinct was correct. Longtime announcer Don Pardo was absent from the show this week, TMZ reports.

Pardo, 95, was recovering from a broken hip. A Pardo imitator was used this week, but TMZ's sources claim that he will be back as the voice of "SNL" as soon as he is back in good health.

Watch the clip above to hear Pardo's replacement this week.

The use of a soundalike was particularly jarring for some viewers, as Pardo has announced "SNL" since the show launched in 1975, except for one troubled season in 1980-81. He has rarely missed a show in its 38 year history, although cast members Joe Piscopo and Darrell Hammond have stepped in for the veteran announcer when he had been unable to perform.

For the last three seasons, Pardo has recorded the show's opening credits from a home studio in Arizona, where he is spending his retirement.

Here's to a speedy recovery for Mr. Pardo.

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