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Early yesterday morning in New York City, Jan Hooks died after a battle with an unknown serious illness.

She was 57 years old.

Not long after the tragic news broke, a number of celebrities took to Twitter to mourn and remember the star, who played a major role on Saturday Night Live from 1986-1991.

Here's a rundown of their sad thoughts...

Dane Cook: If you never saw Jan Hooks The Sweeney Sisters sketch search'em & watch her great singing/comedic timing.

Tony Hale: So so gifted. RIP Jan Hooks.

Colin Hanks: Jan Hooks always made me laugh. always.

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Jan Hooks, a Saturday Night Live cast member from 1986-1991, passed away today after a long battle with a serious illness. She was 57 years old.

Sources confirm that Hooks, who most recently guest-starred on 30 Rock as Jenna Maroney’s mother, passed away in New York City.

The precise cause of death is unknown at this time.

Hooks appeared on the iconic sketch comedy program opposite Chris Farley, Mike Myers, Phil Hartman, Dana Carvey and Dennis Miller, among others.

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Ariana Grande performed for the first time on the Saturday Night Live season opener this weekend, and the rising pop star lived up to the considerable hype.

While the recent deluge of Ariana Grande diva rumors remains in dispute, what there's no argument about is that the young woman has serious talent.

Her looks don't hurt her popularity, either. Just saying.

The 21-year-old joined guest host Chris Pratt on SNL, and the up-and-coming princess of pop more than held her own with the prince of comedy.

Ariana started her first performance, of her hit single "Break Free," atop a piano, kicking off the song on a mellow note before picking up the pace.

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First, Stefon.

Now, DeAndre Cole.

Sources have confirmed to TMZ and a number of other insiders that Kenan Thompson will depart Saturday Night Live at the conclusion of the upcoming season, which marks 40 years of this beloved sketch show being on the air.

Kenan Thompson on SNL

The performer reportedly wanted to leave this spring, but was convinced to stay by producer Lorne Michaels, who cited the show's recent turnover (Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig and Jason Sudeikis all left in 2013) in talking Thompson into another season.

He's been with Saturday Night Live since 2003.

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If you've ever seen Saturday Night Live's Nasim Pedrad impersonate Kim Kardashian then you know that she not only perfectly mimics Kim's nasal, valley girl voice, she also captures the airheaded essence that we've all come to know and unsuccessfully try to ignore over the years.

But for as much time as she spends in front of cameras, Kim is apparently oblivious to her own walk and talk.

When Kim crossed paths with Pedrad before she left the SNL cast earlier this year, Mrs. West apparently had just one question - "I'm not really like that, am I?!"

Even though anyone who's ever seen the Kim Kardashian sex tape can close their eyes and hear Kim's shrill, ear-piercing squeals of pleasure, Nasim assured her that, no, the voice was just exaggerated for the sake of comedy.

Awfully nice of her, but come on! If no one ever says anything she's just gonna go right on talking like that!

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With all the shakeups at Saturday Night Live recently, and a 40th-season cast that's made up almost entirely of unknown up-and-comers, it's difficult to remember that there was a time when Studio 8H was populated by the biggest names in comedy

At one point the likes of Mike Myers, Chris Rock, Phil Hartman, and David Spade all shared screen time on the iconic late night sketch fest.

But despite opening credits that read like a who's-who of the early '90s comedy world, Adam Sandler and Chris Farley may have been the cast's biggest breakout stars.

  • Adam Sandler SNL
  • Chris Farley SNL

That's why the revelation made by Sandler in a recent interview with The Daily Beast is nothing short of astonishing:

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Saturday Night Live has selected the man who will (Star) lord over its upcoming season premiere.

NBC announced today that Chris Pratt will host the 40th season opener of this iconic sketch comedy program, with Ariana Grande serving as musical guest.

The episode will air on September 27.

  • Chris Pratt Image
  • Ariana Grande Dancing

Then, a week later, Sarah Silverman will take the emceeing stage for the first time, welcoming Adam Levine and Maroon 5 as her show's musical guest.

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These hoes may not be loyal, but Saturday Night Live and Dancing With The Stars are sticking by Chris Brown, who will reportedly perform on both shows this fall.

T H U G

The singer's sixth studio album X is set for a September 16 release, and Brown is already lining up a full promotional schedule to push the crap out of the thing.

“In support and promotion for X, Chris will be doing the typical promotional slate to get the word out that the album is coming," says an insider.

"That will include appearances and performances on both SNL and DWTS."

“Everyone is very excited for this to happen and Chris really wants to make all of his appearances very memorable. Should be a very fun time.”

Whether that's true remains to be seen, but at least he's focused on music.

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Don Pardo, the voice behind Saturday Night Live for 38 seasons, passed away on Monday, according to his daughter.

He was 96 years old.

Don Pardo for SNL

Pardo broke into broadcasting at a small radio station in Providence, Rhode Island and moved to New York City in 1944 to begin his six-decade tenure as a staff announcer at NBC.

You may not know his face, but you’ve heard his voice:

Transitioning to television, Pardo announced for such shows as Jeopardy!, The Kate Smith Evening Hour, NBC Nightly News, The Price Is Right, Three on a Match and Winning Streak.

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The Saturday Night Live shakeup continues.

A day after Brooks Wheelan confirmed via Twitter that he's been let go from the iconic sketch comedy show, sources confirm to Deadline that Noël Wells and John Milhiser are also on the way out.

Just like Wheelan, these two cast members joined SNL in September 2013.

Wells and Milhiser

Milhiser scarcely received any screen time throughout his one-season run, though he did impress with impressions of Jon Cryer and Matthew McConaughey.

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