The new all-female Ghostbusters cast was announced yesterday, as director Paul Feig confirmed a reunion with his Bridesmaids costars Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy, who will also be joined by current Saturday Night Live cast mates Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. The news caused a wave of mixed reactions, with a lot of longtime fans hating this lineup. One person who actually loves these new Ghostbusters is co-creator and star of the original franchise Dan Aykroyd.

THR reached out to Aykroyd, who has been one of the loudest champions of a new sequel, attempting to get it off the ground since the 90s. They asked for his reaction, and they got quite a nice one, which finds the former SNL icon heaping praise upon these ladies while giving a shoutout to his own Aykroyd family name:

The Aykroyd family is delighted by this inheritance of the Ghostbusters torch by these most magnificent women in comedy. My great grandfather, Dr. Sam Aykroyd, the original Ghostbuster, was a man who empowered women in his day and this is a beautiful development in the legacy of our family business.

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Dan Aykroyd's great grandfather Sam Aykroyd was an actual paranormal investigator, who's life is recounted in Dan's father Peter Aykroyd's book 'A History of Ghosts: The True Story of Séances, Mediums, Ghosts, and Ghostbusters'. While the actor has a huge personal investment in the movie, it has not yet been revealed if he will actually have a cameo. One thing is for certain, Dan Aykroyd will not be strapping on a proton pack to reprise his role as Dr. Raymond Stantz, as the 2016 Ghostbusters is a complete reboot.

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