Comedian Steve Rannazzisi, one of the stars of the popular television show, “The League,” has admitted that he lied about escaping the World Trade Center during the September 11 attacks.
The 37-year-old actor had previously described working at Merrill Lynch on the 54th floor of the south tower when the first plane hit the north tower. In an interview with comedian Marc Maron in December of 2009, Rannazzisi said, “I was there and then the first tower got hit and we were like jostled all over the place.”
He claimed that he fled to the streets minutes before the second plane hit his building. The experience impacted him so much that he decided to leave his New York desk job and move to Los Angeles to pursue an entertainment career.
Rannazzisi was confronted this week after evidence was found challenging his account. According to the New York Times, he was working in Midtown that day and Merrill Lynch did not employ him nor did they have offices in either tower.
The comedian’s confession may affect his relationship with networks and sponsors including Buffalo Wild Wings, which has featured him in ad campaigns. In a statement to the New York Times the sports-bar chain said, “We are disappointed to learn of Steve’s misrepresentations regarding the events of September 11, 2001. We are currently re-evaluating our relationship with Steve pending a review of all the facts.”
Rannazzisi’s special “Breaking Dad” was also slated to air Saturday on Comedy Central. The network released a statement to Variety saying, “We just learned about this last night. We are very disappointed to hear about Steve’s misrepresentations and are currently determining how we will move forward”.
On Wednesday Rannazzisi said in a tweet, “I was not at the Trade Center on that day. I don’t know why I said this. This was inexcusable. I am truly, truly sorry.”