Steve Rannazzisi, the star of FX’s “The League,” has come clean about the stories he’s been telling for years about escaping the World Trade Center on 9/11. Here’s the truth, finally: He wasn’t there.
The New York Times was the first to question his story, which began in 2009 when Rannazzisi told a reporter: “I was there and then the first tower got hit and we were like jostled all over the place.”
At the time he claimed that he was working for Merrill Lynch on the 54th floor. In later years he said he was outside the building when the plane hit.
The truth? He wasn’t even there at all. He was working in Midtown.
Rannazzisi, a Long Island native, had often said that he moved to Los Angeles to follow his dreams of working in entertainment because of 9/11.
When the Times called his story into question after the 14th anniversary of the tragedy last week, Rannazzisi ‘fessed up about his story on Wednesday through a statement and on Twitter.
“I was not at the Trade Center on that day,” he said in a statement from his publicist, Matthew Labov. “I don’t know why I said this. This was inexcusable. I am truly, truly sorry.”
The confession could cost Rannazzisi his celebrity spokesman work with Buffalo Wild Wings. The company issued its own statement on Wednesday.
“We are disappointed to learn of Steve’s misrepresentations regarding the events of September 11, 2001,” Buffalo Wild Wings said in a statement. “We are currently re-evaluating our relationship with Steve pending a review of all the facts.”
Comedy Central is rethinking its relationship with the comedian as well. His
second standup special, “Breaking Dad,” is scheduled to air on Saturday.
“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,” Comedy Central told Variety.
Here is Rannazzisi’s Twitter confession.