For the last 14 years, comedian Steve Rannazzisi claimed he was working at the World Trade Center on 9/11 and that he barely escaped when the first plane hit! Now, ‘The League’ star has admitted his story was all a big lie!
We’re stunned. The 9/11 attacks left an emotional scar on the country and those who lost loved ones in the terrorist attacks still mourn the loss. Steve Rannazzisi, 37, the comedian who stars in FX’s The League, said he was in World Trade Center when the first plane struck — but this story has been revealed to be completely false!
Why would he lie about this? Steve didn’t answer that question after he was confronted with evidence that revealed his sham. Steve said he was working for Merrill Lynch on the 54th floor of the South tower when the first plane collided with the North tower, reports The New York Times. He claimed he quickly got out of the building before the second plane struck, but the Times discovered evidence that undermined his story. He had no choice but to admit he’d been lying about it all this time!
“I was not at the Trade Center on that day,” Steve said in a statement. “I don’t know why I said this. This was inexcusable. I am truly, truly sorry.” The comedian admitted he had been working further up in Manhattan when the attacks took place and not for Merrill lynch, which has no record of him ever working for them. Merrill Lynch didn’t even have an office in either of the World Trade Towers!
In 2009, Steve told Marc Maron on an episode of WTF that he was an “account manager” and that when “the first tower got hit and we were like jostled all over the place.” Steve double-downed on this story on an episode of Sklarbro Country in 2011.
With his lie revealed, Steve tweeted his apology on Sept. 16. “For many years, more than anything, I have wished that, with silence, I could somehow erase a story told by an immature young man,” he wrote. “It only made me more ashamed.”
What’s next for Steve? He is the face of a Buffalo Wild Wings promotional campaign for the 2015 NFL season. Plus, his new one-hour comedy special, Breaking Dad is set to debut on Comedy Central on Sept. 19. Now that his lie has been revealed, his career might be up in the air. Buffalo Wild Wings said in a statement that they’re “currently re-evaluating our relationship” with Steve. Comedy Central said they’re “currently determining how we will more forward,” according to Deadline.
Why do you think Steve lied about being in the World Trade Center on 9/11, HollywoodLifers? Do you think this means his career is over?
— Jason Brow