Buffalo Wild Wings Pulls Steve Rannazzisi Ads Following the Disclosure of His …

18 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Ad Pulled After ‘League’ Star’s 9/11 Lie.

NEW YORK – Buffalo Wild Wings will stop airing TV commercials featuring comedian Steve Rannazzisi, who said this week that he lied about being in the World Trade Center during the Sept. 11 attacks. “Upon careful review, we have decided to discontinue airing our current television commercials featuring Steve Rannazzisi,” the Minneapolis company said in a statement Thursday. The 37-year-old apologized on Wednesday after the New York Times confronted him with evidence that his story of working at Merrill Lynch’s offices in the South Tower when the North Tower was hit was false. “As a young man, I made a mistake that I deeply regret and for which apologies may still not be enough,” he said Wednesday. Officials at Comedy Central said Thursday they were still pondering whether to spike a Rannazzisi stand-up comedy special set to air Saturday night on the network. The actor had previously attributed part of his success to decisions he made after the life-changing experience of narrowly escaping the terror attacks. It is a giant blow for the restaurant chain, who had planned to use the actor in their new commercials which had just begun airing for the football season.

The paper reached out to the actor after they could find no evidence that he had ever worked at Merrill Lynch, and after waiting an entire day he finally provided them with a statement. He continued trying to explain his actions, saying; ‘For many years, more than anything, I have wished that, with silence, I could somehow erase a story told by an immature young man. In a 2009 interview on the podcast “WTF,” the actor said he was still haunted. “I still have dreams of, like — you know those falling dreams?” he said.

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