Comedian Steve Rannazzisi Admits He Lied About Escaping 9/11 Attacks

16 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘It was inexcusable’: ‘The League’ star Steve Rannazzisi admits he lied about escaping the World Trade Center on 9/11.

“I was not at the Trade Center on that day,” he tweeted on Wednesday. “I don’t know why I said this. “The League” star Steve Rannazzisi admits he lied about narrowly escaping death in the Sept. 11, 2001, World Trade Center attacks, saying he doesn’t know why he used the harrowing tale to explain his success in show biz.

Rannazzisi, 37, attributed his career as an actor and comedian in recent years to the decision he made immediately after surviving the terror attacks in 2001. He had described in detail working at Merrill Lynch’s offices on the 54th floor of the south tower when the first plane crashed into the north tower that morning. Stay calm, we’re figuring things out.’” He continued, “I was like, ‘Well I’m gonna go check this thing out.’ I went downstairs, walked outside, saw all the pandemonium.

He said he fled the building just minutes before the second plane hit, and from that moment forward decided to leave New York to pursue his dreams in Los Angeles. In multiple interviews, he told of how the day continued to affect him, describing harrowing dreams he suffered after witnessing the harrowing aftermath of the attack. He continued telling the story in interviews for years, despite claiming it was a tough topic for him, telling the Sklarbro Country podcast in 2011 he didn’t want to seem like he was “cashing in or anything like that.” The future comedian was working in Midtown that day, and not for Merrill Lynch, his publicist said. Here is the version of events that Rannazzisi has told to Marc Maron, Pauly Shore, and others since 2009: “I was there and then the first tower got hit and we were like jostled all over the place,” and “I still have dreams of like, you know, those falling dreams.” He claims the escape spurred his move to Los Angeles.

One of Rannazzisi’s sponsors, Buffalo Wild Wings, which made him the face of their ad campaigns for the start of the NFL season, are now evaluating their relationship with the comedian. I am truly, truly sorry.” According to the report, Merrill Lynch has no record of Rannazzisi’s employment and did not have offices in either tower during the September 11th attacks. “For many years, more than anything,” Rannazzisi’s statement continued, “I have wished that, with silence, I could somehow erase a story told by an immature young man. Yes, with details like “jostled” and the threat of one of those falling dreams, you may have trouble believing—even now—the whole thing was a ruse. In a statement to the Times, a representative said that the company is “disappointed” to hear about the actor’s fabrication and is “re-evaluating our relationship with Steve pending a review of all the facts.” The actor also admitted to another slip up: His website states he graduated from the State University of New York at Purchase, but he is actually a graduate of SUNY Oneonta.

How could I tell my children to be honest when I hadn’t come clean about this?” But as recently as 2011, Rannazzisi referenced the same fabricated tale. His publicist, Matthew Labov, says it was an “oversight.” Representatives for The League and Comedy Central did not immediately respond to Mashable’s request for comment. Rannazzisi also apparently lied about his alma mater on his personal website, saying he went to SUNY Purchase when he in fact graduated from SUNY Oneonta, the Times noted. It is to the victims of 9/11 and to the people that love them — and the people that love me — that I ask for forgiveness.” It was unclear how this could affect Mr.

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