There’s a fine line between fiction and reality and this standup comedian’s deliberate blending of the two may have just put his career in jeopardy.
Steve Rannazzisi, comedian and actor best known for his role in “The League,” admitted to the New York Times that he lied about escaping the September 11th World Trade Center attacks.
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Just following the 14th anniversary of that horrific day, Rannazzisi opened up about the false tale he shared.
“I was not in the World Trade Center that day,” he reportedly said in a statement. “I don’t know why I said this. This was inexcusable. I am truly, truly sorry.”
Rannazzisi offered apologies in a series of tweets which included, “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.
@SteveRannazzisi Perhaps you should donate the wealth you've accumulated by building your career on a lie to a foundation for 9/11 survivors— Lux Alptraum (@LuxAlptraum) September 16, 2015
In 2009 Rannazzisi said in an interview that he was working as an account manager at Merrill Lynch, located on the 54th floor of the south tower, when the first plane hit.
He recalled vivid details of the incident and claimed to have run outside to safety just before a plane crashed into the office where he worked, all of which was a crock of B.S.
This bout of honesty comes at a crucial time in Rannazzisi’s career, just before his Comedy Central special, “Breaking Dad” is set to air this weekend and while he is being sponsored by Buffalo Wild Wings for a series of NFL ads.
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“We are very disappointed to hear about Steve’s misrepresentations and are currently determining how we will move forward,” Comedy Central spokesman Steve Albani said.
Buffalo Wild Wings also expressed disappointment in Rannazzisi’s fabrication and said they will be reevaluating their partnership with him.
Unfortunately, his apology is six years too late. He claims he "doesn't know" why he lied, but we know exactly why.
He was an aspiring comedian looking for fame in Hollywood, trying to gain sympathy and a fan base by riding on the coat tails of one of the Nation's most devastating tragedies.
And now, unfortunately for Rannazzisi and his career, this news is spreading like wildfire and Twitter is showing no mercy.
Told you to never trust a dude with gel in his hair http://t.co/NhC22R4QUS— OLIVER 3STACKS (@edsbs) September 16, 2015
This is so messed up: http://t.co/GgBUD2RPUG— emily nussbaum (@emilynussbaum) September 16, 2015
Steve Rannazzisi just gave me another reason to never watch The League.— Louise MacGregor (@cutpriceguignol) September 16, 2015
@SteveRannazzisi You had to know it was wrong and proceeded and persisted. I don't buy the dumb kid thing. You'll need to do more than tweet— TheLadyAye (@TheLadyAye) September 16, 2015