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Steve Rannazzisi from 'The League' Says He Lied About Being in the Twin Towers on 9/11

"I made a mistake that I deeply regret and for which apologies may still not be enough."

by Scott Masters Pierce
16 September 2015, 8:00pm

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Comedian Steve Rannazzisi is mostly known as Taco's less funny brother onThe League, a very popular TV show about man-children in a fantasy football league. When asked about his success, Rannazzisi has credited it with a life-altering wake up call he received after escaping from the south tower on September 11. On Tuesday, Rannazzisi came forward to admit that the whole 9/11 story was made up.

"I was there and then the first tower got hit and we were like jostled all over the place," he told Marc Maron in 2009. Rannazzisi claimed he was an account manager at Merrill Lynch back then—a lie—and said he'd fled the building slightly before the second plane hit—another lie.

It's not yet clear who first poked holes in Rannazzisi's story, but the Times reports that the comedian decided to come clean after "confronted with evidence that undermined his account."

Rannazzisi released a statement on Tuesday admitting that the 9/11 story was fabricated. "I don't know why I said this," his statement read. "I am truly, truly sorry." He continued his apologies and explanations on Twitter on Wednesday.

Buffalo Wild Wings, who had hired Rannazzisi as the face of a new ad campaign, is currently "re-evaluating [their] relationship with Steve," and Deadline reports that Comedy Central may cancel Rannazzisi's special, Breaking Dad, which was scheduled to air on Saturday.

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