'The League' Star Steve Rannazzisi Lied About Escaping the World Trade Centre on 9/11

'The League' Star Steve Rannazzisi Lied About Escaping the World Trade Centre on 9/11
The League star and standup comedian Steve Rannazzisi has spent the last few years telling a sincere anecdote about working at Merrill Lynch in the World Trade Centre on September 11, 2001. According to his story, the shock of the attack convinced him to pursue his dreams and become a comedian. Now, he's admitted that the whole story was a lie.

As the New York Times reports, Rannazzisi has never been employed by Merrill Lynch, and on the day of the attacks he was actually working in midtown Manhattan.

Caught in a lie, Rannazzisi issued a statement through his publicist Matthew Labov. "I was not at the Trade Center on that day," the statement read. "I don't know why I said this. This was inexcusable. I am truly, truly sorry."

"For many years, more than anything," he continued, "I have wished that, with silence, I could somehow erase a story told by an immature young man. It only made me more ashamed. How could I tell my children to be honest when I hadn't come clean about this?"

The lie may now affect his role as a spokesman for Buffalo Wild Wings. "We are disappointed to learn of Steve's misrepresentations regarding the events of September 11, 2001," the company said in a statement. "We are currently re-evaluating our relationship with Steve pending a review of all the facts."

Steve Rannazzisi has also shared his statements on his Twitter. Read them below.

UPDATE (9/16, 12:45 p.m.): Comedy Central, who were planning to air Rannazzisi's new special Breaking Dad this weekend, have released a statement [via Deadline]. They said, "We just learned about this last night. We are very disappointed to hear about Steve's misrepresentations and are currently determining how we will move forward."