Remember the guy from the Buffalo Wild Wings commercials or “Kevin” from The League?
According to the New York Times, Steve Rannazzisi lied about surviving the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11.
The comedian claimed he was working for Merrill Lynch on the 54th floor of the south tower when the first plane struck the north tower which was the story for over a decade. He added that he escaped minutes before the second plane hit the tower he was working in.
“I was there and then the first tower got hit and we were like jostled all over the place,” said Rannazzisi in an interview back in 2009.
Supposedly, he ran to the street just minutes before another plane slammed into his building. He then decided that very day that life was too precious to waste opportunities. So he abandoned his job to pursue a career as an entertainer in LA.
On Tuesday, Rannazzisi admitted that it was all a lie. The 37-year-old claims that he had been working in Midtown the day of the tragedy but not for Merrill Lynch.
There is no evidence of the comedian working in either tower.
“I was not at the Trade Center on that day,” he said in a statement provided by his publicist, Matthew Labov. “I don’t know why I said this. This was inexcusable. I am truly, truly sorry.”
In several interviews throughout the years, Rannazzisi claimed that his girlfriend worked in the south tower on Sept. 11 on the 24th floor but she was delayed.
Labov corrected that information claiming that the girlfriend was scheduled to work as a temp on Sept. 11 in the World Financial Center and not in the south tower.
“We are disappointed to learn of Steve’s misrepresentations regarding the events of September 11, 2001,” said Buffalo Wild Wings. “We are currently re-evaluating our relationship with Steve pending a review of all the facts.”
Steve Rannazzisi admitted how regretful he is for his poor decisions.
“For many years, more than anything I have wished that, with silence, I could somehow erase a story told by an immature young man,’ said the comedian.”It only made me more ashamed. How could I tell my children to be honest when I hadn’t come clean about this?”