The League star Stephen Rannazzisi admits to Sept 11 lie

Stephen Rannazzisi

Just days after the 14th anniversary of the Twin Tower attacks on September 11, 2001, comedian Stephen Rannazzisi admitted that he lied about his whereabouts that fateful day, following a New York Times exposé.

“I was not at the Trade Center on that day,” he said in a statement released through his publicist, Matthew Labov. “I don’t know why I said this. This was inexcusable. I am truly, truly sorry. For many years, more than anything, 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?”

Stephen had previously stated that he had escaped from the 54th floor of the South Tower after the first airplane tragically struck the tower. He added that this life-changing experience was what prompted him to leave his desk job and pursue a career in Los Angeles.

Stephen was also set to premiere his special Breaking Dad on Comedy Central on Saturday, September 19 at 11 p.m. The network issued a statement saying, “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.”

Buffalo Wild Wings, which has an ad campaign with Stephen, said, “We are disappointed to learn of Steve’s misrepresentations regarding the events of September 11, 2001. We are currently re-evaluating our relationship with Steve pending a review of all the facts.” ~Sandra D. Sukraj

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  1. dierdre • September 17, 2015 @ 10:38 AM

    Why would anyone lie about such a thing sure he says he was young but thats totally the wrong way to get attention he wasnt six years old at the time shame on you stephen this lie will haunt you the rest of your life. A lie is a lie sometimes it cant be undone and this one was huge.Sorry just wont work 😞

  2. TeeDee • September 17, 2015 @ 11:39 AM

    Being young is no excuse whatsoever. This lie reveals not only an immature mind, but one that’s not too bright. You must have known that your story could be fact-checked and proven wrong! I, for one, can’t bring myself to watch any of your work now…It’s truly a shame that your career had to come to this. I hope you find other work that will give you a sense of purpose in life.

  3. pinny • September 17, 2015 @ 11:50 AM

    How many people lie and never expose the truth at all. He could have kept this to himself and noone would have been able to offer self-righteous comments about it. Sure it was very wrong but then he seems to be living with huge remorse. At least we can try to help him to get on with what seems to be a life of telling the truth. I personally respect him for making it right and I believe that he must be given the chance to distance himself from this.

  4. Bobbie Petroske • September 17, 2015 @ 12:59 PM

    How sad….I am from Staten Island. My cousin’s daughter perished in the North Tower. I can’t imagine anyone trying to capitalize on such a tragedy…

  5. Kris • September 17, 2015 @ 4:43 PM

    Very poor judgment…..

  6. Magpie • September 17, 2015 @ 6:28 PM

    Yes, what he did was terrible, but you have to admit that it took courage to speak the truth now, knowing what it could do to his career.

  7. Kat • September 19, 2015 @ 6:17 AM

    Yes, he admitted it AFTER an expose had already been written about the incident. It would’ve been better if he admitted it of his own free will, but of course that was never going to happen. He knows that story got his career rolling. If he confessed after that it would’ve tanked him, just as it probably will now. There are lies & then there are LIES. There are better ways to get your career off the ground. Lying about something so tragic is not one of them. He would’ve had to make up a whole story to go with the lie. Just CREEPY!

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