“The League” star Steve Rannazzisi admits to lying about 9/11 survival story
Star of “The League” and popular comedian Steve Rannazzisi found himself in the headlines today and not for the best of reasons. The actor confessed to lying about a story that he had concocted that involved where he was and what he was doing on the morning of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Rannazzisi issued a statement on the issue, the comedian had previously claimed that he was almost killed in the attacks that morning, but has now issued an apology and an explanation of his actions.
All of this started back in 2009, when Rannazzisi spoke about the event in ab interview. At that time Rannazzisi talked about working at Merrill Lynch in the South Tower at the moment a plane struck the North Tower.
“I worked in the 54th floor of the second tower,” Rannazzisi said. “I was there. The first tower got hit and we got jostled all over the place. Then the Port Authority came on the loud speaker, ‘Explosion in Tower 1, things are being taken care of, everyone remain where you are, stay calm, we’re figuring things out.’ And I was like, ‘I’m going to check this thing out. I went downstairs, went outside, saw all the pandemonium, and then about five or six minutes later, ‘bang’…”
Rannazzisi stated that it was this near-death experience that convinced him that he should move from New York to Los Angeles and pursue his dreams of becoming an actor and comedian. “I still have those dreams of like, you know, those falling dreams?” he said in the interview.
That was the original story, which was put into question by the New York Times that stated Rannazzisi was working in Midtown during the attacks. To make things even worse, Rannazzisi didn’t even work for Merrill Lynch, and Merrill Lynch didn’t have any offices at the World Trade Center at that time.
Rannazzisi’s full statement reads:
“As a young man, I made a mistake that I deeply regret and for which apologies may still not be enough.
After I moved with my wife to Los Angeles from New York City in 2001 shortly after 9/11, I told people that I was in one of the World Trade Center towers on 9/11. It wasn’t true. I was in Manhattan but working in a building in Midtown and I was not at the Trade Center on that day. 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?
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.”
FX has not issued a statement at this time.