After admitting that a story he told about escaping the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001 was a lie, comedian and “The League” star Steve Rannazzisi has been dropped from a Buffalo Wild Wings advertising campaign.
The company revealed they would no longer be working with Rannazzisi in a statement on Thursday (Sept. 17). “Upon careful review, we have decided to discontinue airing our current television commercials featuring Steve Rannazzisi,” it reads.
The move came one day after Rannazzisi admitted he lied about working in one of the World Trade Center towers the day of the terrorist attack. The comedian first told the story on Marc Maron’s “WTF” podcast, claiming it was surviving the attack that motivated him to pursue comedy.
The truth came out after the New York Times provided proof to Rannazzisi that he was not in the World Trade Center at the time, nor did he work for Merrill Lynch as he claimed.
For his part, Rannazzisi has apologized for lying. “As a young man, I made a mistake that I deeply regret and for which apologies may still not be enough,” he writes. “I don’t know why I said this. This was inexcusable. I am truly, truly sorry.”