Buffalo Wild Wings Cuts Ties With Comedian Who Lied About 9/11 Experience
By Meredith B. Kile
Buffalo Wild Wings announced on Thursday that they are cutting ties with The League star Steve Rannazzisi, who admitted earlier this week that he lied about being in one of the World Trade Center buildings during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
"Upon careful review, we have decided to discontinue airing our current television commercials featuring Steve Rannazzisi," the sports bar chain said in a statement to ET on Thursday.
Rannazzisi came clean on social media on Wednesday, apologizing to “victims of 9/11 and the people that love them--and the people that love me” and asking for forgiveness for past claims that he had been working at Merrill Lynch in the south tower when the first plane struck and fled minutes before the second plane hit.
"As a young man, I made a mistake that I deeply regret and for which apologies may still not be enough," Rannazzisi wrote on Facebook. "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," he continued. "I don’t know why I said this. This was inexcusable. I am truly, truly sorry."
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Following Rannazzisi's apology, FX Networks, which airs The League, released a statement to ET.
"We are disappointed to learn that Steve Rannazzisi lied about being in the World Trade Center on 9/11. It is upsetting that he would fabricate a story about having survived that horrible tragedy," the network said. "It is also unfortunate that he did not admit to the truth sooner. That said we believe Steve is sincere in his apology and will do everything he can to make amends moving forward."
"For many years, more than anything, I have wished that, with silence, I could somehow erase a story told by an immature young man," Rannazzisi continued in his statement. "It only made me more ashamed. How could I tell my children to be honest when I hadn't come clean about this?"