- Comedian Steve Rannazzisi claimed he escaped from south tower
- Commercials for the sports-focused restaurant feature him
Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. is re-evaluating its relationship with spokesman Steve Rannazzisi after the comedian admitted to lying about escaping from the World Trade Center during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Rannazzisi, star of the TV show “The League,” currently appears in commercials for the restaurant chain, which targets sports fans with chicken wings, beer and high-definition televisions. The New York Times reported on Wednesday that Rannazzisi’s longstanding tale about 9/11 didn’t hold up, something the comedian confirmed.
“We are disappointed to learn of Steve’s misrepresentation regarding the events of Sept. 11, 2001,” Buffalo Wild Wings said in a statement. “We are currently re-evaluating our relationship with Steve pending a review of all the facts.”
Rannazzisi, originally from Long Island, told an interviewer in 2009 that he was working for Merrill Lynch on the 54th floor of the World Trade Center’s south tower. He said he left the building after a plane hit the north tower and walked home to Brooklyn. The incident, he said, pushed him to leave New York for Los Angeles and pursue a career in entertainment.
After inquiries from the New York Times, Rannazzisi acknowledged that he wasn’t at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11 and had lied about the incident. The Times said Rannazzisi was working in midtown Manhattan at the time.
“I was not at the Trade Center on that day,” Rannazzisi said in a statement provided to the Times. “I don’t know why I said this. This was inexcusable. I am truly, truly sorry.”
Rannazzisi is currently a lead actor on “The League” on the FXX network. The show centers on a group of friends in Chicago obsessed with fantasy football.