Transcript for Comedian Steve Rannazzisi Admits to Lying About 9/11
the popular comedian in hot water. Coming clean over a lie he's been telling for 14 years. Steve rannazzisi now admitting he lied about escaping the twin towers on 9/11 confessing he wasn't even downtown that day. ABC's David Wright is here with the story. David, good morning. Reporter: Good morning. There have been a few 9/11 liars over the years, borrowing someone else's tragedy to give their own lives meaning or value but this guy built a career in Hollywood starting ironically enough with a job on the show "Punk'd." It turns out he punked everybody. You've probably seen him on the ads for Buffalo wild wings. Hi, I'm Steve and I've helped millions claim their fantasy millions. Reporter: Or stars in "The league." Let's get back to the draft order, please. Reporter: His stand-up special is due to air on comedy central this weekend. Steve rannazzisi, a comedian whose star has been rising ever since he lied about where exactly he was on September 11th, 2001. Where were you when 911 call happened. 54th floor of the south tower. Reporter: He told Pauly shore and friends he was working at Merrill lynch when the first plane struck the north tower. I walk outside. I see the fire and everything and then I watched the second plane hit the second tower. Reporter: The story even more vivid on mark Marin's podcast. And it just, bang. While you were standing right there. While I was like underneath an overpass. All your co-workers upstairs. Reporter: A few details have changed over the years. In one interview he didn't see the second plane hit. He heard it. And then I heard the plane hit our tower. Reporter: His route home changes too. Walk across the Brooklyn bridge back to Brooklyn where we lived. Reporter: Later a different bridge. I walked across the Manhattan bridge. Reporter: But the essence of the story that he told as recently as a week ago was that the trauma of 9/11 convinced him to quit the financial industry and move to L.A. To get into show business and it was all a lie. He never worked at Merrill lynch, wasn't in lower Manhattan on 9/11 and in fact Merrill lynch didn't even have an office in the twin towers. When "The New York times" confronted him rannazzisi came clean, I was not at the trade center that day, he said in a statement. I don't know why I said this. This was inexcusable. I am truly, truly sorry. Well, Buffalo wild wings and comedy central told us they're disappointed in him and re-evaluating their relationship but have yet to pull him off the air. Fx is standing by him saying they believe the apology was sincere. He apologized after he got caught. Right. So the story changed over and over. All right, we thank you.
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