Co­me­dian gets caught in a Sept. 11 lie

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Com­edy Cen­tral said Wed­nes­day it is re-eval­u­at­ing Steve Ran­nazz­isi’s planned standup spe­cial this week­end af­ter the comic apol­o­gized for ly­ing about work­ing in New York’s World Trade Cen­ter when ter­ror­ists at­tacked on Sept. 11, 2001.

Ran­nazz­isi said he didn’t know why he told the story, which he called “a mis­take that I deeply re­gret and for which apolo­gies may still not be enough.”

The co­me­dian ap­pears in the FXX se­ries The League. The Com­edy Cen­tral spe­cial ti­tled Break­ing Dad is sched­uled for Satur­day at 11 p.m.

Ran­nazz­isi told a de­tailed story about work­ing for Mer­rill Lynch on Sept. 11 in a pod­cast hosted by Marc Maron. The co­me­dian said he felt jos­tled when the tower next to him was struck and es­caped to the street, de­spite hear­ing loud­speaker mes­sages urg­ing peo­ple to stay put. He said his then-girl­friend, now his wife, also worked at the World Trade Cen­ter and for sev­eral hours he didn’t know where she was.

Ran­nazz­isi said in a state­ment Wed­nes­day that he was in New York City on Sept. 11 but was work­ing in midtown.

“I don’t know why I said this,” he said. “This was in­ex­cus­able. I am truly, truly sorry . . . 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.”

Mer­rill Lynch has no record of Ran­nazz­isi ever work­ing there and the com­pany had no of­fices in the World Trade Cen­ter.

DAN STEINBERG/THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Steve Ran­nazz­isi has apol­o­gized for ly­ing about be­ing in the World Trade Cen­ter when ter­ror­ists at­tacked on Sept. 11, 2001.

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