One of the big stories of the day has been that of Steve Rannazzisi, one of the stars of “The League” who admitted to have falsifying a story about him narrowly escaping the terrorist attempts on September 11. As he said in a lengthy apology on Twitter, he started to tell this story about being in harm’s way after moving to Los Angeles with his wife, and blames his decision on “immaturity” while also calling his actions “inexcusable.” His remarks have elicited strong reactions from many who work with him; Comedy Central and Buffalo Wild Wings, who has featured him in advertisements, both say that they are evaluating what they want to do with him moving forward.
Now, FX Networks has also officially chimed in with the following statement:
“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. 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.”
FXX is actually the network that airs “The League,” and as of now there are no plans to cease airing or filming the show’s final season. As hurtful as the actor’s remarks may be to many, this is a different situation that NBC’s issue with Brian Williams, primarily in that no one is counting on Rannazzisi for truthful broadcasts, and he works on a show that is essential fictional and his character is not a reflection of who he is as a person.
Ultimately, it’s a terrible situation, but we are glad that his actions won’t come at a penalty to those he has worked with.
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