“The League” star Steve Rannazzisi has made a career as a comedian with a backstory about how the events of 9/11 led him to move to Los Angeles. Now he’s been caught in a lie.

Steve Rannazzisi. Photo via YouTube
Many times in the past he’s told how the World Trade Center caused him to leave his account manager post at Merrill Lynch on the 54th floor of the South Tower. He also said his girlfriend worked on the tower’s 24th floor, but never made it to work that day.

But when confronted by The New York Times with facts to the contrary, Rannazzisi confessed to making them up.

“As a young man, I made a mistake that I deeply regret and for which apologies may still not be enough,” he said in a statement shared with news outlets and posted on Twitter. “I was not at the Trade Center on that day. I don’t know why I said this. This was inexcusable. I am truly, truly sorry.”

The 37-year-old comedian actually was in Midtown that day and his girlfriend was set to temp in the nearby World Financial Center that day. The couple moved to Los Angeles not long after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Rannazzisi’s website also wrongly says he studied theater and film at the State University of New York at Purchase. In fact, he majored in communications at SUNY Oneonta.

His series of Wednesday morning tweets:

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