According to the interview, Rannazzisi worked for Merrill Lynch on the 54th floor of the second tower as an account manager for "a year and a half" leading up to 9/11.
During the interview, he told Maron,
He then went on to recount,
Rannazzisi credits this horrifying chain of events as the reason he decided to get out of finance, move to Los Angeles and pursue a comedy career.
He also talked to Maron about what he and his girlfriend (who he claimed also worked in the towers) did after the attacks. He said,
The only issue is this never happened.
Rannazzisi never witnessed planes hitting the buildings, he never worked for Merrill Lynch (which never had offices in the Twin Towers) and he wasn't even geographically near the World Trade Center on 9/11.
After being recently confronted about the specifics of the story, Rannazzisi announced he made everything up through a statement issued by his publicist on Tuesday.
The statement read,
Steve went into more detail on his Twitter account, where he addressed his fans and those affected by the attacks that took place on September 11, 2001.
The "WTF" podcast wasn't the only time he talked about 9/11.
In 2011, Rannazzisi went on the “Sklarbro Country” podcast where he even made a reference to a severance package he received from Merrill Lynch after the attacks.
He told the podcast hosts,
Rannazzisi also referenced the attacks during a CBS Sports radio show in 2014, correcting the show's hosts to say he was actually just "downtown" at the time, not necessarily inside the World Trade Center like he originally said.
Rannazzisi's one-hour special for Comedy Central called “Steve Rannazzisi: Breaking Dad” is set to air this Saturday.
He also has several sponsorship deals, the most notable of which is with Buffalo Wild Wings. However, The New York Times reports, on Tuesday, Buffalo Wild Wings said it was “re-evaluating [its] relationship with Steve pending a review of all the facts."