4493403157001Steve Rannazzisi‘s career has suffered its first big blow after his confession that he’s been lying about nearly dying in 9/11.
Buffalo Wild Wings is ending its relationship with the comedian, the company announced Thursday.
“Upon careful review, we have decided to discontinue airing our current television commercials featuring Steve Rannazzisi,” the sports-bar chain tells PEOPLE in a statement.
Meanwhile, Rannazzisi was photographed out and about Los Angeles for the first time since the scandal broke, looking somber while wearing a t-shirt, athletic shorts and sneakers.
The League star admitted Wednesday that he was not actually working in the south tower of New York’s World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, fleeing after seeing terrorists crash into the north one, as he had falsely recounted to multiple media outlets throughout his career.
“It was profoundly disrespectful to those who perished and those who lost loved ones,” he said in a statement Wednesday. “The stupidity and guilt I have felt for many years has not abated. It was an early taste of having a public persona, and I made a terrible mistake. All I can ask is for forgiveness.”
“He reached out to me and is truly sorry. We all sometimes lie and exaggerate a story to seem cooler,” he tweeted. “Unfortunately this is a very touchy topic n very near n dear 2 peoples hearts.Its years later but he apologized n owned up 2 it like a man.”