Pete Davidson's father, a firefighter, died in the tragic act of terrorism

By Michele Corriston
Updated September 16, 2015 03:15 PM

After criticizing Steve Rannazzisi for fabricating a story about escaping 9/11, Saturday Night Live‘s Pete Davidson is asking outraged fans to “take it easy” on his fellow comedian.

Rannazzisi, 37, admitted Wednesday that he’s been lying about his near-death experience ever since terrorists crashed into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Davidson’s father, a New York firefighter, died in the horrific attack.

“It’s ok @SteveRannazzisi people make mistakes … Can’t wait to meet my dad for lunch later,” Davidson, 21, first tweeted. But The League actor didn’t seem to get the joke and replied with a sincere thank-you.

“I think you missed the point ,” Davidson responded. “All kidding aside this @SteveRannazzisi story sucks because he’s actually a funny comic and I love The League. It’s f—– up.”

The stars apparently had an off-line conversation about the controversy, and Davidson took the high road.

“Take it easy on @SteveRannazzisi … 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.”

Earlier, Davidson got into a tense exchange with actor Elijah Wood about the scandal on SiriusXM’s Opie and Jim Norton show.

“I wonder how many people lied about s— back then and just didn t have a Twitter. We can t really figure it out,” Davidson said.

“The one negative to this – okay, it s great, it s come out. He s apologizing publicly, there s a forum for which he can apologize for it,” Wood said.

“But he’s not sorry,” Davidson insisted. “He’s sorry he got caught.”