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Popular New York steakhouse The Palm scrubs Matt Lauer caricature

Famed Manhattan steak spot The Palm has removed the wall caricature depicting disgraced NBC Today host Matt Lauer.

The fine-dining restaurant made the decision to take the portrait down last month, sources confirmed to Page Six.

Sources said they also purged the pictures showing alleged serial rapists Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby. 

The popular steakhouse originated in New York City back in the 1920’s, and is well known for its caricature-covered walls of famous names from television, movies, politics and beyond.

Palm Too Restaurant, otherwise known as The Palm, is seen at its 2nd Ave location in New York, NY

Caricatures of famous named cover the walls of the New York City-based restaurant 

Caricatures of famous named cover the walls of the New York City-based restaurant 

The iconic steakhouse removed the wall caricature showing disgraced Today host Matt Lauer

The iconic steakhouse removed the wall caricature showing disgraced Today host Matt Lauer

Restaurant owner Jake Dell told the gossip site there are so many celebrities pictured inside the place, that it’s a ‘full-time’ job trying to keep track of all the recent Hollywood scandals.

The caricature of Cosby, one of the first Hollywood men to be accused of serial sexual assault dating back decades, was removed with the help of a famous regular at the steakhouse.

TV journalist Barbara Walters, Harvey Weinstein and Sony USA Chairman Sir Howard Stringer are seen at The Palm Restaurant November 2, 2004 in New York City. 

TV journalist Barbara Walters, Harvey Weinstein and Sony USA Chairman Sir Howard Stringer are seen at The Palm Restaurant November 2, 2004 in New York City. 

Weinstein's portrait was also removed from the walls of the steakhouse, sources said

Weinstein’s portrait was also removed from the walls of the steakhouse, sources said

The portrait of actor Bill Cosby, who is seen arriving to Montgomery County Courthouse prior a pre-trial hearing on August 22, 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, was also removed

The portrait of actor Bill Cosby, who is seen arriving to Montgomery County Courthouse prior a pre-trial hearing on August 22, 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, was also removed

‘Orange is the New Black’ starlet Lea DeLaria reportedly took ‘great pleasure’ in helping cover the image of the shamed ‘Cosby Show’ actor and comedian, Page Six reports.

Another local restaurant with famous faces covering its walls, Sardi, is waiting on a verdict about other accused Hollywood men before making the decision to discard their portraits from the chophouse.

‘Until there is some resolution one way or another, we feel it would be inappropriate to remove the portraits,’ Sardi spokesperson, Terry Rooney, told Page Six.

Sardi, which also opened back in the 1920’s in Manhattan, only has one location in New York’s Theater District.



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