New York Palace Hotel's Manager Fired For Religious Remarks
Yikes. There's been some major drama at the New York Palace Hotel and this time, it has nothing to do with Gossip Girl.
According to the New York Daily News, managing director Niklaus Leuenberger has been released from his position at the Palace after not-so-nicely ordering a Catholic employee to clean the ash off his forehead on Ash Wednesday.
"Wipe that f-----g s--t off your face," managing director Niklaus Leuenberger told a bell captain at the New York Palace Hotel on Feb. 25, sources said. [...] "As of Monday, March 23, Leuenberger is no longer employed by the New York Palace," hotel spokeswoman Teresa Delaney told the Daily News Tuesday. The incident was deemed so severe, Christopher Cowdray, head of the London-based Dorchester Collection, which owns the Palace, flew here to hand Leuenberger the pink slip.
Oh, and one more thing: the NYDN says the Palace actually leases its land from the Catholic church. Goodness gracious.