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Fresh off of a 10-point loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the opening week, the New York Giants are set to travel to Chicago this weekend to face off with the 1-0 Bears this weekend. But if it were up to Bears star wideout Allen Robinson, it’s starting to sound like he’d prefer to be anywhere else.

No, that’s not a dig at the fact that he catches passes from Mitchell Trubisky for a living. The fact of the matter is, Robinson is fed up with Chicago’s unwillingness to reward him for his stellar play, so much so that one-time Pro Bowler went as far as to delete any association with the franchise from his Instagram account. How upset is Robinson with his current team? His pictures as a Jaguar remain up.

As you could expect, trade rumors have since spread like wildfire revolving around the Bears’ leading receiver, with some outlets even noting he had requested a trade. Robinson’s agent, Brandon Parker has since denounced those claims, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. With that said, Parker admits that his client is “unhappy that Chicago has been unwilling to pay him market value for wide receivers.”

What Impact Does A-Rob’s Situation Have on Giants

Chances are, barring a sudden change of events, Robinson will be out on the field come 1:00 pm ET at Soldier Field to face off with the Giants. That news is certainly less than appealing for a Big Blue secondary that surrendered three touchdown passes this past Monday night, two of which went to Steelers wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster.

Robinson, who tied for the NFL lead in receiving touchdowns back in 2015, has not topped seven touchdowns in a single season since. However, he is fresh off his first 1,000-yard receiving campaign.

Robinson enjoyed a solid, yet underwhelming Week 1 showing vs. the Detroit Lions, hauling five of his nine targets for 74 yards. If the Giants can hold the wideout to a stat-line even remotely similar come Week 2, they’ll undoubtedly chalk that feat up as a win.

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Ellen DeGeneres finally addresses rumors shes mean: I am a work in progress

After a summer of facing allegations that her talk show is a toxic workplace and that she is secretly a mean person, Ellen DeGeneres finally issued a public apology Monday, saying she takes responsibility for what happens on her show and vowing to do better as a boss and as a person.

“I take that very seriously and I want to say I am so sorry to the people who were affected,” the embattled host said in her monologue at the start of the Season 18 premiere of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” I know that I’m in a position of privilege and power and I realized that with that comes responsibility, and I take responsibility for what happens at my show.”

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— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) September 21, 2020

In July, dozens of current and former employees came forward to tell BuzzFeed News that her show’s executive producers engaged in rampant sexual misconduct and harassment. Another BuzzFeed News report detailed former employees’ accounts of racism, fear, and intimidation from top managers.

One former employee specifically challenged the way DeGeneres has built her brand on projecting the image of being an affable, caring, “be kind” person. The employee echoed rumors that DeGeneres is secretly mean behind the scenes to subordinates and to anyone who is not another rich, famous celebrity. Comedian Kathy Griffin said back in 2016 that DeGeneres had a “mean streak that all of Hollywood knows about.”

The former employee said, “That ‘be kind’ (expletive) only happens when the cameras are on. It’s all for show.”

In her monologue, DeGeneres didn’t directly deny the accusations of being mean. Instead she tried to provide some context on how she came to be held to high standards for conduct.

“Here’s how that happened: I started saying, ‘be kind to one another’ after a young man named Tyler Clementi took his own life after being bullied for being gay,” she said. “I thought the world needed more kindness, and it was a reminder that we all needed that—and I think we need it more than ever right now.”

But DeGeneres said, “Being known as the ‘be kind’ lady is a tricky position to be in. So let me give you some advice out there. If anybody’s thinking of changing their title or giving yourself a nickname, do not go with the ‘be kind’ lady.”

“The truth is I am that person that you see on TV,” DeGeneres continued. ‘I am also a lot of other things.”

In explaining that she is a more complex person than people might realize, DeGeneres said, “Sometimes I get sad, I get mad, I get anxious, I get frustrated, I get impatient. And I am working on all of that. I am a work in progress. I am especially working on the impatience thing, and it’s not going well because it’s not happening fast enough, I will tell you that.”

That remark was met with polite laughter from her crew, after which DeGeneres said: “Maybe some of you know I was an actress. I’ve played a straight woman in movies, so I’m a pretty good actress. But I don’t think that I’m that good that I can come out here every day for 17 years and fool you.”

“This is me, and my intention is to always be the best person I can be,” DeGeneres said. “If I’ve ever let someone down, if I’ve ever hurt their feelings, I am so sorry for that. If that’s ever the case, I have let myself down, and I have hurt myself as well. I always try to grow as a person. I look at everything that comes into my life as an opportunity to learn.”

The allegations enveloping her talk show and threatening to destroy her reputation came to a head over the summer. Following the BuzzFeed News reports, WarnerMedia, the parent company for the studio that produces “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” launched a third-party investigation. News came in August that executive producers Ed Glavin, Kevin Leman, and co-executive producer Jonathan Norman were fired and that WarnerMedia, the studio’s parent company, launched a third-party investigation.

DeGeneres remained publicly silent through the summer, which may have given the impression that she and her team believed that the scandal would just blow over.

DeGeneres further inflamed concerns about her sincerity when news leaked that she had apologized to staff for the toxic workplace allegations but in a way that sounded like she was ultimately blaming others.

In an email to staff she wrote, “As we’ve grown exponentially, I’ve not been able to stay on top of everything and relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I’d want them done. Clearly some didn’t.”

In her monologue Monday, DeGeneres was very careful to say that she takes full responsibility.

“This is The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” she said. “I am Ellen DeGeneres. My name is there, my name is there, my name is on underwear. We have had a lot of conversations over the last few weeks about the show, our workplace, and what we want for the future. We have made the necessary changes and today we are starting a new chapter.”

DeGeneres said she was “grateful” for the people who work for her, which she said has grown to as many as 270. “All I want is for every single one of them to be happy and to be proud to work here.” DeGeneres also announced that Stephen “tWitch” Boss, who’s been a DJ on her show since 2014, had been promoted to co-executive producer.

DeGeneres said she hopes her show can be a respite from all the challenges society is now facing.

“This has been a horrible summer for people all around the world,” DeGeneres said. “People are losing their jobs, people are losing loved ones to a pandemic, people are losing their homes and lives in raging fires that are going on. There’s blatant racial injustice all around us.”

“So my hope is that we can still be a place of happiness and joy,” she said. “I still want to be the one hour a day that people can go to escape and laugh. I want to continue to help all the people that we help every day. And I’m committed to making this the best season that we have ever had.”

 

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