Former Cosby Show Actor, Geoffrey Owens Quits Grocery Store Job, Lands Offer From Tyler Perry

'Every Job Is Worthwhile and Valuable' Owens felt the sting of the viral photo and subsequent headlines, but the shame didn't last long after Owen's felt waves of global support

You may remember Geoffrey Owens from The Cosby Show, but a picture of him bagging groceries at Trader Joe’s recently went viral resulting in insulting headlines. Various outlets have shammed the actor for what they view as a fall from grace; luckily unwavering support has lifted Owens up in spirit and opportunity.

Owen’s recently sat down with Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts to discuss the picture and headlines. Admitting the stories on him did sting, the shaming period certainly didn’t last long.

“I really want to thank everybody out there, family, friends, Hollywood, the general public for the amazing support and positivity,” said Owens. “I was devastated, but the period of devastation was so short because my wife and I started reading these responses from literally all over the world. So, fortunately, the shame part didn’t last very long.”

A few celebrities shared their own ‘falling from grace’ stories as well as support for Owens, including Terry Crews, Amanda Seals, and former Everybody Loves Raymond actor Patricia Heaton.

Owens has donned many hats since his Cosby days including teaching acting classes at Yale and starring in several television shows including Lucifer. His days at Trader Joe’s have recently come to an end thanks to the viral photo, but his job gave him the flexibility to audition while earning a steady check. Luckily, the support and attention Owens has been receiving has come along with job offers. Tyler Perry took notice of the headlines surrounding Owen’s and promptly asked him to join shooting next week for OWN.

“I wouldn’t feel comfortable getting acting jobs from this event. I wouldn’t mind getting auditions. I wouldn’t mind people calling me in to try out for things. I want to get a job because I’m the right person for a job” he [Owens] said.

A hard-working and humble man, Owens has shown how even the ugliest of intentions can breed love and opportunity. You can catch Owen’s GMA interview here.



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