After a tumultuous week for actor Geoffrey Owens, the former star of “The Cosby Show” accepted a job offer from fellow actor Tyler Perry.
Owens made news this week when he was spotted bagging groceries at a Trader Joe’s grocery store. A story about him complete with a picture of him working at the store went viral, leading to many instances of job shaming. Throughout the criticism, Owens also received a great amount of support from fellow actors lauding him for doing what it takes to make a living between acting gigs. Owens is best known for his role as the lovable Elvin Tibideaux on “The Cosby Show” for seven years beginning in 1985.
After making the rounds on various outlets to defend his job situation, Owens was offered a new role with Tyler Perry’s show on OWN. Owens will appear on the show “The Haves and The Have Nots”. Although the specific role has not been announced, Perry confirmed that Owens will appear in multiple episodes. Perry tweeted out his support for Owens, saying that actors who continue to work hard between gigs always have his respect. In addition to Perry’s support, Owens also received positive affirmation from singer Nicki Minaj who offered to donate $25,000 to him.
Owens confided that he was initially disappointed and bothered by the criticism of his job. However, he said that he quickly got over it once the support started pouring in. He confirmed that he had been working at Trader Joe’s for 15 months in an effort to support his family in between acting roles. Although he admitted that it was often difficult to be recognized when working at a grocery store, Owens said that he knew he had to persevere because he had no other choice. Owens hopes that people learn from this lesson and realize that everyone should be respected for working hard, regardless of the position.