Geoffrey Owens Offered TV Gig By Tyler Perry After Job-Shaming Fiasco

Update'Cosby Show Actor Geoffrey Owens Quit Trader Joe's Over Attention

Update'Cosby Show Actor Geoffrey Owens Quit Trader Joe's Over Attention

"Bagging groceries isn't anything to be ashamed of", said Mike Continio of Branchburg. There's nothing to "feel sorry for" when it comes to earning a living, he added. I hope that you see that people are better than you think they are, that people don't want to celebrate people's downfalls. I was like, 'Wow, all those years of doing the show and you ended up as a cashier.' Other fans would be surprised for sure as well. Nearly instantly, the story went viral and several Hollywood notables and fans alike came to Owens' aid, supporting him and his lifestyle of maintaining honest work. "The people taking his picture and passing judgment are trash", she wrote. Photos showed him working the register at a New Jersey Trader Joe's, "Geoffrey" on his name tag.

"There's no shame in honest, hard work".

- Pamela Adlon (@pamelaadlon) September 2, 2018Geoffrey Owen is a fantastic, hilarious actor. Former NFL player Terry Crews shared that he'd swept floors after he retired from football - and would do it again. "In the past 26 years, I have hardly ever had an acting job that lasted more than 10 weeks", Owens said.

Filmmaker Tyler Perry invited Owens via Twitter to join him in shooting a drama for the Oprah Winfrey Network, praising his work ethic and calling Owens "a true artist".

The actor also explained how he came to decide to work at the grocery store, where's he been working for 15 months, and how he got recognized "every day" by customers who were "very, very cool about it".

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He added: "I was really devastated, but the period of devastation was so short, because so shortly after that, the responses - my wife and I started to read these responses from literally all over the world of support and so, fortunately, the shame part didn't last very long".

"It was really overwhelming. I kind of feel like that character in the Woody Allen movie who wakes up and he's a celebrity all of a sudden and has no idea where it came from", he told GMA's Robin Roberts. "I really want to thank everybody out there: family, friends, Hollywood community and the general public for the incredible support, the unbelievable support and positivity that they've shown for me".

'There is no job that's better than another, ' he said. "It might pay better, it might have better benefits, it might look better on a résumé, but actually it's not better". But, actually, it's not better. "No one should feel sorry for me, either from a positive or negative perspective".

On Tuesday, Owens stopped by Good Morning America to speak out about the "devastation" he initially experienced at having been shamed as a Trader Joe's employee, but how things quickly turned around and he became overwhelmed at the support everyone has shown him.

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