Former Cosby Show actor Geoffrey Owens was seen bagging groceries at a New Jersey Trader Joe’s, when he was subsequently photographed with the photos being published to the Daily Mail.
On Tuesday, Owens made an appearance on Good Morning America to discuss the released photos, saying he was “devastated” and “job shamed.” He did not frame himself as a victim, stating he has had a “wonderful career.”
Owens explained to CNN why he took the Trader Joe’s job: “I got to the point where I needed to take a job to pay my bills, to support my family, it was basically that… I wanted a job that had some flexibility, so that if I did stay in the entertainment industry, I could continue to audition and do jobs if I could, and Trader Joe’s provided that.”
Seeing his “plight” both musician Nicki Minaj and film mogul Tyler Perry contributed to assisting the actor.
On Wednesday, Nicki Minaj announced on her Beats 1 radio station that she would donate $25,000 to Owens. She stated the reasoning for the donation: “Some people are on the internet and seeking attention, and he’s just the antithesis of that.”
Furthermore, Owens accepted a 10-episode run for Tyler Perry’s hit drama The Haves and the Have Nots. Tyler Perry originally reached out to Owens on Twitter posting, “I’m about to start shootings OWN’s number one drama next week! Come join us!!! I have so much respect for people who hustle between gigs. The measure of a true artist.”