Former 'Cosby Show' actor Geoffrey Owens speaks out after being job shamed

Actors and fans defend ‘Cosby Show’ actor after articles job-shame him for working at Trader Joe’s

Owens said his income took a hit after reruns of "The Cosby Show" were pulled when star Bill Cosby was convicted of sexual assault last spring.

Well, he's not doing as fine now. It was a shock to see him working there and looking the way he did. 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.

Support is pouring in for Owens, including from Gabrielle Carteris, the president of the actors union SAG-AFTRA. "The people taking his picture and passing judgment are trash", she wrote.

Someone snapped pics of the actor as he was on duty at the New Jersey store.

He thanked supporters on Instagram, posting, "There's no shame in hard work".

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- Pamela Adlon (@pamelaadlon) September 2, 2018Geoffrey Owen is a fantastic, hilarious actor. Terry Crews tweeted about sweeping floors after leaving the NFL. If he got more auditions from this attention, then great, but he didn't want any acting gigs to fall in his lap just because of his working in Trader Joe's.

Indeed, working several jobs to make ends meet is no rarity for actors and artists - as the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists highlighted in a tweet on Labor Day in support of Owens. "Overall, pretty much like any Trader Joe's employee". Owens revealed he has since quit his job at the grocery store.

"And now, mere hours after Owens appeared on "Good Morning America" to offer his perspective on the public outcry, Tyler Perry has taken to Twitter with a job offer: "#GeoffreyOwens I'm about to start shooting OWN's number one drama next week!

"It's really overwhelming, in a good way", he said. I kind of feel like that character in that Woody Allen movie that wakes up one morning and he's a celebrity all of a sudden ... it came out of nowhere. "I really want to thank everybody out there: family, friends, Hollywood community and the general public for the incredible support, the wonderful support and positivity that they've shown for me".

With the new found fame, Roberts asked Owens if he's received any calls for roles and Owens said he would only accept a role if he was the best fit for the job. "It might pay better, it might have better benefits, look better on a resume or on paper, but actually it's not better". But, actually, it's not better. Owens said that no job is better than any other: "Every job is worthwhile and valuable". As soon as I heard this story was in the works, I resigned because I didn't feel that for my peace of mind and my dignity that I was going to be able to function there in a positive way, spiritually and emotionally ...

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