'Cosby Show' actor accepts TV offer extended in a tweet: report
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A former actor on “The Cosby Show” has reportedly accepted an offer to appear on producer Tyler Perry’s television show after he said he had been shamed online for a job bagging groceries.

Geoffrey Owens accepted Perry’s offer to appear on the show “The Haves and Have Nots” in a recurring role for 10 episodes, TMZ reported on Friday.

Owens will reportedly fly down to Atlanta to begin filming next week, the outlet noted. 


The deal comes shortly after The Daily Mail originally shared photographs of Owens working as a cashier at a New Jersey Trader Joe's. Fox News later picked up the story.

Owens played Elvin, the husband of Sondra Huxtable, for five seasons on the hit sitcom “The Cosby Show” from 1985 to 1992.

After photos were publicly shared online of him working at a grocery store, Owens said he felt like he was being “job shamed” and was “really devastated” at first.

But he said the devastation passed when he got an outpouring of support from all over the world, Owens said this week on the ABC morning show "Good Morning America."

Perry was one of those who reached out to offer the actor support and help.

#GeoffreyOwens I’m about to start shootings OWN’s number one drama next week! Come join us!!!” Perry tweeted on Tuesday. “I have so much respect for people who hustle between gigs. The measure of a true artist.”

Dayna Steele, a U.S. House candidate in Texas’s 35th District, also reached out to praise Owens's work ethic on Twitter last week. 

He still acts and directs, but said on “Good Morning America” that he picked up the job at Trader Joe’s after more than three decades in entertainment to help his family.

Owens told Roberts that he hopes there is a “re-evaluation” around the working class following his experience.

“A re-evaluation of what it means to work and a re-evaluation of the ideas that some jobs are better than others, because that is actually not true," Owens said. 

“There is no job that’s better than another job,” he continued. “It might pay better, it might have better benefits, it might look better on a resume and on paper. But actually, it’s not better. Every job is worthwhile and valuable.”