'Cosby Show' Alum Geoffrey Owens Speaks out After Being Job-Shamed

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

Just days after the "Cosby Show" actor was spotted working at a Trader Joe's in New Jersey and being job-shamed by some media outlets, he is now being offered a new acting gig by Tyler Perry. But not long after the photos went viral, other commentators and fellow actors started flooding Owens with support, empathy and stories from their own careers. "I really enjoyed it", Rankin said. "It was hurtful but very short lived".

But then he got serious, talking about humility and the ethic of hard work. I wish there were more people with as much integrity as #GeoffreyOwens.

"I didn't advertise that I was at Trader Joe's, not that I was ashamed of it but because I didn't want the entertainment community deciding, 'Well, he's doing that, he's not pursuing acting anymore.' I felt like I had to be careful about that".

After a story ran in a British tabloid, the actor was mocked online, even "job shamed", as one social media user put it. I hope that this publicity leads to him to landing a major role. It made me feel really bad.

"People recognized me every day and they were very, very cool about it", Owens said of his job at the popular grocery store.

A former Cosby Show actor is speaking out after a photograph surfaced showing him working at a grocery store in what many perceived as an attempt to shame him for his job. "No one should feel sorry for me". '[Trader Joe's] said instead of leaving, why not just call it a temporary leave of absence.

Former soap opera actress and acting teacher Kathleen Kellaigh said she admires Owens, adding when she left the show "Guiding Light" she stayed out of the public eye.

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"People don't realize because of the reruns that [the show] ended 26 years ago". "Most of those jobs were theater jobs that pay a lot less than television and film".

'I'm now a maintenance man, a janitor, a carpenter, and do whatever random jobs I can get to pay the bills'. "I wouldn't mind auditions..."

Owens, 57, played the boyfriend-turned-husband of Sondra Huxtable on "The Cosby Show" and was a regular character on the show's last five seasons.

"I lost a lot of money from that, yes", Owens said. "No one has to feel sorry for me; I'm doing fine". "But the fact is that was another contributing factor, along with everything else everyone has to deal with - medical bills, auto issues, kids in college, you name it". "I feel like I have to earn a job in this industry".

"There's no job that's better than another job", he said.

"I hope that this period that we're in now, where we have a heightened sensitivity about that, and a reevaluation of what it means to work and the idea that some jobs are better than others - that's actually not true", he said.

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