Over the Labor Day weekend, actor Geoffrey Owens was shamed after a photo of him bagging groceries at a New Jersey Trader Joe’s surfaced on the Daily Mail and other media outlets. He was quickly defended by fellow actors and others on social media and now, Tyler Perry has come to bat for him offering him a gig on his OWN drama series The Haves And The Have Nots.
“#GeoffreyOwens I’m about to start shootings OWN’s number one drama next week!” Perry wrote. “Come join us!!! I have so much respect for people who hustle between gigs. The measure of a true artist.”
Having appeared on a long list TV shows including The Blacklist, Divorce, and Lucifer after his role on The Cosby Show alum was basically making an honest living between gigs — yet he received flack for that. Earlier today, Owens appeared on Good Morning America with Robin Roberts where he said he was “really devastated” at first, when early news accounts portrayed his job as a fall from grace. ”
The period of devastation was so short because so shortly after that, the responses, my wife and I started to read [them] … and fortunately the shame part didn’t last very long,” he said. “It’s amazing.”
With Perry’s offer, it looks like Owens will be perfectly fine and his honest living is anything but a fall from grace.