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After Being Job-Shamed, ‘Cosby Show’s’ Geoffrey Owens Speaks Out; Tyler Perry Offers Him Gig On OWN Drama

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So much has happened to former ‘Cosby Show’ star Geoffrey Owens since last week’s published photos of him bagging groceries as a cashier at a Trader Joe’s in New Jersey.

After the attempt at job-shaming Owens, so many in the soap opera and show business communities came to his defense and were appalled by the actions of the Daily Mall and Fox News for making a mockery out of a man working an honest living.  The story and the photos became a lighting-rod issue for those on social media.

On Tuesday, Owens spoke out in his first public interview on Good Morning America since all the attention came down upon him as told to anchor, Robin Roberts.  Geoffrey had appeared on the The Cosby Show from 1985-1992 in the role of Elvin Tibideaux. During his interview, he wore his Trader Joe pin on his jacket.

Owens revealed he was working at the grocery store for 15 months. When he first took the job it was partly based on wanting to have “flexibility” in his schedule, so he could still pursue his first love of staying in show biz.  Since all of this happened, he has now quit his job there.

He admitted he was at first “devastated” when the photos made their way onto social media, but things quickly changed when the response to the story surfaced and they were all so positive that Owen shared was “amazing.”

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Enter Tyler Perry!  The actor/writer/producer sent out a tweet to Owens that said “ 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.”   The show Tyler is speaking of is the soap drama, The Haves and the Have Nots!

Geoffrey also told GMA this morning “I wouldn’t mind getting auditions … but I wouldn’t feel comfortable with someone giving me a job because this happened. I want to get a job because I’m the right person for that job.”  Watch the interview below.

So, what do you think of how Owens was job-shamed?  Haven’t we all been there in a our lives doing what we can to make ends meet?  Were you impressed by how those in Hollywood rallied around him?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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I don’t know about the Cosby show- only what has been seen over Bill Cosby, so never seen/head of this Geoffrey guy.
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I believe it was cruel of the person to post her find on the internet/social media .
I do not do Facebook, its a place that can destroy a person in Many different ways- personally or career.

I do not have a twitter account, I have read twitter, tweets posted and its mostly hate/anger or crazy talk.
I don’t do social media, but have read them.

And what happened to this guy, humiliating him etc proves my point.

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I totally agree with you su000. There is much too much hate and anger in the world and we don’t need more platforms for spreading them around.

I don’t know Geoffrey Owens from Adam; but, I applaud him for being responsible enough to find work and take care of himself. I wish him the very best in the future. Also, bravo to Tyler Perry for extending a helping hand.

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I completely respect anyone who hustles! Good for Geoffrey! I have total respect!

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Although,most of us do not know Owens, we should all be proud of him. He is successful in his own right just by working at any honest job.
Better than using the “welfare” path, isn’t it? He is feeding his family and paying his bills and taxes…..as any American should!! You go Geoffrey!! Stand proud!!
There is no shame in working—-even one that is regarded menial by this shallow, vacuous excuse for a human being. He/she is the one who should be whipped and stoned. For shame!!

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However, news today from CBS has that it has renewed its top daytime talker, and the series will live to see another day for its upcoming 12th season this fall.

Having debuted in October 2010, the show now features Carrie Ann Inaba (who also serves as the show’s moderator), Sheryl Underwood, Amanda Kloots, and Elaine Welteroth as it primary co-hosts.

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The series put out this tweet on their pick-up sharing: “JUST ANNOUNCED! #TheTalk has been officially renewed for another year on @CBSreturning for a 12th season in 2021-2022! More fun, more topics, more talk!”

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His daughter, actress Andrea Gabriel (Lost) shared the news of his passing via her Instagram account.

In her statement, Andrea shared: “It is with an unspeakably heavy heart that I share the news of my father’s passing.  John Gabriel was my hero, my role model, and my champion, but above all, my daddy… I will love you forever.”

Gabriel’s run on Ryan’s Hope was in two parts.  He started with the ABC daytime drama series in 1975 and stayed till 1985.  He then returned from 1988 to 1989.  Seneca’s love story with Jillian Coleridge (the late Nancy Addison Altman) was often front and center on the series.

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As soap fans know, John was married to another former soap star, Sandy Gabriel (Ex-Edna Thornton, All My Children and  Ex-Christine Venet Ryan’s Hope), and is also survived by his other daughter Melissa and their two grandsons.

Throughout his daytime soap career, Gabriel received one Daytime Emmy nomination back in 1980.  He also appeared in roles on General Hospital, Loving, The Bold and the Beautiful, Generations and Days of our Lives.

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In 1995, Gabriel produced the late Charles Grodin’s talk show Charles Grodin for CNBC.

No official cause of death for Gabriel was revealed, and no memorial plans as of this moment.

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The CBS broadcast will airs on Friday, June 25 at 8 p.m. ET on the network as well as streaming live on Paramount Plus.

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According to Variety, “Underwood will emcee the show from Los Angeles, where a stage has been set up for the show, but the pre-taped broadcast will also include presenters and honorees from their own show studios and homes to accept their awards. Although many of the key daytime drama, game and talk show awards will be presented on the telecast, additional winners will be announced simultaneously on Twitter, via the @DaytimeEmmys handle.”

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