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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.
but!!
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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Celia

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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According to production sources viaTMZ: Jussie was supposed to have nine scenes and a big musical performance in the second-to-last episode of Season 5,  Now, five scenes and the musical number have been axed.  Smollett’s character is also no longer the focus of his remaining four scenes, which will now feature an ensemble of characters.

The actor/singer who portrays Jamal Lyon will be working Friday and possibly Thursday but won’t be rehearsing.

The Empire writers are said to have been scrambling over the last 24 hours to revise this season’s scripts.

All of this despite despite strongly expressed renewed support by Empire showrunner Brett Mahoney on February 17th.  The goal now is said to be to reduce Smollett’s role both in dramatic stints and musical performances.

Empire returns for the remainder of its fifth season on March 13.

Smollett claims he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack near his Chicago apartment, but things took a turn when he may have paid two friends to help stage the assault.

This case is said to be going before a Grand Jury as early as today.

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TODAY: Y&R’s Melody Thomas Scott Visits ‘The Talk’ As Her 40th Anniversary Week As Nikki Newman Kicks-Off

On today’s broadcast of the CBS afternoon series, The Talk, the ladies welcome Y&R icon, Melody Thomas Scott, who this week celebrates her incredible 40th anniversary with the show as Nikki Newman.

During her segment, Melody chats on Wednesday’s upcoming standalone episode where Nikki is in jail reflecting on her life.  Wednesday is also the exact date of Thomas Scott’s 40th anniversary with the CBS Daytime drama series.

During the segment Melody fills the ladies in on the “All About Nikki” episode, as she relates:  “I was so thrilled that they did this. It’s truly, really the life of Nikki in the entirety of the episode. It’s all about Nikki. And she’s in jail. She’s writing a letter to her grandchildren so that she can explain who she really is, how she got to where she is.  I have to narrate it, I’ve got a voice-over, a long voice-over. And then, as I’m thinking about all these different times in my life, I can’t believe I’m referring to me as her, her life, then we see the flashbacks. And for the longtime viewers, even current viewers, it is such a trip down memory lane. I mean, you are on that train and you’re not getting off…all of the clips have not been seen since they were first aired.”

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In addition, Melody addresses the passing of her longtime co-star and friend, Kristoff St. John relating:  “I adored him. We all adored him. There was something very unique and magical about him. He would just draw you into his wonderful world. And all of his bear hugs, I can’t believe I’ll never get a bear hug. Going to any kind of event, any party, the first thing I said when I got there was ‘Where’s Kristoff?’ I want to find Kristoff, I want to be with him, I want to be in his air space. Because that’s the kind of guy he was, and I think that came through on camera. I think everybody sensed that, I mean everybody adored him.”

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Already given out and announced was the winner in the Daytime Drama category and the winning writing team was ABCs General Hospital which bested the only other nominees in the category, Days of our Lives.

The team consisting of head writers: Shelly Altman, Christopher Van Etten; Writers: Barbara Bloom, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Donny Sheldon, Scott Sickles, took home the prestigious honor.

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