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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.

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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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Carroll, who was first-known for her amazing singing voice, and then as an actress, received a Tony Award and an Oscar nomination in her legendary career. She also make television history for her turns on Julia and Dynasty.

In her role as Julia, Carroll, became the first African American female to star in a non-stereotypical role in her own primetime network series . Julia, premiered in September 1968, finished No. 7 in the ratings in the first of its three seasons, and Carroll received an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe for her work.

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And later in her career, after loving ABC’s primetime soap, Dynasty, Carroll got the attention of producer Aaron Spelling to create a role on the show for her. And thus she became the one and only Dominique Deveraux … the half-sister of Blake Carrington (John Forstyhe).

That part broke ground as well, for Diahann in 1984, became the first featured African American character on a prime time soap.  Carroll later appeared on the Dynasty spinoff, The Colbys,  In films, Carroll earned her Oscar nomination for her work in Claudine (1974),

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Diahann was married four times.  In addition to her daughter, she is survived by her grandchildren, August and Sydney.

For more on the passing of Diahann Carroll check out the Hollywood Reporter.

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Over the last several hours, reports have broke that one of daytime’s most notable scribes has died.  Hogan Sheffer, who was head writer at As the World Turns, Days of our Lives and The Young and the Restless has passed away at the age of 61.

Soap Hub, first reported the news via multiple sources, however, many writers who worked with Hogan during his tenure on the soaps have taken to social media to share their condolences and their grief and remembrances.

Sheffer’s appearance on the soap scene was unexpected, especially in a genre where it is often rare for new blood to take the reins at the head writer position.  Proctor & Gamble had decided to bring in Hogan after his work as the Director of Screenplay Development for DreamWorks, not because of his writing credits for a previous network soap.  He was given trial deal as a breakdown writer for the CBS soap and 10-weeks in became the beloved town of Oakdale’s new head writer.

Hogan and his then writing team were able to turn the classic, As the World Turns around.  The show went up in the ratings and during his time with the series ‘World Turn’s’ won two Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series, and he and the writing team picked up four Emmy victories all through 2000-2004.

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Next, Sheffer landed in Salem as head writer of Days of our Lives along with Meg Kelly from 2006 through to the beginning of 2008.   He would later join The Young and the Restless and team up with then head writers: Maria Arena Bell and Scott Hamner, and eventually stay with the show till 2012.  During Sheffer’s time in Genoa City, Y&R also won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Writing in 2011.

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On Sunday, former WWE and daytime writer Tom Casiello, who was extremely close with Sheffer…  and who shared how Hogan gave him his start at writing in daytime, took to his Facebook page to pay tribute to a man who had such an impact on his life and many others.  It is worth the read here. 

Y&R writer, Sara Bibel tweeted: “Hogan Sheffer was a gamechanger for ATWT and daytime. Everyone I know who worked with him adored him. RIP”

And, iconic ATWT star, Martha Byrne (Ex-Lily) tweeted on Sheffer’s passing: “To say he was one of a kind would be a tremendous understatement. Our years at ATWT with Hogan at the helm were a rebirth for our beautiful show. Loved his writers, actors,crew. Blessed to have him on the first floor in Brooklyn ready to listen. Talented. Funny. Generous. RIP”

Colleen Zenk (Ex-Barbara, ATWT) also took to Twitter upon learning of the passing of Sheffer sharing: “I loved him, loved him, loved him… he was so good to me. Thank you for everything, Hogan. You were so loved. Especially, by me… Rest in peace…”

Michael Fairman TV will continue to bring you updates as the soap world mourns the loss of a creative force in our genre.  Share your condolences and thoughts on the death of Hogan Sheffer via the comment section below.

 

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Kelly told PEOPLE.com about the birth of her new little bundle of joy:  “We keep looking at her in disbelief that we made her/  We look at her and try to figure out who she looks more like. She has my hair because I also was born with a ton, and she definitely has Darin’s height.” Darin commented: “Long lean and with great hair — she’s already a supermodel!”

Today on Thursday, Kruger tweeted: “She’s here! Everleigh Jolie Brooks 9/22/19 We are so in love!!!”

While hubby, Brooks tweeted: “She’s heeeeerrrreeeee!!!  Welcome Everleigh Jolie Brooks! Born on 09/22/2019 These two little munchkins changed my life @KrugerKelly”

Send your congratulations and well-wishes to Darin, Kelly and their baby girl Everleigh via the comment section below!

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