Actor Geoffrey Owens, who played uptight and often misogynistic Elvin Tibideaux on the Cosby Show, may be headed over to OWN Network. Tyler Perry reached out to Owens on Twitter and offered him a job on The Haves and the Have Nots.
#GeoffreyOwens 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.
— Tyler Perry (@tylerperry) September 4, 2018
Owens, who has been on a media blitz after being shamed and outed for having a job (like everyone else in the world) responded to the offer with the same grace and dignity he has displayed since the story broke. 4
Talking to Entertainment Tonight he said:
That was kind of cool. I mean, that kind of sounded like he was saying, ‘Come work with me.’ I’m so, like, skeptical. Like, really? Are you actually saying come work with me? Because we’ve never worked together before. So, that’s a very, very generous thing for him to say. And we’ll see what happens with that. But, that’s encouraging.
I don’t expect to be offered things. It would be lovely as one of the results of this, some doors open in terms of giving me the opportunity to audition. That, I would appreciate — always, as all actors do. I don’t necessarily feel comfortable being given things as a result of this. I mean, I’m not in a position to turn things down but… I don’t expect that kind of thing. I like the idea of, you know, put me in the room with everyone else and see if I’m the right one for the job.
The controversy began when FOX tweeted a photo implying Owens was “caught” doing something wrong.
'Cosby Show' actor Geoffrey Owens spotted bagging groceries at NJ Trader Joe's https://t.co/bhkxWYa9gq
— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 31, 2018
The backlash over the tweet was immediate.
— Blair Underwood (@BlairUnderwood) September 2, 2018
A special note for the few who are critical of this post, who insist that “we’re making it worse by spreading the story,” Geoffrey Owens contacted me directly to express his gratitude for the post and for all the positive responses.
— Justine Bateman (@JustineBateman) September 2, 2018
— terrycrews (@terrycrews) September 2, 2018
Good for you, Mr. Owens. Good for you.
— Nancy Sinatra (@NancySinatra) September 3, 2018
Delete this. Shame on you.
— Yashar Ali (@yashar) August 31, 2018
What could have been a negative was quickly turned around as Owens’ story touched many of those who have a dream and also have to pay bills.
Owens talked to CNN about how he’s been feeling since the intrusive photo emerged:
I was only devastated for an hour or two. It was hurtful but very short lived. What has been sustained, now over days, is how much love and support there is. Not just for me, but for working people. The idea that, ‘Hey, what’s wrong with working at Trader Joe’s, or any job like that?
They set out to exploit the thing in us, in the public, that wants to see stories about people who were once great or celebrated, now fallen. There’s something in us that is titillated by that and that is what those news outlets are exploiting. I would say, I hope you learned your lesson. I hope that you see that people are better than you think they are, that people don’t want to celebrate people’s downfalls. They want to lift people up
“The Cosby Show” actor Geoffrey Owens won’t let anyone shame him for having a side job at Trader Joe’s. The viral news DID convince Tyler Perry to offer Owens a new acting gig, though. pic.twitter.com/LcwpjFohke
— HuffPost (@HuffPost) September 5, 2018
Director Tyler Perry offers 'Cosby Show' actor Geoffrey Owens a role after he was shamed for working at Trader Joe's https://t.co/qCcjeOVynB
— INSIDER (@thisisinsider) September 5, 2018
— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) September 4, 2018
People are all about this happening.
He needs to play RK's dad.
— Tyrell Speed (@tt6665646gtttt7) September 5, 2018
He was so smooth in his interview. He still has it.
— Tom Sloan (@tes2001) September 5, 2018
Thank goodness for people like @tylerperry. This warms my ❤️ to see good come from something hurtful.
— Shell (@seashellnow) September 5, 2018
You’re a blessing brother!
— Nathan Allen Pirtle (@workwthecoach) September 4, 2018
We can’t wait to see Owens back on the small screen.