Cosby actor responds after being 'job-shamed' at Trader Joe's

Update'Cosby Show Actor Geoffrey Owens Quit Trader Joe's Over Attention

Geoffrey Owens on Trader Joe’s Job Shaming: ‘I Was Really Devastated’ But ‘More A Celebrity Now’ Than Ever

Richert, 40, took to Twitter on Tuesday to explain he now works as a janitor, maintenance man, and carpenter, highlighting how hard it is for actors to get regular work.

Here's what happened: In late August, a shopper in the Clifton, NJ store recognized Owens as he was working behind the register.

Owens, 57, played the boyfriend-turned-husband of Sondra Huxtable on "The Cosby Show" and was a regular character on the show's last five seasons. "I don't feel sorry for myself about that". I really enjoyed it! "I don't think that's right". But after an outpouring of support from fans and fellow actors, he says he's "doing fine". Justine Bateman, who also found fame as a sitcom actress in the 1980s when she starred in Family Ties, took to Twitter to express her views. "The people taking his picture and passing judgment are trash".

Owens shared a message for media outlets that, in his view, tried to "exploit" his experiences. Indeed, Owens is in fact still very much a working actor, making recent television appearances on series such as HBO's Divorce, Blue Bloods, Lucifer, Elementary, and so on.

Indeed, working several jobs to make ends meet is no rarity for actors and artists - as the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists highlighted in a tweet on Labor Day in support of Owens.

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"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". Appearing on Good Morning America on September 4, the actor explained his initial reaction to the leaked photos.

"This business of my being this "Cosby" guy who got shamed for working at Trader Joe's, that's going to pass". Owens revealed that he has quit his job at Trader Joe's over the unwanted attention, but the company said he's welcome back anytime.

Owens said, "the period of devastation was so short, because so shortly after that, the responses -my wife and I started to read these responses from literally all over the world of support and so, fortunately, the shame part didn't last very long".

Actors and celebrities rushed to defend the actor, which Owens told ABC was "really overwhelming, in a good way".

"I feel like I'm more of a celebrity now than I've ever been". "I really want to thank everybody out there: family, friends, Hollywood community and the general public for the incredible support, the awesome support and positivity that they've shown for me". The job-shaming story also described Owens as wearing an ID badge and a "Trader Joe's T-shirt with stain marks on the front as he weighed a bag of potatoes". "But actually, it's not better". But, actually, it's not better. Every job is worthwhile and valuable, and if we have a kind of a rethinking about that because of what's happened to me, that would be great. But no one should feel sorry for me, either from a positive or negative perspective.

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