The past couple weeks have been quite different for former Cosby Show star Geoffrey Owens. He went from quietly living a normal life working at Trader Joe’s to having his face plastered all over the news due to an incriminating photo someone snapped to job shame him. In a matter of days, Geoffrey’s life was turned upside down and he admitted it was all quite devastating. But now, several opportunities have been made readily available to him as a result of the disheartening incident.
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Blessings On top of Blessings:
By now, everyone knows Geoffrey was offered a role on Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots; a role he has graciously accepted. But, according to Atlanta Black Star, that’s not the only opportunity that has come his way. It has been reported that multiple acting offers have been presented to Geoffrey and he’s even been contacted by Dancing with the Stars. On Tuesday, September 4, Geoffrey appeared on Entertainment Tonight where he opened up about the recent offers.
“I don’t expect to be offered things,” he explains. “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.”
He went on to admit he hasn’t even viewed one of Tyler Perry’s shows. Although he’s been in the acting game for years, ironically, he admitted he doesn’t watch TV. “This is going to sound funny. I’m not a TV watcher,” Owens says with a laugh. “Never have been. I remember the day that my first Cosby show aired back in ’85! I didn’t even… I barely owned a television. We had to borrow my brother’s TV and set it up. It was this little, dinky thing with the satellite, the little rabbit ears and stuff, in order to watch my first show. I’ve never been a television watcher.”
As for the offer from Dancing with the Stars, Geoffrey admitted the most recent offer isn’t their first time reaching out to him. “To their credit, they [reached out] years ago before this stuff came up,” he explained.
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A ‘Cosby’ Surprise:
During the interview, Geoffrey also received a heartwarming surprise when the phone rung. He had no clue the show’s producers had quietly worked to orchestrate a reunion between him and one of his former co-stars. So he was quite shocked to see Keshia Knight-Pulliam on the FaceTime call. Amid the job-shaming incident, Keshia decided to reach out to Geoffrey. “You’re causing quite a ruckus!” she told her former co-star. “I didn’t mean to!” Geoffrey replied. After the two laughed about the situation, Keshia offered a few words of encouragement.
“Well look, I’m proud of you,” Keshia said. “As a working actor, you need to do what you have to do for your family, and there’s nothing wrong with a hard day’s work.”
The whole situation surrounding Geoffrey Owens has garnered an array of reactions from people all over the world. Most people have admitted the outcome has been heartwarming and inspiring. Many fans have congratulated Geoffrey on the latest opportunities he’s received. “I support him and I’m happy that this has turned out be such a warm, feel-good story,” she explained to ET. “I’ll start watching ‘The Haves and the Have Nots’ just to see Geoffrey shine. I’ve been feeling so embarrassed lately. I have a 4-year degree and drive uber. This gives me hope :)”
“What the devil meant for evil God is turning it around for his good!!!” Congratulations to Geoffrey Owens!