Former Cosby Star Geoffrey Owens Speaks Out After Being Spotted Working At Trader Joes

September 5, 2018

Geoffrey Owens could be making a return to TV after quitting his job at Trader Joes.

Last week photos were published of The Cosby Show alum bagging groceries at a Trader Joe’s in New Jersey. Owens, who worked at the grocery store for 15 months, first took the job because he wanted “flexibility” in order to stay in the entertainment business; he’s since quit over all the attention. 

Appearing on Good Morning America yesterday, Owens, who played Elvin Tibideaux on The Cosby Show from 1985-92, said he was “really devastated”at first after the photos came out — until celebrities and fans alike jumped to his defense on social media. “The period of devastation was so short because so shortly after that, the responses, my wife and I started to read [them> … and fortunately the shame part didn’t last very long,” he said. “It’s amazing.”

“It’s really overwhelming, in a good way,” he continued. “I kind of feel like that character in that Woody Allen movie that wakes up one morning and he’s a celebrity all of a sudden … it came out of nowhere. I really want to thank everybody out there … for the incredible support, the amazing support and positivity that they’ve shown for me. It’s quite astounding.” Owens added that there’s been “all kinds of interest” in the past few days, but he “wouldn’t feel comfortable getting acting jobs from this event.” “I wouldn’t mind getting auditions … but I wouldn’t feel comfortable with someone giving me a job because this happened,” he said. “I want to get a job because I’m the right person for that job.”