Actor Geoffrey Owens (left) and movie mogul Tyler Perry.
Photo: Robin Marchant / Getty Images
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'Cosby' star Geoffrey Owens flattered by Tyler Perry's 'very generous' job offer

Former “Cosby Show” actor Geoffrey Owens, who was captured on video bagging groceries as an employee of a Trader Joe’s in New Jersey, said he was flattered by Atlanta mogul Tyler Perry’s Twitter job offer Tuesday.

>> Tyler Perry offers ‘Cosby’ star Geoffrey Owens work after Trader Joe’s job goes viral

“That was kind of cool,” Owens told "Entertainment Tonight" on Tuesday. “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.”

He said he doesn’t want to just be handed a job. He’d like to earn it.

Perry was referencing a possible gig on his OWN drama “The Haves and the Have Nots,” which is the network’s highest-rated show. It’s shot at Tyler Perry Studios at Fort McPherson in Atlanta. 

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Owens, 57, said he quit the Trader Joe’s job for his own spiritual well-being after The Daily Mail and Fox News posted photos from a shopper of him bagging groceries. He said people had begun staking out the place just to see him. 

He was upset about the unflattering comments at first, but a subsequent outpouring of support from fans and folks who believe he was being “shamed” made him feel better. 

Owens played Sondra Huxtable's doctor husband Elvin Tibideaux on “The Cosby Show” for 44 episodes from 1985 to 1992, according to

He continues to work as an actor, but he said he needed a flexible job between teaching and acting gigs. 

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In recent years, he’s had single-episode roles on shows such as CBS’s “Elementary,” NBC’s “The Blacklist,” Fox’s “Lucifer,” CBS’s “Blue Bloods,” HBO’s “Divorce” and HBO’s “The Affair.”

After “The Cosby Show,” he said he never had an acting job that lasted more than 10 weeks. In other words, over the past 26 years, he was never able to nab a job as a regular on a scripted TV show that lasted any significant length of time. 

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