Geoffrey Owens


Geoffrey Owens will need to take a leave of absence from Trader Joe's.

The "Cosby Show" alum made headlines last week after being spotted working at Trader Joe's, then getting job-shamed for it, then receiving an avalanche of support from social media.

One of those supporters was Tyler Perry, who tweeted a job offer at Owens: "I'm about to start shooting 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."

Now, Owens has accepted that offer and he'll recur in 10 episodes of Season 6 of Perry's OWN series "The Have and the Have Nots." Filming begins in Atlanta soon.

After the public shaming and Owens' media appearances to address the situation, he was adamant that he didn't want handouts. He hoped to land more auditions, but only wanted an acting job if he was right for it. Still, several TV offers came in, including Perry's.

"It's been a real generosity of spirit and a generosity of action where that is concerned," he told The Hollywood Reporter.