Tyler Perry Offers Geoffrey Owens To Join Him
Tyler Perry seems to have offered Geoffrey Owens a job. Here we show Tyler Perry speaking onstage at the 2018 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California – Photo: Leon Bennett/Getty Images North America.
Following the Cosby Show alum’s appearance on Good Morning America (GMA) on Tuesday to address viral photos of him working as a bagger at Trader Joe’s, Tyler Perry seems to have offered Geoffrey Owens a job, according to Margeaux Sippel of the well known entertainment industry news magazine Variety. “#GeoffreyOwns I’m about to start shootings OWN’s number one drama next week! Come join us!!!” Tyler Perry tweeted on Tuesday. So, Geoffrey Owens may have a new acting gig lined up.
In the GMA interview, Owens said he was initially hurt over being job shamed, but also encouraged at the outpouring of support from fellow actors and strangers alike. Responding to the negative press, Owens said, “Every job is worthwhile and valuable, and if we have a rethinking about that because of what has happened to me, that would be great.”
Tyler Perry agreed, remarking on Twitter, “I have so much respect for people who hustle between gigs. The measure of a true artist.”
Though Owens said he was flattered by Perry’s request that he join the cast of the OWN drama The Haves and the Have Nots, currently airing its sixth season, whether he will accept the offer remains to be seen. “I’m so skeptical,” he told Entertainment Tonight. “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.”
Owens also made a remark on GMA that indicates he might not accept an opportunity that arises from his current predicament. “I wouldn’t mind getting auditions … but I wouldn’t feel comfortable with someone giving me the job because this happened. I want to get a job because I’m the right person,” he said.