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Geoffrey Owens Responds To Tyler Perry's Job Offer After Being Shamed For Working At Trader Joe's

By Jonna Ivin-Patton

Actor Geoffrey Owens, who played uptight and often misogynistic Elvin Tibideaux on the Cosby Show, may be headed over to OWN Network. Tyler Perry reached out to Owens on Twitter and offered him a job on The Haves and the Have Nots.  

Owens, who has been on a media blitz after being shamed and outed for having a job (like everyone else in the world) responded to the offer with the same grace and dignity he has displayed since the story broke. 4

Talking to Entertainment Tonight he said:

That was kind of cool. 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. 
I don't expect to be offered things. 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.