The former “Cosby Show” actor job-shamed by some media outlets over the weekend with photos showing him working at a Trader Joe’s in New Jersey to make ends meet, said Tuesday he was so upset that he quit his job.
“I was really devastated,” Geoffrey Owens, who lives in Montclair, said during an interview on Good Morning America.
But Owens said the outpouring of support he received on social media from the entertainment industry and beyond helped him through it.
“The period of devastation was so short because so shortly after that, the responses my wife and I started to read – literally all over the world … fortunately, the shame part didn’t last very long.”
“It hurt, but then, it’s amazing,” he said.
However, he has taught acting at Yale and worked other jobs related to entertainment. Those positions didn’t pay enough to make ends meet, he said.
The actor said he worked at the Trader Joe’s store for 15 months before photos of him working as a cashier appeared in the Daily Mail and on Fox News.