Social media reaction was swift. Many users expressed shock that a onetime celebrity — Owens played Bill Cosby's son-in-law, Elvin, on the hit sitcom for five seasons in the '80s and '90s — would have to resort to a job at a grocery store, while many others came to Owens' defense. In fact, a number of fellow actors even chimed in with their own stories of having to work day jobs in between acting gigs.
And now, mere hours after Owens appeared on "Good Morning America" to offer his perspective on the public outcry, Tyler Perry has taken to Twitter with a job offer: "#GeoffreyOwens 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."
"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star Terry Cruz tweeted, "I swept floors AFTER the NFL. If need be, I'd do it again. Good honest work is nothing to be ashamed of."