Cosby Show alum and veteran actor Geoffrey Owens recently became a topic of headlines for reasons beyond his doing after he was photographed, without consent, working his job as a Trader Joe's crew member.
The image has since gone viral with Fox News running a disturbing piece ridiculing the actor for working the blue color occupation. Since then, Owens remained mum, but he recently broke his silence in a sit-down interview with Good Morning America's Robin Roberts, and he had a few things to get off his chest.
Owens, sitting before Roberts and proudly wearing his Trader Joe's name tag, revealed that he was initially "really devastated" after the Fox News story aired. However, after noticing the outpouring of support from his celebrity peers and fans alike, he explained that his mood and outlook completely transformed.
"The period of devastation was so short because so shortly after that, the responses, my wife and I started to read [them]... and fortunately, the shame part didn't last very long," he said. "It's amazing... It's really overwhelming, in a good way."
After adding that he, ironically, felt like an overnight celebrity, he expressed his gratitude to the swarms of people who came to his defense.
"I really want to thank everybody out there for the incredible support, the amazing support and positivity that they've shown for me," he said. "It's quite astounding."
Sharing exactly why he chose to work at the popular grocery story for what he revealed was a period of 15 months, he added that he simply needed the "flexibility" and an extra means of income to make ends meet for him and his family.
He then went on to stress that he hopes his experience will force the public to reevaluate "what it means to work, the honor of the working person, [and] the dignity of work."
Also, he made one more thing abundantly clear: "No one should feel sorry for me. I've had a great life. I've had a great career. I've had a career that most actors would die for. So no one has to feel sorry for me. I'm doing fine!"
Take a look at the segment, below:
(Photo by FOX via Getty Images)