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Geoffrey Owens Quits Clifton Trader Joe's After Job-Shaming Article Goes Viral

Actors and fans are jumping to the defense of former "Cosby Show" actor Geoffrey Owens, who was spotted working at Trader Joe's in Clifton.
Actors and fans are jumping to the defense of former "Cosby Show" actor Geoffrey Owens, who was spotted working at Trader Joe's in Clifton. Photo Credit: Justine Bateman (Twitter)/Karma Lawrence in Fox News

UPDATE : "Cosby Show" actor Geoffrey Owens reportedly quit his job working at Trader Joe's in Clifton after receiving an influx of attention over articles job-shaming him for working as a cashier.

The 57-year-old appeared on "Good Morning America" Tuesday proudly wearing his Trader Joe's name tag. He said the period of devastation didn't last long because of the many celebrities who jumped to his defense.

Owens said he was recognized often in the past, but no one made a big deal about it.

*** ORIGINAL STORY ***

"There's no shame in honest, hard work."

That's the message that several actors are preaching after a photo of "Cosby Show" star Geoffrey Owens working at a Clifton Trader Joe's went viral last week. Owens, who played Elvin between 1985 and 1992 on the show, was spotted by a customer working as a cashier at the Allwood Road store.

The Daily Mail last Monday ran the photo of 57-year-old Owens with the headline: "From learning lines to serving the long line!" And Fox News also ran a story saying he was spotted bagging groceries.

To those, Owens' supporters said: Good for him.

"#NOSHAME in good, honest, hard work," Blair Underwood tweeted .

"He’s being a man in doing what he needs to do to provide for himself and his family. Much respect to you Sir!"

Justine Bateman from "Family Ties" was among the many people who jumped to support Owens and even scold the person who took the photo.

"So, 26 years after one TV job, this guy looks differently (shock) and is earning an honest living at a Trader Joe’s," Bateman said in a tweet . "The people taking his picture and passing judgment are trash."

After the NFL, Terry Crews swept floors and said he'd do it again.

"Good honest work is nothing to be ashamed of," said Crews , who played for the Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers and Washington Redskins.

Chris Rankin, who played Percy Weasley in "Harry Potter," worked in a kitchen at a pub called Wetherspoons after being in the movie series, "and there's no shame in that," he said.

"And you know what? I really enjoyed it," Rankin said. "You do what you need to do and that's nothing to be ashamed of."

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