Gregory Owens

After veteran actor Geoffrey Owens was shamed by Fox News for being spotted working at a Trader Joe’s in New Jersey, Tyler Perry was one of the millions who came forward to show support. He told The Cosby Show star to “join” him on set.

 “I’m about to start shootings OWN’s number one drama next week! Come join us,” Perry tweeted to Owens. ““I have so much respect for people who hustle between gigs. The measure of a true artist,” the director added.

Owens called Perry’s gesture “kind of cool,” But the Yale University grad doesn’t just want to get roles because people feel bad for him, he wants to earn them.

“I don’t expect to be offered things,” he told Robin Roberts of “Good Morning America”. “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.”

Sources: TMZ.com, Celebretainment.com, GMA.com

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