Geoffrey Owens Makes Return to TV On Tyler Perry’s “The Haves and the Have Nots”

Geoffrey Owens, Tyler Perry (Michael Loccisano/Getty Images; Desiree Navarro/WireImage)

After being shamed when photos surfaced of him bagging groceries at Trader Joe’s, The Cosby Show actor Geoffrey Owens has returned to TV.

In a new interview with Good Morning America, the actor can be seen on set at Tyler Perry‘s Atlanta studios. He scored a recurring role in season 6 of Perry’s hit OWN drama, The Haves and the Have Nots, after the producer/filmmaker heard about the job-shaming controversy.

“There’s this little sense of mischief, I think, to Tyler — as well as generosity. Because I had just said, ‘I don’t think I would really feel comfortable getting offered work because of the situation,’ — and darn it, what does he do? He offers me work,” Owens, 57, said with a laugh.

Perry, 49, told GMA he understands Owens’ situation because he came from humble beginnings himself, recalling his days “sleeping in my car, struggling, wondering how I was going to pay the bills.”

“And to get to this place, to have seen both sides of this, has been really incredible,” he said. “That’s why I feel like I’m the guy for the underdog. Sometimes things just don’t work out, and that’s okay. You do what you have to do in between … until it gets there.”

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