Geoffrey Owens Gets Job with ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ After Being Job Shamed for Working at Trader Joe’s

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Former “Cosby Show” actor Geoffrey Owens continues to hit the jackpot after he was job shamed for working at Trader Joe’s.

After telling “Entertainment Tonight” last week that “Dancing with the Stars” reached out for him to join the show, Owens is sticking to acting gigs after landing a part on “NCIS: New Orleans.”

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NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 10: Actor Geoffrey Owens attends the 9th Annual TV Land Awards at the Javits Center on April 10, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

Owens will play Commander Adams on the CBS show, according to Entertainment Weekly. The character is a valuable old friend that Dwayne Cassius “King” Pride, who was shot in April’s season finale, leans on for support.

“For Commander Adams, we needed someone with compassion, competence, and heart. That’s Geoffrey in a nutshell,” executive producer Christopher Silber told EW. “An accomplished actor who seemed like the perfect fit to add to our extended repertory company. We’re lucky to have him on the show.”

Owens will appear in episode six of the show’s fifth season. The episode is slated to air in October.

This is just the latest gig the actor has scored since photos emerged of him working as a bagger at a Clifton, N.J. location of the grocery chain in August. Owens has reportedly accepted an offer for a role on Tyler Perry’s OWN drama “The Haves and the Have Nots,” on which he’ll reportedly appear in 10 episodes.

Owens, who has previously gotten work in the form of guest roles on shows like “Lucifer,” was launched back into the public spotlight when unflattering photos of him at Trader Joe’s surfaced in the Daily Mail. What initially began as a job shaming incident transformed into celebrities and everyday people alike rallying behind Owens making an honest living. Still, the attention led the “Cosby” album to quit the bagging job after 15 months.

As for Owens’ DWTS status, he was not announced as one of the cast members for the 27th season.

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