On her Queen Radio show on Thursday, Minaj called Owens a “legend.”
“I personally want to donate on behalf of Queen Radio $25,000 to Geoffrey Owens,” she said. “You know why? Imma tell you something. This man is a whole ... legend in these streets.”
Minaj also railed against the two women who snapped photos of Owens working as a cashier and posted them online.
“Why you want to embarrass this hard-working man?” Minaj asked. She “honored” the pair with “cocksucker of the day” awards.
“Y’all don’t know how difficult it is to keep getting jobs ... and you want to put somebody up on the fucking internet?” Minaj added.
Again, why is this news? When I worked on “Thirtysomething” I was also summarizing depositions to pay my rent. Why are you trying to humiliate this honorable, hardworking actor? Shame on you! #geoffreyowens - many great blessings are coming your way! https://t.co/8tgvW3iixr
— Patricia Heaton (@PatriciaHeaton) September 2, 2018
And he’s making more money than Cosby these days. Good for him. Now maybe some casting director will take note of a fine man who swallows his pride and is willing to work. #GeoffreyOwenshttps://t.co/B1rkk5vLjC
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) September 2, 2018
Owens called the whole incident “devastating.” However, he was quickly flooded with support on social media, which he said was “incredibly overwhelming” and “very encouraging.”
“I’d been teaching acting and directing for 30-plus years, but it just got to a point where it didn’t add up enough,” Owen said on “Good Morning America” on Tuesday.Owens said he was proud of his work and that “every job is worthwhile and valuable.”
Since the flap began, Owens has been offered several acting jobs. Actor/director Tyler Perry even invited him to join the cast of his new show:
#GeoffreyOwens I’m about to start shootings OWN’s number one drama next week! Come join us!!! I have so much respect for people who hustle between gigs. The measure of a true artist.
— Tyler Perry (@tylerperry) September 4, 2018
Owens played Elvin Tibideaux, Sondra Huxtable’s doctor husband, on the hit NBC sitcom that ran until 1992. He has appeared in dozens of other roles since then.
“I’m more a celebrity now than when I actually was a celebrity,” he quipped on “Good Morning America.”