Geoffrey Owens says pulled reruns of 'The Cosby Show' after Bill Cosby's sex assault scandal led to job at Trader Joe's

Geoffrey Owens wound up bagging groceries at a New Jersey Trader Joe’s thanks in part to Bill Cosby’s sex assault scandal.

Owens, 57, said that one of the reasons he was forced to take on a side hustle in addition to acting was because when reruns of “The Cosby Show” were pulled from syndication, his residual checks disappeared with them.

“Yes, it impacted me financially,” the actor told People in a recent interview. “At the time that the show was pulled, that did make a difference in our income. That was one of the elements that led to my getting to the place where I said to myself, ‘I have to do something’ and I was thinking, ‘What can I do?’ and the answer ended up being Trader Joe’s, which is actually a wonderful situation for me in many ways. But I got to the point, I just had to do something to support myself and my family.”

Cosby, 81, was convicted of sexual assault in April and found guilty on three felony counts of drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University staffer Andrea Constand in his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004.

Shortly after, reruns of his beloved sitcom – in which Owens played son-in-law Elvin Tibideaux – were pulled from the air.

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THE COSBY SHOW -- Season 7 -- Pictured: Geoffrey Owens as Elvin Tibideaux (Photo by Alan Singer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE COSBY SHOW -- Season 4 -- Pictured: (clockwise from left) Tempestt Bledsoe as Vanessa Huxtable, Malcolm-Jamal Warner as Theodore 'Theo' Huxtable, Sabrina Le Beauf as Sondra Huxtable Tibideaux, Geoffrey Owens as Elvin Tibideaux, Phylicia Rashad as Clair Hanks Huxtable, Bill Cosby as Dr. Heathcliff 'Cliff' Huxtable (center) Keshia Knight Pulliam as Rudy Huxtable -- (Photo by: Al Levine/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE COSBY SHOW -- Pictured: (back row, l-r) Malcolm-Jamal Warner as Theodore 'Theo' Huxtable, Phylicia Rashad as Clair Hanks Huxtable, Sabrina Le Beauf as Sondra Huxtable Tibideaux, Geoffrey Owens as Elvin Tibideaux, Tempestt Bledsoe as Vanessa Huxtable, (front row, l-r) Bill Cosby as Dr. Heathcliff 'Cliff' Huxtable, Keshia Knight Pulliam as Rudy Huxtable - (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE COSBY SHOW -- Season 4 -- Pictured: (l-r) Sabrina Le Beauf as Sondra Huxtable Tibideaux, Geoffrey Owens as Elvin Tibideaux -- (Photo by: Al Levine/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE COSBY SHOW -- Pictured: Geoffrey Owens as Elvin Tibideaux (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE COSBY SHOW -- Pictured: (l-r) Phylicia Rashad as Clair Hanks Huxtable, Malcolm-Jamal Warner as Theodore 'Theo' Huxtable, Tempestt Bledsoe as Vanessa Huxtable, Bill Cosby as Doctor Heathcliff 'Cliff' Huxtable, Sabrina Le Beauf as Sondra Huxtable Tibideaux, Keshia Knight Pulliam as Rudy Huxtable, Geoffrey Owens as Elvin Tibideaux (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE COSBY SHOW -- Season 6 -- Pictured: (bottom) Malcolm-Jamal Warner as Theodore 'Theo' Huxtable, (middle row) (l-r) Keshia Knight Pulliam as Rudy Huxtable, Lisa Bonet as Denise Huxtable Kendall, Joseph C. Phillips as Lt. Martin Kendall, Raven-Symon�as Olivia Kendall, (top row)(l-r) Geoffrey Owens as Elvin Tibideaux, Sabrina Le Beauf as Sondra Huxtable Tibideaux, Bill Cosby as Doctor Heathcliff 'Cliff' Huxtable, Phylicia Rashad as Clair Hanks Huxtable, Tempestt Bledsoe as Vanessa Huxtable -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
THE COSBY SHOW -- 'Monster Man Huxtable' Episdoe 13 -- Air Date 01/08/1987 -- Pictured: (l-r) Bill Cosby as Dr. Heathcliff 'Cliff' Huxtable, Malcolm-Jamal Warner as Theodore 'Theo' Huxtable, Geoffrey Owens as Elvin Tibideaux (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Air Date 05/19/2009 -- Pictured: (front row, l-r) Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Earle Hyman, Malcolm-Jamal Warner (back row, l-r) Keisha Knight Pulliam, Raven Symone, Geoffrey Owens -- The cast of The Cosby Show reunite to talk about the series and the release of the 25th Anniversary Commemorative Edition dvd set (Photo by Lisa Berg/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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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)
Actor Geoffrey Owens attends the 9th Annual TV Land Awards at the Javits Center on April 10, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
THE COSBY SHOW -- 'The Birth: Part 1 & 2' Episode 6 & 7 -- Aired 11/10/88 -- Pictured: (l-r) Bill Cosby as Dr. Heathcliff 'Cliff' Huxtable, Geoffrey Owens as Elvin Tibideaux -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 07: Actor Geoffrey Owens attends the press launch for FringeNYC 2012 at the New School for Drama on August 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Mack/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) (L-R) Geoffrey Owens and Condola Rashad attend Broadway's 'Romeo & Juliet' closing night party at Butter on December 8, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
LUCIFER: Guest star Geoffrey Owens in the 'Deceptive Little Parasite episode of LUCIFER airing Monday, May 8 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
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The actor, 57, was spotted manning the register at a Clifton Trader Joe’s in early September, and photographers of his side hustle quickly went viral.

Owens told People the job-shaming that came along with the photos left him feeling “humiliated” and hurt.

“They went out of their way to find the very worst picture of me, in the worst shirt and the worst posture,” he said. “The words they used to describe me were so demeaning.”

Owens explained that he never believed he’d be financially set for life thanks to “The Cosby Show,” but felt he was doing fine.

“I always expected that one way or another I would work and make a living,” he said. “Whether it was teaching, directing, acting, little job here and little job there, I’d patch it together… The funny thing is, I never go too long without booking something, which is not a surprise, the only issue is, the things that I book last one day or two days at the most. I’ll book something for one day but then not work three or four months.”

The actor has appeared in bit parts in shows like “Elementary, “Divorce” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” in recent years.

The outpouring of support for him after the photos were published was swift, and even earned Owens a gig on Tyler Perry’s OWN drama “The Haves and the Have Nots.”

Perry reached out via Twitter offering Owens the job, and TMZ reported Friday that he will appear in a recurring, 10-episode role on the series.

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July 1973: The actor, Bill Cosby, in Perth. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 16: Actor Bill Cosby leaves his New York City home accompanied by his wife, Camille (L,) and a young woman with her hands over her face, believed to be one of his four daughters, enroute to Los Angeles, CA, 16 January 1997 after his son Enis William Cosby was found shot to death along a California freeway. The young Cosby, 28, was found in a pool of blood after he stopped to change a flat tire. (Photo credit should read BOB STRONG/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, : Actor and comedian Bill Cosby (R) and his wife Camille arrive at the White House 06 December for a reception prior to being honored at the 21st annual national Kennedy Center Honors. Cosby and the other honorees will be saluted later 06 December at a performance in the Kennedy Center's Opera House. AFP PHOTO/CHRIS KLEPONIS (Photo credit should read CHRIS KLEPONIS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Co-hosts Oprah Winfrey and Bill Cosby joke with each other during the opening of the 2000 Essence Awards 14 April, 2000 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Actor Danny Glover and basketball star Michael Jordan were two of the honorees at the ceremonies sponsored by Essence Magazine. AFP PHOTO/Matt CAMPBELL (Photo credit should read MATT CAMPBELL/AFP/Getty Images)
386603 06: Rachel Robinson and Actor Bill Cosby, who was the Master of Ceremonies, share a moment March 12, 2001 at The Jackie Robinson Foundation 2001 Awards Dinner at The Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. (Photo by George De Sota/Newsmakers)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Actor Bill Cosby arrives at the NBC 75th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza in New York 05 May 2002. The actual anniversary fell on 15 November, 2001. AFP PHOTO Doug KANTER (Photo credit should read DOUG KANTER/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 9: Actor Comedian Bill Cosby shows off the Presidential Medal of Freedom he received from U.S. President George W. Bush during a ceremony July 9, 2002 at the White House in Washington, DC. The medal is the highest civilian award given to those who have made meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
PHILIDELPHIA - MAY 22: Comedian and member of the Board of Trustees of Temple University Bill Cosby enters the arena prior to speaking to the graduates of the Class of 2003 at Temple University's commencement ceremony in The Liacouras Center May 22, 2003 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Don Murray/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 21: Actor Bill Cosby poses backstage with his 'Bob Hope Humanitarian' award during the 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium September 21, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 12: Comedian Bill Cosby introduces the film 'Fat Albert' at Temple University's Liacouras Center for the world premiere of 'Fat Albert' December 12, 2004 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The film, based on Bill Cosby's 'Fat Albert' cartoon series of the 70's, opens nationwide Christmas day. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 11: Comedian Bill Cosby performs at the Apollo Theater on December 11, 2005 In New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 14: (AFP OUT) Entertainer Bill Cosby speaks during a taping of 'Meet the Press' at the NBC studios October 14, 2007 in Washington, DC. Cosby spoke on the new book he co-authored 'Come On, People: On the Path from Victims to Victors.' (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images for Meet the Press)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 19: Bill Cosby arrives at the Esquie Magazine and Village Academies event honoring Bill Cosby at Esquire North November 19, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Loud/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 26: Comedian Bill Cosby poses for photographers at the 12th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the John F. Kennedy Center on October 26, 2009 in Washington, DC. Cosby is this year's honoree. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 08: Bill Cosby and his wife Camille Cosby speak onstage at the Apollo Theater 75th Anniversary Gala at The Apollo Theater on June 8, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA - APRIL 6: Bill Cosby, Ed.D. poses for pictures before accepting the Marian Anderson Award at a gala concert produced in partnership with The Philadelphia Orchestra April 6, 2010 at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MARCH 08: Comedian Bill Cosby attends the Jackie Robinson Foundation Annual Awards Dinner at the The Waldorf Astoria on March 8, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for The Jackie Robinson Foundation)
LAS VEGAS - OCTOBER 09: Actor/comedian Bill Cosby speaks onstage during Andre Agassi Foundation for Education's 15th Grand Slam for Children benefit concert at the Wynn Las Vegas October 9, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event raises funds to help improve education for underserved youth in the Las Vegas community. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 02: Comedian Bill Cosby promotes new book 'I Didn't Ask To Be Born: But I'm Glad I Was' at the Barnes & Noble, 5th Avenue on November 2, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10: Bill Cosby accepts the Impact Award for 'The Cosby Show' with (L-R) actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner, presenter Stevie Wonder, actors Raven-Symone and Sabrina LeBeauf onstage at the 9th Annual TV Land Awards at the Javits Center on April 10, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 07: Host Bill Cosby speaks onstage at the 2011 Jackie Robinson Foundation awards gala atThe Waldorf=Astoria on March 7, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for The Jackie Robinson Foundation)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14: Bill Cosby performs during the Screen Gems Presents The Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation Gala at Cipriani Wall Street on May 14, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation)
BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 13: Actor Bill Cosby gestures to the crowd after throwing out the first pitch prior to the game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees on September 13, 2012 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 05: Bill Cosby hosts the Jackie Robinson Foundation Awards Gala at The Waldorf=Astoria on March 5, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for The Jackie Robinson Foundation)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 15: Actor/comedian Bill Cosby speaks onstage during the 100th anniversary celebration of the Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalows supporting the Motion Picture & Television Fund and the American Comedy Fund hosted by Bill Cosby at the Beverly Hills Hotel on June 15, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for BHH)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 06: Bill Cosby performs at the 7th annual 'Stand Up For Heroes' event at Madison Square Garden on November 6, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 22: Bill Cosby speaks during the 55th Anniversary of Ben's Chili Bowl on August 22, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 04: Dr. Bill Cosby speaks onstage at the The Jackie Robinson Foundation Annual Awards' Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on March 4, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for The Jackie Robinson Foundation)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 26: Comedian/actor Bill Cosby performs at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino on September 26, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Comedian Bill Cosby addresses the Press Room during the 2014 American Comedy Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on April 26, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 10: Actor/comedian Bill Cosby performs onstage at Funny Or Die Clubhouse + Facebook Pop-Up HQ @ SXSW - Day 2 on March 10, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Comedian Bill Cosby attends 2014 American Comedy Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on April 26, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, FL - NOVEMBER 21: Actor Bill Cosby performs at the King Center for the Performing Arts on November 21, 2014 in Melbourne, Florida. (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)
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