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Geoffrey Owens is doing just fine, thank you very much. Now. This past weekend, however, was quite the roller coaster for the former Cosby Show actor. In case you missed it, a New Jersey woman thought she would get her kicks by sneaking a photo of Owens bagging groceries, then sharing it with the Daily Mail and Fox News. Because apparently, since he played Elvin Tibideaux, husband of eldest Huxtable daughter Sondra, from 1985 to 1992, anything else is inferior.

Owens, who does, indeed, still act (in fact, you may have seen his recent appearances on Divorce, Blue Bloods, The Blacklist and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), appeared on Good Morning America Tuesday morning and opened up about all the attention he’s received since the photo of him went viral.

Proudly wearing his Trader Joe’s name tag, he told GMA‘s Robin Roberts that he was initially “really devastated” by all the shaming. That is, until celebrities and fans alike jumped to his defence on social media and jumped down the job-shamers’ virtual throats.

“The period of devastation was so short because so shortly after that, the responses, my wife and I started to read [them] … and fortunately the shame part didn’t last very long,” he said. “It’s amazing.”

He continued: “It’s really overwhelming, in a good way. I kind of feel like that character in that Woody Allen movie that wakes up one morning and he’s a celebrity all of a sudden … it came out of nowhere. I really want to thank everybody out there … for the incredible support, the amazing support and positivity that they’ve shown for me. It’s quite astounding.”

Owens worked at Trader Joe’s for 15 months, saying he first took the job because he wanted “flexibility” in order to stay in the entertainment business (where he been acting, teaching and directing for over 30 years). Owens revealed he has since quit his job at the grocery store.

“People recognized me every day and they were very, very cool about it.” Until that one annoying person who shared it with two outlets that would of course turn it into a job-shaming extravaganza. And that’s the real shame.

“I hope that this period that we’re in now, where we have a heightened sensitivity about that, and a reevaluation of what it means to work and the idea that some jobs are better than others — that’s actually not true. There is no job that’s better than another job. It might pay better, it might have better benefits, it might look better on a resume and on paper. But actually, it’s not better. Every job is worthwhile and valuable.”

He added: “No one should feel sorry for me. I’ve had a great life. I’ve had a great career. I’ve had a career that most actors would die for. So no one has to feel sorry for me. I’m doing fine!” Damn right.

And while Owens said there’s been “all kinds of interest” over the last few days, he admitted he’d rather get gigs on his own merit.

“I wouldn’t mind getting auditions but I wouldn’t feel comfortable with someone giving me a job because this happened,” he said. “I want to get a job because I’m the right person for that job.”

How great is Geoffrey?? Here’s hoping he’s able to get his job at Trader Joe’s back so he can balance it with what he loves doing. Because being able to do something you’re passionate about? That’s priceless. And, hey, if the benefits are good and the company is world-class, all the better.