Aftermath of the Geoffrey Owens whirlwind: He quit Trader Joe’s, the woman who took viral pic regrets it

This image released by ABC shows co-host Robin Roberts, left, with "The Cosby Show" actor Geoffrey Owens during an interview on "Good Morning America," Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in New York. Owens says he’s thankful for the support he has received since photos of him working a regular job at a grocery store showed up on news sites. He said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that he did feel some people were trying to job shame him. But he stressed that “every job is worthwhile and valuable.” (Paula Lobo/ABC via AP)
Published September 7, 2018
Updated September 7, 2018

Here's some entertainment (and entertaining) news you might've missed this week.

Geoffrey Owens quit that Trader Joe’s job and the woman who took the pic regrets it

The woman who snapped the viral photo of actor Geoffrey Owens bagging groceries at Trader Joe's now says she wishes she could take it all back. Karma Lawrence didn't think much of it when she snapped a photo of Owens at the Clifton, N.J., grocery store — she was a fan of his work on "The Cosby Show" and suspected that Bill Cosby's sex assault scandal had somehow led to Owens losing his residuals. "I didn't think anything bad about it," she told "I work a normal job. I actually wanted to go up to him and say something, but I thought, 'You might embarrass him.' But then I did something that actually embarrassed him more." The photo soon made its way to outlets like the Daily Mail and Fox News, which shamed Owens for his apparent fall from life as a celebrity. Lawrence said on her end, "it wasn't malicious"; she was simply surprised. In an interview with "Good Morning America," Owens said he was "devastated" by the job-shaming, though his attitude had turned around after a massive outpouring of support. Still, the whole incident may have prompted a resurgence of sorts for Owens, a Yale graduate who has had steady work over the past few years on shows like "Elementary" and "Divorce." Tyler Perry offered Owens an acting job on Twitter, a move Owens called "encouraging." Owens has since quit his job at Trader Joe's. New York Daily News

L.A. won’t prosecute Kevin Spacey, Steven Seagal after sex abuse allegations

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office has declined to file charges against three actors accused of sexual abuse in the wake of the #MeToo movement. Kevin Spacey and Steven Seagal won't face criminal charges following allegations from the 1990s because the alleged incidents are beyond the statute of limitations, and prosecutors rejected filing a charge against "Black-ish" actor Anthony Anderson, citing insufficient evidence. The three men are among dozens in Hollywood under investigation by police in Los Angeles County following sexual abuse accusations. Los Angeles Times


Demi Lovato’s mansion is on the market

The California mansion where Demi Lovato reportedly overdosed this summer is now on the market. The pop star recently listed her sprawling Los Angeles-area house for $9.45 million as she continues to seek treatment for substance issues, according to People. "Her house is up for sale," a source told the magazine. "She's getting healthy and putting the past behind her." An online listing describes the home as 5,564 square feet with four bedrooms, six bathrooms and "unobstructed views from Downtown to the Pacific Ocean." Lovato, 25, has not been back at the Hollywood Hills residence since she suffered the apparent overdose on July 24, according to TMZ. New York Daily News

ABC’s new Bachelor is outspoken virgin Colton Underwood

ABC officially has a new star of "The Bachelor." And quite a few viewers aren't pleased. The network announced Tuesday that Colton Underwood — the 26-year-old former football player and third runner-up on last season of "The Bachelorette" — will become the next Bachelor. This is on the heels of his exit from spinoff "Bachelor in Paradise" on Monday night, when he ended his fling with contestant Tia Booth. "After a summer of growth and a new perspective on what he is looking for, Colton is more than ready for this next chapter," ABC said in a news release. Also, as Colton has discussed on the show multiple times, he is a virgin. For ABC, this is a big win. In 2013, Sean Lowe was nicknamed the "Virgin Bachelor" after the tabloids reported he was a "born again virgin," although the show itself avoided the topic. So can you imagine how excited the producers are for a "Bachelor" star who will actually talk about it? ("That's one thing that I took pride in on both seasons, is just being true to where I am," Colton told Michael Strahan on "Good Morning America" Tuesday.) The potential storylines are endless. Washington Post

Julia Louis-Dreyfus back to work on ‘Veep,’ raising money for cancer charity

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is back at work on "Veep" and said it feels "fantastic." The star of the HBO comedy series revealed last September that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. As work began recently on the show's seventh and final season, Louis-Dreyfus told the Associated Press: "I feel good. I feel strong. I've got energy and, yeah, back to my old tricks. It feels like I never left." The "Seinfeld" alum has signed on to her first cancer awareness initiative, helping design a flower-adorned T-shirt as part of Saks Fifth Avenue's Key to the Cure program. The limited-edition shirt will sell for $35 at Saks stores Oct. 1-31, with 100 percent of proceeds passed to the AiRS Foundation, a nonprofit Louis-Dreyfus supports for its work in helping women with the costs of breast reconstruction after mastectomy. Associated Press


‘The Predator’ drops scene featuring registered sex offender

Just hours before the premiere of "The Predator" at the Toronto International Film Festival, Twentieth Century Fox said it removed a scene from the film with actor Steven Wilder Striegel after learning he is a registered sex offender. A spokesperson for Fox on Thursday said Striegel's single scene in the film was promptly cut after the studio learned of Striegel's background. Fox said it didn't know of the actor's history because of legal imitations on running background checks on actors. Shane Black, director of the fourth installment in the sci-fi action franchise, has long been a friend of Striegel's and has frequently cast him in his films. Black later apologized, saying: "Having read this morning's news reports, it has sadly become clear to me that I was misled by a friend I really wanted to believe was telling me the truth when he described the circumstances of his conviction. … After learning more about the affidavit, transcripts and additional details surrounding Steve Striegel's sentence, I am deeply disappointed in myself. I apologize to all of those, past and present, I've let down by having Steve around them without giving them a voice in the decision." . Associated Press

In other news …

LEGAL NEWS: Mike Isabella, the celebrity chef whose company once included more than a dozen restaurants, several stands at Nationals Park in Washington and a 41,000-square-foot food hall at Virginia, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Thursday in federal court.

SPLIT: The Goldbergs star Jeff Garlin, 56, filed for divorce from his wife of 24 years, Marla Garlin, this week, according to TMZ.


DATING: Former Bachelorette contestant Clay Harbour is dating Angela Amezcua, who has been on Bachelor in Paradise this summer after vying for Nick Viall's heart on The Bachelor.

SPLIT (OF SORTS): According to People, longtime collaborator Jenni Pulos has parted ways with Jeff Lewis Design on the Bravo show Flipping Out. According to the mag, the moment will air as part of the show's 11th season, premiering Tuesday.

ENGAGED: Denise Richards, 47, and Aaron Phypers after about nine months of dating, according to People. Phypers finalized his divorce from Desperate Housewives star Nicollette Sheridan last month.

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