Finally, some good news for Nicki Minaj! She’s cleared her “conscious” and made good on her promise to pay Rashad Show (this is what I call it now, deal) alum Geoffrey Owens the money she promised him when he was spotted working at a New Jersey Trader Joe’s earlier this month. Nicki found somebody who knew how to Google and sent him a check for $25,000. As predicted, Geoffrey didn’t want her charity, so he’s already gone ahead and donated that money to a charity that’s near and dear to his heart.
According to TMZ, Geoffrey donated the money to The Actors’ Fund in the name of Earle Hyman, a legendary actor who lived and died in The Actor’s Home, an Actors’ Fund run housing facility that provides “short-stay rehabilitation, assisted living, skilled nursing, certified dementia care and hospice care”. Geoffrey told TMZ:
“I would like to give this donation of 25k to the Actor’s Fund in memory of the late, great Earle Hyman — who played Cosby’s father, ‘Russell’, on “The
CosbyRashad Show” — who lived his last many years and died at the Actors’ Home. I am extremely grateful to Nicki Minaj for enabling struggling actors to continue pursuing their dreams.”
Earle wasn’t only known for playing Claire Huxtable’s father-in-law on The Rashad Show, he was also a venerated theater actor. According to The New York Times:
He appeared on and off Broadway in a score of productions over six decades, a lifetime of Beckett, O’Neill, Pinter, Albee and lesser lights as well as Shakespeare and Ibsen.
Earle died in November of last year. And here’s the real kicker – Nicki’s reaction to the announcement was completely and totally appropriate! She told TMZ:
“I’m happy to be a part of a great cause. I wish Geoffrey much success and want him to know how loved he is. Rest in Peace to Earle Hyman.”
Meanwhile, Geoffrey’s prospects keep looking up. Deadline reports that in addition to the work he got on Tyler Perry‘s The Haves and the Have Nots, Geoffrey just got hired for a feature film. He’ll be playing opposite Hilary Swank in a noir thriller called Fatale. This is probably the only feel good story about The Rashad Show you’re likely to hear for a while so, enjoy!