The Star Of NBC’s “Mr. Robinson,” Spoke To BOSSIP About Rick Ross’ Assault Arrest, And How His Teaching Stint Shaped His New Sitcom
Craig Robinson said he’s fortunate to have great help around his house, because after all, who wants to end up allegedly pistol whipping a gardener like Rick Ross?
“My housecleaner is really good, so I haven’t had that problem,” the funnyman joked. “I can’t imagine how bad (the landscaper) screwed up. He must not be there day to day.”
Georgia police cuffed Ross, real name William Leonard Roberts, and bodyguard Nadrian Lateef James, 42, June 24 after a landscaper complained the pair used a gun to beat him and kept him in a guest room in Ross’ palatial spread in Fayette County.
Robinson, a musician himself, said he was a fan of the MMG rapper and hoped everything turned out OK.
“That was not well thought out,” Robinson told BOSSIP. “I hope he can bring himself together to make things right with the landscaper, and the landscaper with him and what have you—and the law.”
“The Office” star spoke to BOSSIP June 24 at NBCUniversal’s New York Press Day. He was in town to promote his new show, “Mr. Robinson,” where he stars as a substitute teacher who plays in a band trying to make it big. The show loosely paralleled Robinson’s own life: he spent four years teaching music in Indiana and Chicago public schools before pursuing acting and comedy full time. And his real life band, Nasty Delicious, plays with him on the sitcom.
“That’s where the pressure was,” he said of his time in the classroom. “You had to meet lesson plans, deadlines, you had to meet parents, you had to discipline kids. It’s rough.”
Robinson said he’s now seeing the impact he had on his former students; many still reach out to him and follow his career.
“That’s the stuff you don’t see till later on,” he said. “Kids are inspired, and they reach out to me on social media, and they’re like ‘I just remember you being a teacher, and you said you were going to do this, and it’s inspiring to see that.’”
Robinson is now gearing up for a trip to Germany, where he’ll film the indie flick “Morris From America,” then he’ll play King Arthur in a stage production of “Spamalot” at The Hollywood Bowl.