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    Donald Glover Was Straight Up Told He Was A "Diversity" Hire On "30 Rock" By Tina Fey

    Donald got his first writing gig on 30 Rock when he was still in college.

    When Donald Glover signed on as a writer for 30 Rock in 2006, he was still in college — and he felt like he wasn't supposed to be there.

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    Looking back on his early experience in the writers room, Donald says he was plagued by not only imposter syndrome but also daily nightmares.

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    "I used to have stress dreams every night where I was doing cartwheels on the top of a New York skyscraper with the other writers watching me," Donald recently told GQ.

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    And Donald's imposter syndrome was only made worse by the fact that he knew he was hired as part of a diversity initiative at NBC.

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    At the time, NBC allowed shows to add a Black writer to their writers room without it counting against their budget.

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    Donald says he was straight up told he was a diversity hire by executive producer Tina Fey — but there were no hard feelings.

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    "There is no animosity between us or anything like that, but [Tina Fey] said it herself... it was a diversity thing," he explained.

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    He added that he later learned that the job came down to him or Black-ish creator Kenya Barris.

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    "I didn’t know it was between me and him until later," Donald said. "He hit me one day, and he was like, 'I hated you for years!'"

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    Despite the circumstances of his hire, Donald made his mark on the 30 Rock writers room, and star Tracy Morgan says they all took notice.

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    "When I first read his writing during 30 Rock, I was like, ‘He’s got it,'" Tracy shared. "The things he wrote for me made me very funny. He got me nominated…twice!"

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    You can read all that Donald had to say here.