Celebrity·Posted on Apr 5, 2023Donald Glover Was Straight Up Told He Was A "Diversity" Hire On "30 Rock" By Tina FeyDonald got his first writing gig on 30 Rock when he was still in college.by Alex GurleyBuzzFeed ContributorFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 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. Gregg Deguire / FilmMagic / Getty Images Looking back on his early experience in the writers room, Donald says he was plagued by not only imposter syndrome but also daily nightmares. Lionel Hahn / Getty Images "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. Matt Winkelmeyer / FilmMagic / Getty Images 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. Jamie Mccarthy / Getty Images for Writers Guild of America East At the time, NBC allowed shows to add a Black writer to their writers room without it counting against their budget. Natasha Campos / Getty Images for CAA Donald says he was straight up told he was a diversity hire by executive producer Tina Fey — but there were no hard feelings. Christopher Polk / NBCU Photo Bank / NBCUniversal via Getty Images "There is no animosity between us or anything like that, but [Tina Fey] said it herself... it was a diversity thing," he explained. Cindy Ord / Getty Images He added that he later learned that the job came down to him or Black-ish creator Kenya Barris. Araya Doheny / Getty Images for Netflix "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!'" Gary Miller / WireImage / Getty Images 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. Dominik Bindl / Getty Images "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!" Matt Winkelmeyer / FilmMagic / Getty Images You can read all that Donald had to say here.