Fans of NBC's 'Community' likely know that series co-star Donald Glover will have a limited appearance in the upcoming fifth season.
Glover is poised to appear in only five episodes of the 13-episode season, and with numerous projects in the works for the actor-writer-musician it seemed a case of too many irons in the fire. Unexpectedly, Glover took to Instagram on Tuesday and posted a series of emotional hand-written notes that elaborated on his exit from the NBC series, as well as musings on fears of being a one-hit wonder.
"I feel like I'm letting everyone down... I'm afraid ['Community' creator/showrunner] Dan Harmon hates me," he revealed, continuing to elaborate on the speculated reasons for his abrupt series exit. "I didn't leave 'Community' to rap. I don't wanna rap. I wanted to be on my own... Kept looking for something to be in with. Follow someone's blueprint. But you have to be on your own."
He continued, "I'm afraid of the future, I'm afraid my parents won't live long enough to see my kids. I'm afraid my [upcoming FX] show will fail... I'm scared I'll never reach my potential... I'm scared I'll never grow out of 'Bro Rape.'" (For the uninitiated, 'Bro Rape' was a comedy skit that launched Glover and his fellow Derrick Comedy crew to internet stardom).
He continued, "I'm scared I'll be Tyrese." I laughed. Actor Tyrese Gibson probably didn't.
The messages served as both a public venting of his insecurities about the future as well as a positive message to fans about forging one's own path in life. He closed, "I got really lost last year. But I can't be lonely tho[ugh]. Cause we're all here. We're all stuck here. I wanted to make something that says, no matter how bad you fuck up, or mistakes you've made during the year, your life, your eternity, you're always allowed to be better. You're always allowed to grow up. If you want."
While it's disappointing that Glover will be making a hasty exit from NBC's 'Community' just as Harmon is returning, I'm intrigued to see what the talented creator brings to the table with his upcoming 'Atlanta' series for FX. Hopefully he is able to overcome his insecurities and fears since Glover is clearly overflowing with talent and potential.