Donald Glover Reveals the Real Reason He Quit Community: 'I Wanted To Be On My Own'

Donald Glover Leaving CommunityDonald Glover is speaking out for the first time about his decision to part ways with Community.

In a series of candid, stream-of-consciousness Instagram messages, the actor-musician he “didn’t leave Community to rap,” adding, “I don’t wanna rap. I wanted to be on my own. I’ve been sick this year. I’ve seen a bunch of people die this year. This is my first time I’ve felt helpless… Kept looking for something to be in with. Follow someone’s blueprint. But you have to be on your own.”

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Glover, who will appear in the first five episodes of the NBC comedy’s upcoming fifth season,  went on to write, “I’m afraid [Community creator] Dan Harmon hates me. I’m scared I won’t know anything ever again. I’m scared I never knew anything. I’m afraid I’ll regret this. I’m afraid this doesn’t matter at all.”

As reported over the summer, Glover has inked a deal to write, produce and star in a half-hour comedy pilot for FX titled Atlanta. He also has an album in the works (presumably under his stage name Childish Gambino), but a release date remains up in the air. “The label doesn’t want me to release in December ’cause it’s not a holiday record,” he explained in one of the posts. “And I’m not a big artist.”