Kal Penn Leaves ‘House’ for White House

By Nitya

Apr 7, 2009 12:12pm

ABC News’ Nitya Venkataraman Reports: Fans who prefer Kal Penn in "Harold and Kumar’s Escape from Guantanamo Bay" may just have to settle for him in a role that involves the actual detention facility. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the recently departed "House" star says it was his decision to leave the hit show — and acting, for now– for the daily grind at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.  Call it Hollywood’s revolving door or a touch of glamour in the White House Office of Public Liaison. "I was incredibly honored a couple of months ago to get the opportunity to go work in the White House," Penn told EW’s Michael Ausiello. "I got to know the President and some of the staff during the campaign and had expressed interest in working there, so I’m going to be the associate director in the White House Office of Public Liaison." Penn, best known as the latter half of stoner duo "Harold and Kumar," endorsed Obama’s presidential campaign in December 2007, and campaigned for the then-Democratic presidential candidate from the Iowa caucuses through Election Day as a celebrity surrogate. On a conference call this afternoon hosted by Fox, Penn said his new job probably means no more "Harold and Kumar" movies for the forseeable future, but that it doesn’t mean he’s retiring from acting. "I certainly intend to come back at some point," Penn said. — NITYA VENKATARAMAN

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