Kal Penn leaves House for a job in Obama administration

April 9, 2009  |  9:38am
Kal Penn was one of the more tireless supporters of Barack Obama last fall, and he used his reputation (or a delicately cleaned-up version of it) to court younger voters. Now he’s decided to make his new calling full time with a job in the White House, EW.com reported on Tuesday.

The announcement coincided with a major event for his character on House in an episode that aired Monday. Alas, it’s also safe to assume this puts the planned third Harold and Kumar flick on hold, probably for good.

Despite the enormous pay cut, Penn told EW he had considered a career shift for some time. He’ll work as an associate director in the office of public liaison, described on the White House's site as "the front door to the White House through which everyone can participate and inform the work of the President."

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