Kal Penn Leaves 'House' for White House

ABC News' Nitya Venkataraman Reports:

Fans who prefer Kal Penn in Harold & Kumar 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.

In the interview, Penn says while he's "not necessarily" retiring from acting, he's been thinking a move to politics "for a while."



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Apr 7, 2009 7:02PM EDT

Aww. So that's why he left? So he could work for the White House? I know that it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity thing, but still. I would much rather see him on House than to see him working in the White House. I liked him the best out of four on the team.

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