Kal Penn Quits ‘House’ for White House

Hugh Laurie, right, and Kal Penn are shown in a scene from the Fox series, 'House.' (AP Photo/FOX, Adam Taylor)

Hugh Laurie, right, and Kal Penn are shown in a scene from the Fox series "House" (AP Photo/Fox - Adam Taylor)

Lawrence Kutner, the Indian guy on “House,” killed himself in last night’s episode.  Now, Kal Penn, the actor who plays him, will get a job in the White House.

White House spokesman Shin Inouye said Tuesday that the actor who had a recurring role on Fox’s TV show “House” and has starred in several movies would join the staff as an associate director in the Office of Public Liaison. His role will be to connect Obama with the Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities, as well as arts groups.

Penn starred as Kumar in the movie, “Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay.”

Does John Cho get a job, too?  It could be another sequel: “Harold and Kumar Go to the White House?”

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Comments

  1. Kal Penn was also a terrorist Ahmed Amar on season 6 of 24.

    Anyone want to bet how long before Sean Hannity/Rush Limbaugh/etc. start playing clips from the show and implying this is proof that Obama can’t be trusted on national security issues?

  2. odograph says:

    Leaving aside the nastier bits in “Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay” … those guys are like this generation’s Cheech and Chong. The mind boggles, as if Tommy Chong were joining the Carter Administration.

    (This leads me to believe legalization will happen in the next 20 years.)

  3. Phil says:

    That‘s gotta be a pay-cut! Always admirable to see people going into public service, even if he is in PR now.

  4. Billy says:

    The mind boggles, as if Tommy Chong were joining the Carter Administration.

    Now I love Tommy Chong, particularly for his principled stance in the face of targeted persecution by the horrible Pennsylvania USA Mary Beth Buchanan (and, in one of the worst decisions Obama has made so far, she’s still there). But if you’ve listened to either of them speak on matters of substance, it becomes readily apparent that Tommy Chong is no Kal Penn.

    Also seconding the likelihood of Hannity, et al., using the 24 clips, even if as “satire.”