Kal Penn returns to the White House after shooting new 'Harold & Kumar' movie

Kal Penn has returned to a job in the White House after shooting A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas this summer. Last year, Penn — who uses his given name Kalpen Modi while working for the government — requested that he be written out of his role on Fox’s House so he could take a job with the Obama Administration as a liaison to the Asian American and arts communities. He’s now working at the Office of Public Engagement as an associate director, according to a White House statement given to ABC News.

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  • Lena

    Why doesn’t this guy make up his mind about what he wants to do for a living? Was he desperate for some quick, easy cash, is that why he made that movie?

    • Jennifer

      Sounds like he knows exactly what he wants to do: make the odd, occasional movie while devoting most of his time to public service. He’s fortunate that he’s able to do so, but I’m not going to bash the guy just because he’s had some good luck.

      • Rach

        Who wouldn’t love to have those options? People bashed on him for leaving after a year and now they’ll bash him for coming back.

      • Anneka

        As someone who’s actively looking for a job in the public sector, it’s irritating and discouraging that someone can so casually move in and out of a job. We all would like to contribute to society while exploring our creative options, but unfortunately, it’s simply not a reality.

      • Betty

        Have any of you considered the possibility that he had a contractual obligation to do a sequel? I don’t know for sure if that’s the case, but it’s likely…either way, who cares?!

      • sugarlove

        at here ,i just want to tell u .im not spamer..but its a real nice place ..where amazing happen,,many nice singles get his (her) real love from here ..sure me too ,,,now i just hope everyone happy,,so share u this place.like my name,((,se’ek wea lthy.c’om))..im sure u will like it ..because of its real a nice place fo ru meet a hot ,army,boss.we althy and so on..and ite F’R’E’E’..er

      • Lola

        Anneka – I feel your pain! I bet Kal Penn never had to plod through the USA jobs website!

    • Bob

      How DARE he explore his options.

    • Blue in Texas

      The jobs he does in government are made easier by the noteriety he gets from doing the movies and TV. He’s been in outreach and PR positions.

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  • Dicazi

    I miss his character on “House” and I wouldn’t watch a Harod & Kumar movie if you paid me….but why shouldn’t he do what he wants to do?? If he can do an occasional movie to pay the bills and work in public service, what’s the problem??

    • Dicazi

      I wouldn’t watch Harold & Kumar either. LOL

    • steph

      I only watch them for John Cho. I have a ridiculous mad crush on him. lol.

  • Evie Harris

    He serves for the pleasure of the President!

  • g

    i can’t get one damn job and the a**hole is jumping from job to job?

  • Karl

    OK… haters…

  • Dollie

    Short, sweet, to the point, FREE—exactly as information sohuld be!

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