Kal Penn leaves 'House' to take a job in the White House

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Kal Penn volunteered as a floor whip at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. (AP Photo)

Actor Kal Penn is leaving one "House" for another.

Penn, of "Harold and Kumar" fame, is taking a position in the White House as an associate director in the office of public liaison, according to several online reports.

Penn told Entertainment Weekly that he "was incredibly honored a couple of months ago to get the opportunity to go work in the White House. I got to know the President and some of the staff during the campaign and had expressed interest in working there."

(Click here to read the entire EW interview.)

Penn acknowledged to the magazine that he will be taking a sizable pay cut, and leaves the door open to a future return to acting.

Penn's character on "House," Lawrence Kutner, committed suicide on the show, prompting Fox to set up a "mourning" site for Penn's character that includes an obituary.

Sun-Times political correspondent Lynn Sweet has more.

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