Kal Penn’s Character in House Commits Suicide; Penn Bags a Job in Washinton

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If you’re a fan of House, you’re probably aware of the news that someone is going to die this season, and surprisingly, the show decided a surprise suicide would be a good story. Kutner, played by Kal Penn, has committed suicide on House and with good reason – the actor has been hired to become the associate director in the White House Office of Public Liason.

Administration officials confirmed Tuesday that the 31-year-old Indian-American actor will be an emissary between President Barack Obama’s administration and arts groups as well as Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities.

Last year, Penn campaigned extensively throughout the country for President Obama and was a hit on college campuses. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Penn explained why he decided to leave “House.” He explained, “I 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. They take out all of the red tape that falls between the general public and the White House. It’s similar to what I was doing on the campaign.”

However, pay for being in Washinton would require a massive cut, unlike being in the entertainment business. Penn acknowledged this, saying, “There’s not a lot of financial reward in these jobs, But, obviously, the opportunity to serve in a capacity like this is an incredible honor.”

Asked if he’s giving up acting, Penn replied, “Not necessarily. Who’s to say where any path leads? I still have a passion for it. But for the time being, I won’t be acting.”

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