April 2nd, 2010
08:07 PM ET
8 years ago

Report: Actor to leave Obama administration

The White House wouldn't confirm a report Friday that actor Kal Penn is leaving the Obama administration.

The White House wouldn't confirm a report Friday that actor Kal Penn is leaving the Obama administration.

Washington (CNN) - The White House isn't confirming a report that actor Kal Penn is leaving the Obama administration.

Entertainment Weekly reported Friday that Penn, best known for his roles in the "Harold and Kumar" films and on the popular medical drama "House, M.D." is leaving the White House.

Penn, whose real name is Kalpen Modi, has spent much of the past year working in the White House Office of Public Liaison, which is run by Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett.

EW.com reported that the actor is returning to Hollywood to resume his acting career, starting with a Christmas-themed installation of the "Harold and Kumar" series.

Despite the report, the White House press office isn't saying much about Penn's plans.

"Mr. Modi is honored to serve in this Administration and has no announcements to make about his tenure here at this point," White House spokesman Shin Inouye told CNN.

Penn, a long-time Obama supporter, endorsed Obama's White House bid in late 2007, and was a frequent surrogate on the campaign trail.

Entertainment Weekly shares the same parent company as CNN.

– CNN's Kate Bolduan contributed to this report

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soundoff (92 Responses)
  1. valwayne

    I've always enjoyed Kumar. I was disappointed to find out he was a Kool-aide drinking Obama supporter. Its good to see that as Obama has broken all his promises, and it becomes obvious that the real Obama is the campaign Obama, but the man who sat in Rev Wright's church for 20 years listening to hate, that the Kool-Aide wears off, and former Obama supporters are heading for the exits!!!

    April 2, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  2. Ravi

    Sad to see him go, but I think he's a good actor. Hopefully we'll get another H&K movie :D.

    April 2, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  3. JoJo

    Maybe he going to start a motel chain.

    April 2, 2010 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  4. John Smith

    Harold and Kumar films reflect the philosophy of this administration about the ilegal drugs. Our kids are in danger.

    April 2, 2010 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  5. David in San Diego

    Right–The expected year in that position has come and gone. Don't the Republican't dip-doodoos and their abettors have anything productive to do for a change, besides creating "news" where none exists.

    April 2, 2010 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  6. Tom

    Disillusioned? Burned out? Bored? Feeling hurt? Wasn't invited to the Obama 4 on 4 basketball games? Who knows?

    April 2, 2010 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  7. art wolff

    His new movie is going to be called Harold and Kumar Escape the Damage of the Bush Administration.Starring George W. Bush and his daddy.Quote from film"OH DADDY LOOK WHAT I DID"

    April 2, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  8. jwenko

    To Frank, below – using Obamlogic, GWB saved or created millions of lives with his hard line against terrorism. Sure, he was a progressive (TARP, Amnesty, etc.) and ruined the economy by not doing more to stop Barney Frank, Chris Dodd and Alan Greenspan from forcing Fannie/Freddy to give home loans to those who had no business having them, but I can live with all that because it sure beats having died in a series of unprevented terrorist attacks. This little inconvenient reality is the bane of existence for liberals.

    April 2, 2010 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  9. Glen Zeidler

    When I read the headline I thought Hillary Clinton was going to give up her role as Secretary of State in the disaster film, Amateur Hour at the White House. Looks like Penn sees the writing on the wall or did he read the script first.

    April 2, 2010 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  10. PoorB4

    EXCELLENT!!! I love Harold and Kumar movies!

    April 2, 2010 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    The real actor is still residing in the White House.

    April 2, 2010 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  12. Bill in Dallas

    So what is the inuendo here? He dislikes Obama. That seems to be the theme of the day at CNN. Maybe he wants to pursue his acting career and has nothing else in mind. You guys are like FOX News you have to interprete everything against Obama.

    April 2, 2010 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  13. glenn Burton

    I guess he's tired of the bad dialogue the White House script writers are feeding him.

    April 2, 2010 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  14. Nancy, NY

    Nobody can work for this liberal president. he has been a disaster. It is time for him to go.

    April 2, 2010 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  15. Liberalism is a mental disorder

    Wow no surprise – yet another inexperienced, no talent hack in this white house administration....

    April 2, 2010 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  16. RH Potfry

    Harold and Kumar discover Hope and Change?

    April 2, 2010 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  17. MP

    Who the hell is he and why should anyone care???

    April 2, 2010 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  18. james

    The White House pays good, but it won't pay the $10,000 house payment. like Hollywood can.

    April 2, 2010 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  19. GentleCritic

    How sad that a nice story is tarnished because of a few garbage minded imbeciles.

    April 2, 2010 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  20. Joe Unger

    The guy is a joke. So the guy said he only wanted to do this for one year. Sounds like he was never that into it in the first place. Guess he doesn't really believe in public service, only jumping on the Obama bandwagon to make himself part of the scene. I'll bet anything this putz has soured on Obama. He could have stayed longer if he wanted to, couldn't he? A year of this didn't change his mind at all.

    April 2, 2010 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  21. Chad from Tampa

    I never heard of this guy, must be a crappy actor.

    April 2, 2010 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  22. Grrr-Awful-O

    Oh, at first I thought they meant Obama. Since he plays the president in real life.

    April 2, 2010 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  23. Liz

    Maybe then the President can finally appoint someone with some better credentials... I hear Lindsay Lohan needs a job.

    FYI Reagan was a GREAT President – Obama should hope that he's at least a fourth of the President Reagan was!!!!! So far President Obama has a long way to go.

    April 2, 2010 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  24. ronalde

    Kal is being true to his word,he said that he would stay a year and he did i'm sure he can make more money in hollywood,good luck in your next films,and for all you palin lovers out there she is the one who quit.there is an old saying out herequitters never win and winners never quit.

    April 2, 2010 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  25. Disturbed Minor

    So what if Kal leaves? He already is an actor and him being part of the Obama administration has to add stress in his life. If he leaves it will allow him to continue with his career and be free of the difficult debates and decisions in the future "Change" method with Obama.

    April 2, 2010 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
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