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

Report: Actor to leave Obama administration

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/02/art.kalpenn.file.gi.jpg caption="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

Filed under: Extra • Kal Penn • Popular Posts • White House
soundoff (92 Responses)
  1. Tp

    What was he doing there in the first place.....
    Endemic of a silly group of people who too many people listened to for a few months last year....

    April 2, 2010 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  2. normajean

    Who the "H" is Kal Penn? So he's leaving the White House. Who cares? Is he taking the front door or the back? How can you call this news? Give us a break. Nothing new going on today?

    April 2, 2010 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  3. Cliff

    I thought this would be an article about OBAMA!

    Aw, shucks!

    April 2, 2010 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  4. harold

    Can Republicans actually create jobs for USA and fight Terrorism ....All with small government?. And small ideas... similiar to those of the 8 years that created this mess?..See historynet.com.. great depression... republicans..

    April 2, 2010 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  5. klondike

    Wow, sounds like Aunt Bea and Opie woke up on the wrong side of the bed... What's wrong? Your trailer home isn't big enough? Ran out of ammo shootin' possums?

    April 2, 2010 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  6. normajean

    You people that turn the presidents name into something you think is funny are not only disrespectful,arrogant and uneducated,you don't seem to realize that in the real world, it just makes you look stupid. Sorry, why don't you change directions and get a real life.? Would you be smart enough to know it when you saw it.? I doubt it.

    April 2, 2010 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  7. Betty

    Yea, we miss his hollywack. wood role. welcome back!

    April 2, 2010 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  8. diridi

    I do not even know as to who is this dude, so does not matter...ok, I shall support pres.obama....with full swing...he passed health care...we need to pass stringent visa system and immigration to all...

    April 2, 2010 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  9. Dems are dead weight for this country

    Good to know the White House only hires qualified people. He had about as much experience leading to his position as his boss had, and frankly similar results. Well, at least Kal Penn has a job acting, as most dems are the type that sit at home lazily collecting money. Instead of constantly criticizing republicans, maybe dems should get jobs and contribute back to this country. Repubs seem to be the ones that work hard and fund this country's success, and Dems are stupid enough to want to disincentivize repub investing because they have a vendetta against the rich. Get jobs, you lazy bums.

    April 3, 2010 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  10. Silvia

    I don't really understand why an actor (not a popular one) was in the president's adminstration. Also, why is it a big deal that he's leaving? So what? Maybe he's getting sick of Michelle or something.

    April 3, 2010 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  11. ThinkAgain

    "Sue" is so funny with her absolute statements: "Every single" blah blah blah.

    It's that kind of unthinking, generalized comments that turn people off.

    Try thinking for a change and coming up with a nuanced response, and maybe you'll gain a little credibility.

    Until then, you're just another GOP/Republican/Fox parrot.

    April 3, 2010 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  12. Hollyweird

    Leaving to make a movie based on your WH experience? Will it be a cirme story, one where the citizens are the victims of a tyrant that only cares about his own special agenda?

    I'll be sure not to watch it.

    April 3, 2010 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  13. jeff

    Really WHO CARES maybe he can continue to try and sell the health care bill since Obama keeps pitching it even though he signed it into law does that not seem odd to anyone cnn.//?????

    April 3, 2010 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  14. steve in k.c.

    What did he do there? Not enough love it sounds like. Obama shuns other rising stars, if you haven't already noticed.

    April 3, 2010 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  15. Levi

    As a fan of Obama and his administration, and a fan of Kal Penn's work, I was never sure what he was doing or did in the white house in the first place. As a public liaison, we didn't see much of him.

    And for those that don't like Obama, or his administration. I'm okay with that, you all liked Bush, who is a moron who nearly ruined this country, and you don't like Obama, for trying to clean up Bush's mess. Seems like we want two different Americas here, and I'd rather live in a free country, where ALL of it's citizens have equal rights and we're allowed to choose how we live, with reason over religion and freedom above security. Get rid of the Patriot Act and give us more corporate regulation. For once the government should be looking out for the little guys.

    April 3, 2010 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  16. Erik...

    Ah it's so great to see the super clever posts of other "actors" in the White House. I wish cynicism wasn't such an awful disease in this country.

    April 3, 2010 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  17. bong

    Kumar! Time to toke it up, buddy!!!

    April 3, 2010 02:53 am at 2:53 am |
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