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Kalpen Modi, aka Kal Penn, aka Kumar, leaves the White House, returns to showbiz

He's outta there: Kalpen Suresh Modi in front of the White House, March 4, 2010. (AP/Charles Dharapak)

Ladies and gentlemen, Kal Penn has left the building -- and finally ended his brief reign as the most famous associate director of the White House Office of Public Engagement in history. The 33-year-old actor-turned-Obama-staffer started filming the third "Harold and Kumar" movie near Detroit on Monday. White House officials tell us that he officially stepped down on June.1.

After spending months on the campaign trail for Obama, Penn left the cast of the hit Fox show "House" and took a huge pay cut for the honor of a federal job. In D.C., he went by his birth name, Kalpen Modi, and walked to work. When he was mugged for his wallet near his Logan Circle home, it made national news.

White House officials on Tuesday cast his departure as a no-hard-feelings thing, citing "a commitment he made prior to the start of his employ here." That would be his return to the role of lovable stoner Kumar. Awesome news: This one, set for a 2011 release, will be in 3-D.

By The Reliable Source  |  June 22, 2010; 5:57 PM ET
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I like Kalpen / Kal Penn -- but does he have a problem with gigs with "House" in the title?

Posted by: egc52556 | June 22, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

I bet he is regretting ever leaving house for this administration. Wow and I was feeling bad just for making the mistake of voting for Obumble but to lose millions because of it would drive me over the edge.

Posted by: PennyWisetheClown | June 22, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

How About Someone Calling for The House- specifically Nancy Pelosi- to support the Senate Bill eliminating the 21% Cut to Doctors who take care of Seniors and the Disabled on Medicare! This cut actually went into effect this week.
If it stays in effect, Doctors will begin to opt out of Medicare- reducing the availability of services. It it reverts back, then claims will need to be resubmitted a second time, costing all of us millions in administrative fees!

Where is the Washington Post on this Story?

Pelosi wants a jobs bill tied to this approval- let it be considered alone on its merits and get our parents' doctors paid!

Posted by: thecannula | June 23, 2010 8:05 AM | Report abuse

Maybe he will take some self defense classes. He has got to be tired of getting beat up and having his wallet taken from him.

Posted by: john_bruckner | June 24, 2010 6:58 AM | Report abuse

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