Kalpen Modi, aka Kal Penn, aka Kumar, leaves the White House, returns to showbiz
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.
The Reliable Source
June 22, 2010; 5:57 PM ET
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