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House star Penn quits show for White House

The Namesake

Story by Jack Foley

ACTOR Kal Penn has temporarily quit the entertainment industry to take a job in the administration of President Barack Obama.

The star, who most recently has been enjoying a recurring role in medical drama House alongside Hugh Laurie, has landed a job work in the Office of Public Liaison.

According to the BBC, his role will be to connect the recently elected President with Asian, Pacific Island communities and arts groups.

Accouncing his decision to US journalists, the 31-year-old said he wanted to work in public service, but denied he was retiring from acting.

“It’s not like I’m retiring from acting,” he maintained. “I certainly intend to come back at some point.”

Penn was a vocal supporter of Obama throughout his historic election campaign and spoke at the President’s inauguration concert at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.

Aside from House, Penn has also appeared on the big screen in films such as is Harold and Kumar and The Namesake (pictured).

He was recently seen making a dramatic exit from House.