Actor Kal Penn, who plays Dr. Lawrence Kutner on the Fox television show House, M.D.,has announcedthat he is leaving the show to take a job at the White House in the Obama administration.
Penn, who is probably more famous for his role in the movie Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle, will be an Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Liaison. In lieu of Penn leaving the show, his character has been written off the show by committing suicide.
Penn was a big supporter of President Obama throughout the campaign in 20008. His position in the White typically pays between $41,000 and $91,000/year.
So this is a somewhat surprising move by Penn. He is leaving the glitz and glory of the small screen behind to take a job that pays much less than any acting job would ever pay. But I commend him for it though.