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Kal Penn Officially Quits White House Job To Film 'Harold & Kumar' Sequel

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 06/23/10 05:37 PM ET Updated: 05/25/11 05:50 PM ET

Kal Penn Leaving White House
Kal Penn, who goes by his real name Kalpen Modi at the White House, is leaving his post in the Obama Administration.

Kal Penn officially left the White House's Office of Public Engagement earlier this month, a White House spokesperson confirmed Wednesday.

"In order to fulfill a commitment he made prior to the start of his employ here, Mr. Modi resigned his post on June 1," White House spokesman Shin Inouye told CNN, referring to Penn by his given name, Kalpen Modi, which he used in his official role at the White House. "We deeply appreciate his service and wish him the best in his future endeavors."

Earlier reports suggest that Penn's prior commitment may be a Christmas-themed "Harold and Kumar" sequel, slated to be directed by Todd Strauss Schulson and possibly presented in 3D.

Penn joined the Obama Administration as liaison to the Asian American and arts communities last summer after leaving the cast of the Fox TV show "House." In April, he was robbed at gunpoint in Washington D.C.

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