Kal Penn’s character committed suicide on last night’s episode of “House, M.D.,” and if you’re really going to bitch and moan about me not writing “spoiler alert” first, then you need to either watch your programs the night that they air or realize that it’s not like any character besides House matters on “House.”
Anyway, it turns out that Penn asked to be written off the show so that he can go work for President Obama. He spoke about the move to EW’s Michael Ausiello.
I understand it was your decision to leave House. True?
KAL PENN: Yes. I was incredibly honored a couple of months ago to get the opportunity to go work in the White House. I got to know the President and some of the staff during the campaign and had expressed interest in working there, so I’m going to be the associate director in the White House office of public liaison. They do outreach with the American public and with different organizations.
Penn’s specific assignment will be working with the Asian-American and arts communities. It’s a pretty cool move, but I don’t see why his character had to die. Why does every healthy character on TV just die when the actor leaves the show. Why not, “Hey, I got a job in a different city and I’m moving”? That happens all the time. Or the character could just disappear without a word, and then it could come out that his buzzkill ex-girlfriends kept tracking him down and looking for child support. C’mon, who hasn’t gone through that before?