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'House' Alum Kal Penn Quitting White House Gig to Join 'How I Met Your Mother'

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jul 13th 2011 8:30PM
Kal PennKal Penn left acting and his series regular gig on 'House' two years ago to move to Washington, D.C. and work for the Obama administration. Now he's back in Hollywood ... just don't expect to see his now-deceased 'House' doc haunting the halls of Princeton Plainsboro anytime soon.

Penn is returning to TV with a major role on CBS' 'How I Met Your Mother,' according to TVLine.

Penn will reportedly be leaving his post of associate director in the office of public engagement at the White House later this month, and their 'HIMYM' source says he will play a new love interest for unlucky-in-love Robin Scherbatsky (played by Cobie Smulders).

Although a show rep declined to comment on the casting scoop, we can't help but get excited. Not only would this mean a new man for Robin, but it would also mark Penn's reunion with series star Neil Patrick Harris, who played "himself" in Penn's wildly popular 'Harold & Kumar' movies.

But back to his reported 'Mother' of a role romancing Robin. After failed relationships with the two remaining single men on the show, a full season of focusing on her career, and her onetime maybe-more-than-a-fling Barney (Harris) finding a new lady, 'HIMYM' executive producers Craig Thomas and Carter Bays have been teasing that there'd be someone new for her as well in Season 7.

We're happy to hear that Robin will be getting back on the dating scene soon, and hope we can count on the former Canadian popstar to bring in some more cute male guest stars as possible love interests. I mean, it's about time, eh?

What do you think of the casting news?

Check out an in memoriam clip of Penn's last TV character, Dr. Lawrence Kutner from 'House.'


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Kath Sy

he is a great actor and it would surely be a waste of talent if he wont go back to acting! great move! i will be watching your shows via online tv tvhook.com. good luck and more power!

July 17 2011 at 1:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bobnpath

how I met your mother is one of the lowest, sorriest, most predictable junky shows on TV....
I had hoped this guy had picked up a little class.

July 14 2011 at 7:39 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Jamie

how i met your mother aside...how could he have picked up any class? he was afterall working for obama for the last 2 years!!! however, quitting shows he did pick up some sense regardless of how long it took him :)

July 16 2011 at 12:10 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Stuart

i know that dude he smokes a lot o weed

July 14 2011 at 6:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jlwilliams22

LOL. This is old news and you all are acting like people dont leave administrations all the time. Get a life. I'm not the biggest Obama fan but you idiots make the loons like Bachman look like a Harvard Law Professor.....wait Obama was that too!

July 14 2011 at 6:45 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
bowshot553

hmmm no experience hires no experience seems theres a pattern there.

July 14 2011 at 6:44 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
t7hg9h

OMG !!! He looks like that jew pedophile, LEVI ARON, that just murdered and dismembered that poor little 8 year boy in NY, then put some of the body parts in his refrigerator and the rest in a dumpster. I hope he's no relationship of that sicko

July 14 2011 at 6:36 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
t7hg9h

OMG !!! He looks like that jew pedophile, LEVI ARON, that just murdered and dismembered that poor little 8 year boy in NY, then put some of the body parts in his refrigerator and the rest in a dumpster. I hope he's no relationship of that sicko

July 14 2011 at 6:36 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
FreeAmerica

An actor leaves the White House, I thought they were gonna say Obama hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

July 14 2011 at 6:08 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
brickridge

Why did a liberal actor leave the whiter house, because even obama was too liberal for him.

July 14 2011 at 6:05 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
Ro

Let it go dem's, your guy didn't come through admit it, see it for what it is, don't disilusion yourselves, don't blame everybody but the guy behind the wheel, anyway its not the party but the person! we need someone smart and strong! In his campain he promised to create 10 million jobs?? jobs are lost everyday can you not see the forest through the trees? where does he want to get this short fall for the budget, from social security, thats it bail everyone out and screw the same people that put the money there in the first place!! Believe me you that stand behind this guy are in the minority!!! God Bless America

July 14 2011 at 5:20 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

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