Penn, who left the cast of "House" to take a position at the White House Office of Public Engagement, left the job on June 1 because of "prior obligations," CNN reports. "We deeply appreciate his service and wish him the best in his future endeavors," White House spokesman Shin Inouye says.
Just what "prior obligations" would be so important as to leave a job at the White House? Well, obviously, it's "Harold & Kumar 3."
The third movie in the franchise, "A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas," recently began shooting in Michigan, with Penn and John Cho once again starring. Neil Patrick Harris has said he'll be back as well.
Penn, who campaigned for Barack Obama in 2008, was an associate director in the Office of Public Engagement, which tries to make the government more accessible to citizens.