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House can stop his investigation. Dr. Kutner was called by a higher power — in Washington:

New Jersey-born actor Kal Penn, who played a stoner Guantanamo Bay escapee in the movies and a doctor on TV’s “House,” has scored a job in the White House. Way to go, dude!

Penn, 31, will become associate director in the White House Office of Public Liaison, administration officials confirmed Tuesday. The Indian-American film star will be an emissary to the Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities, along with arts and entertainment groups.

Penn campaigned extensively throughout the country for President Obama last year and was a hit on college campuses.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Penn explained why he decided to leave “House.” His character inexplicably committed suicide in an episode that aired Monday night.

“I was incredibly honored a couple of months ago to get the opportunity to go work in the White House,” Penn explained. “I got to know the President and some of the staff during the campaign and had expressed interest in working there.”

Penn described the office as the “front door” of the White House, saying he’ll be responsible for doing outreach with the American public.

“They take out all of the red tape that falls between the general public and the White House,” he said. “It’s similar to what I was doing on the campaign.”

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